A job for the BBC Pronunciation Unit

The BBC has had a special department dedicated to the subject of pronunciation in one form or other since its establishment.

“The BBC’s Pronunciation Unit is part of Information and Archives. It consists of a specialist team that advises the whole of the BBC on the pronunciation of any word, name or phrase in any language.”

That includes Hebrew, as we see below:

Olmert

Peretz

Indeed, Hebrew stress does often fall on the last syllable and so it has been rather surprising of late to hear (for example here from 06:16) BBC journalists referring to the Go-lan Heights rather than the Golan with a short ‘o’ and the stress on the second syllable. 

Perhaps the team at the Pronunciation Unit could have a word…

Have readers noticed any other pronunciation bugbears in BBC coverage? 

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