In sorting through a box of miscellaneous papers the other day, I came across this letter, which the recipient, a BBC newsreader, gave me at some point (it is undated). I have replaced all names with initials, for obvious reasons. The address from which it was written is limited to the name of the county.
This is to tell you that I think you have a revolting voice – very unpleasant timbre, too high pitched for a male newsreader, sounds like a young child’s.
Some time ago I wrote to XW, who suffers from the same problems, and asked him to tell you and VU.
Since then the worst of all, TS, has come back from what I hoped was the dead.
The very second I hear your voices or an announcement saying you’re about to begin, I switch off as I don’t want to be sick.
I keep hoping something will happen soon to all of you so the news can be read by people with pleasant voices.”
[signed illegibly – of course!]
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