Speculation is growing in media circles the Seven Network is preparing to dump controversial commentator Brian ‘BT’ Taylor from its 2015 Football coverage.
Taylor sparked widespread outrage last month after referring to a Geelong player as a ‘Big Poofter’ during a planned comedy segment on Seven's pre-game Saturday Night broadcast.
At the time of the incident he was 'censured' and ordered to take part in 'couselling and education'.
Taylor was already on thin-ice with the network having been axed as Host of the Saturday Night pre-game show after considerable criticism from audiences that did not enjoy his ‘blokey’ style.
Taylor once considered Australia's number one AFL commentator on radio has always struggled to make the transition to Television with worn out catchphrases such as 'Wowee' frustrating viewers
Seven's Saturday Night AFL coverage is unique for using a single commentator in Taylor to call the play. Sources from within the network have told this website that Seven is worried this style has become 'to predictable' particularly during one sided matches.
A more traditional 'two caller' commentary is now being considered with the most likely combination being Luke Darcy and Basil Zempalis.
This weekend will see Luke Darcy calling football on Television for the first time when he joins Bruce McAvaney to commentate the Hawthorn vs Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
While Luke Darcy has been calling football on TripleM radio for several years, until now he has been limited to only providing ‘special comments’ on Television alongside Taylor.
A Seven Network spokeperson was unavailable for comment yesterday.
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