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BBC presenter criticised for pronouncing 'th' as 'f'

PICTURED: Russell Evans is a BBC announcer who gives updates on forthcoming shows and lottery results

BBC VIEWERS have criticised voiceover actor and presenter Russell Evans, over his pronunciation of 'th' as 'f'.

Evans was criticised after reading out last week’s Thunderball numbers and introducing a film described as a “friller” rather than a “thriller” on BBC One.

The former Radio 1Xtra presenter also said “Funderball” and “Firty free” - to the dismay of some BBC viewers.

Sarah Morgan said: "Listening to the continuity announcer giving lottery results before Match of the Day was painful. Firty, free and fousand aren't numbers I've ever heard of. Dear, oh dear."

Meanwhile, Tony Lewis added: "Over the last couple of days I've watched a film described as a friller, told about programmes on BBC Free and Radio Free and had time checks for free firty. I'm for free speech, but please can people speak properly?"

Despite the social media comments and emails complaining about Evans pronunciations, BBC bosses hit back at critics and told the programme: “BBC1 has different voices and accents to represent the rich diversity of people in the UK.

“Our announcers are encouraged to speak in their natural style and directed to clearly communicate the right information to our audiences.”

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