Journalist Tom Egbers is best known as host NOS Sports Studio. In addition to being a sports journalist, he is the creator of three travel programs about Great Britain: British Toms (2018), Irish Tom (2019), Scottish Toms (202). “As Harry Mulisch said: ‘Germany is a country of composers, France of political innovators, Holland is a country of Dutch masters. And England has been a country of storytellers since Shakespeare.’
There are so many stories in England, dramatic or romantic, and people are very good at telling them. It will be interesting to see what happens to them since Brexit. Britain was culturally a role model for many other countries in the 1960s; pop music, football, Vivienne Westwood, design. Everyone is leaning on it. What’s left of the British Empire?”
Sports presenters are passionate about language, for writers like WF Hermans, Harry Mulisch, Gerard Reve. Egbers is widely praised for secret subordinate phrases in announcements, subtle references or beautiful metaphors in his presentations.
“Sport is generally not a complicated matter,” Tom replied. “But it doesn’t hurt if you have a sentence in there that may not be clear to everyone, if it doesn’t bother everyone. On the day Reve died, I tried to weave Reve’s famous titles and phrases into the results on the broadcast of the summary I had to write. announce it. I like that. There’s always an audience to catch it.”
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