Thursday, February 11, 1999 Published at 18:20 GMT
All-party backing for 'youth icon' Hall
Stuart Hall: "Rich mellifluous voice redolent of Gielgud"
TV and radio presenter Stuart Hall has been given all-party backing for what is described as his "unique" style of broadcasting.
The motion, by the former Labour sports spokesman Tom Pendry, says Mr Hall is an "icon with the youth of today" with his football reporting on BBC Radio 5 Live.
It goes on to say "he recently forced the country into discovering Ozymandias, thus reinventing Percy Bysshe Shelley as a popular poet, and made the 1970s TV game-show It's a Knockout into a "surreal quasi xenophobic art form".
Mr Hall told the BBC: "I can't believe it really. It's so nice of them.
"It's a real accolade and I'm overwhelmed."
He won fame as presenter of It's a Knockout, but it is as a football commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live that he now has a chance to exercise his larynx - and his imagination.
The Mancunian motormouth is renowned for his nicknames for football grounds.
But more mysteriously, Liverpool's Anfield ground is the Colisseum.
The School of Science is Everton's Goodison Park and The Shrine is Old Trafford.
This Saturday Mr Hall will be at the School of Science reporting on the FA Cup clash between Everton and Coventry.
His prediction? "It will not be égalité."
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