BBC's new highlights show savaged by viewers on Twitter
Published 30/06/2015 | 14:16
The BBC's revamped Wimbledon's highlights show was subjected to stinging attacks from viewers after its first broadcast on Monday night.
The corporation has ditched its traditional format for the daily highlights package called 'Wimbledon 2day', which saw pundits discussing the day's play with presenter John Inverdale on one of the All England Club's outdoor terraces, for a more interactive approach.
This year, presenter Clare Balding discussed the action in front of a live audience of fans - some of whom came dressed in bright orange jackets - at The Gatsby Club, one of Wimbledon's hospitality suites.
The format did not appear to sit well with viewers, who criticised the BBC for 'dumbing down' its coverage and for not making best use of pundits John McEnroe and Lindsay Davenport, both former Wimbledon champions.
Nice job, BBC! Why bother with tennis highlights when you can just have an hour of inane babbling instead? #wimbledon2day— Jonathan Watson (@jwatson1) June 30, 2015
Where's Inverdale?! Bring him back #Wimbledon2Day— Helen Paddon (@helentroup) June 29, 2015
"Wimbledon 2Day?" Why can't the BBC spell? It's not the '80s. #Wimbledon2day— amyvicks (@amyvicks) June 29, 2015
Oh, so the BBC is sticking with that "Wimbledon 2Day" title then? I thought it was a joke.— Ian Hyland (@HylandIan) June 29, 2015
The BBC's decision to appoint Balding as the presenter of highlights show came after a series of embarrassing gaffes from Inverdale, who was subsequently dropped from the show.
Inverdale had offended viewers by saying on-air that former champion Marion Bartoli was "never going to be a looker", and accidentally referred to "rose-c----d glasses" in an Radio Five Live interview during the Cheltenham Festival.
Still, at least one viewer seemed to enjoy the new show...
Can we just appreciate this jolly woman on Wimbledon 2Day. Icon pic.twitter.com/tOAphVp7aB— Nathan Jones (@nathanjones495) June 29, 2015