The Hollywood Reporter, the UK Radio Times, and at least one BBC blog have banded together on a story about a situation that has the Beeb’s very highest level up in arms. Specifically, that would be BBC Director General Tony Hall, who has had this to say publicly:
I don’t want to sound like a grumpy old man, but I think muttering is something we could look at.
According to Hollywood Reporter.Com, Hall is specifically talking about the fact that “actors aren’t speaking as clearly as they might in BBC drama output.”
Backing this up, Andrew Billen, TV critic at The Times of London, recently stated that he gets more mail about viewers not being able to hear the dialog than on any other subject because “TV is watched by old people,” and “as people get older they find it more difficult to distinguish dialogue from background noise and production techniques have made things worse.”
To which we can only reply, OMG! OMG! OMG! They have scandal after scandal about sexual assaults against children, but this is what the boss is upset about?
Shades of the Catholic Church!