Sky has confirmed that it is dropping its coverage of the Oscar Pistorious trial because of the horrible, harsh and grating accents of the Prosecution and Defence team barristers.
A spokesman for the channel told the press, "Sky believed the Pistorious trial was going to be the trial of the century, OJ or Michael Jackson all over again and we had big advertisers lined up as a result. But now two days into proceedings they're withdrawing their support en masse; most saying that to watch more than two minutes of coverage leaves any right-thinking viewer reaching for the off button, as the non-rhotic racket and endless mangling of English is just too much to bear."
Linguistics oddity, art critic Brian Sewell, widely regarded as having one of the most preposterous and irritating speaking voices in the country entered the fray last night, "I don't understand it as these barristers are clever and highly educated people. But they're making a complete show of themselves and quite frankly they just sound common and unpleasant. Even worse than Australians who do that awful rising interrogative thing at the end of every sentence. Why on earth they just don't do as I do and pretend they're really posh by putting on a silly accent heaven only knows."