Thursday 8 December 2016

2Day faces overhaul for 2Morrow

Published 06/07/2015 | 14:16

The BBC2 programme, hosted by Clare Balding, will move to a studio above Centre Court and its live audience will be axed
The BBC2 programme, hosted by Clare Balding, will move to a studio above Centre Court and its live audience will be axed

The BBC is to change the format of its revamped Wimbledon 2Day highlights show after it was panned by critics and viewers.

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From this evening the BBC2 programme, hosted by Clare Balding, will move to a studio above Centre Court and its live audience will be axed.

Questions were raised after the round-up show was broadcast last week from a studio in the private members' Gatsby Club, close to Wimbledon, which was hired for an undisclosed fee.

Viewers also criticised the show's informal style, with some comparing it to satirical show W1A.

It had already been tweaked last week to include more match highlights, from 21 minutes on Monday to 33 on Friday, before today's major overhaul.

The new round-up programme replaced long-running Today At Wimbledon hosted by John Inverdale.

An online survey for the Radio Times last week found that 95% of those polled wanted the traditional format reinstated.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "We said from the outset that Wimbledon 2Day would evolve throughout the championship.

"Of course we listen to audience feedback and that helps to shape the changes we make.

"We have moved to a new location, on top of the Centre Court building, which gives an excellent backdrop of the heart of Wimbledon, as the championship builds to its climax."

The spokeswoman added that despite the criticism viewing figures had remained similar to last year, with a peak of 1.9 million.

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