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article imageDavid Jacobs and David Coleman RIP

By Alexander Baron     Dec 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Two of the biggest names in BBC presenting died this year. David Jacobs was 87 as was David Coleman. The two men were poles apart.
Or as David Coleman himself might have said: They had nothing in common at all except for when they did.
These were really two men from a bygone generation, Jacobs in particular was most definitely old school. The two were born within a month of each other in 1926, less than 3 years after the publication of the first issue of the Radio Times, but they followed entirely different paths. Jacobs was a dedicated radio and later TV presenter who had a heavy emphasis on music. His death was reported here in September.
Coleman was an amateur runner who went into sports reporting in his 20s, and ended up covering no fewer than 11 Olympic Games as well as presenting a string of BBC sports programmes including the now defunct Grandstand.
He will though almost certainly go down in history for what the magazine Private Eye called Colemanballs, a particular type of gaffe that only a sports commentator can make. The snooker commentator Ted Lowe came out with a classic in the early days of televised snooker: “For those watching in black and white, the yellow is next to the pink.”
On Coleman's death, a number of media outlets have reproduced some classics from the master himself, like these.
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