Haynes R (2019) Hugh McIlvanney: Gatekeeper of Sports Truth. Sports Heritage: From Sporting Past to Future Wellbeing Blog [Blog post] 25.01.2019. https://sportheritage.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/hugh-mcilvanney-gatekeeper-of-sports-truth/
The death of the Scots born sports journalist, writer and broadcaster Hugh McIlvanney represents the consummation of a particular era of sports journalism in which they were the gatekeepers of the British love-affair with sport. Today’s gatekeepers are not journalists but the publicists and communication managers of elite sport, who are the hidden persuaders of how the public perceives its sport stars and their athletic achievements. Layer on top the noise of social media, and the voice of the sport journalist is increasingly lost in the din of the inane.