According to this meta post accent questions, especially those that are well researched and about real-life public figures are on topic.

I'm just curious as to what accent the English cricket commentator David Gower speaks with. I see from his wiki page he was born in Kent but that page says nothing about where he was educated. The sounds he makes sure is pleasant.

PS - Here is a link, copyright should be OK looks like an official youtube channel.

  • I wouldn't put him quite as 'ultra-standard' as say Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf trying to sound like Tolkien himself, or Stephen Fry as Jeeves, but a strong and perhaps unexpected dollop of Oxbridge while retaining a nice hint of a Kentish perhaps via Tanganyika (almost Ozzie) edge. And nowadays less prone to be caught out in slips. Dec 16, 2019 at 11:43
  • Edwin that sounds like an answer, would you please post it as such?
    – Neil Meyer
    Dec 16, 2019 at 12:04
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    People like Gower aren't particularly useful in terms of identifying real regional and/or class-based accents, because of their highly mobile backgrounds (although "well-spoken", Gower is something of a "linguistic mongrel"). Dec 16, 2019 at 13:14
  • Sorry, Neil, I've no supporting material, so regard it as not authoritative enough to be submitted as an 'answer'. Dec 16, 2019 at 14:43
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    Southern RP with maybe a very faint hint of Estuary. He was born in Dar-Es-Salaam when it was the capital of Tanganyika and lived there until he was 6 so he has a slight British East Africa twang. Dec 16, 2019 at 17:23


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