BBC sorry for ‘over-talking’ by Wimbledon pundits
Beeb posts apology in response to complaints about too much chit-chat
From the gratuitous celebrity-spotting between games to the disastrous attempt by Sue Barker to interview Rafael Nadal with a broken mike moments after the men's final was over, the BBC coverage of Wimbledon this year was not faultless.
Now the Beeb has seen fit to apologise for one flaw in particular – too much chit-chat from commentators, or as a corporation spokesman put it,"over-talking".
"The aim of our commentary team was to inform our audience and give context to the matches," the BBC explained in a statement posted yesterday in response to complaints.
"Views on our commentary are of course subjective and we do appreciate that over-talking can irritate our audience," it continued. While it hoped to have "achieved the right balance," the corporation said, "we are of course sorry if on occasion you have not been satisfied."
The BBC put a variety of past players in the commentary box to add what it called "balance and insight" to matches. Viewers could switch on and find themselves being guided through a match by the nasal tones of Tim Henman, complimented perhaps by the gruff American confidence of John McEnroe or Greg Rusedski's Canadian drawl.
Clearly some people felt that their efforts actually detracted attention from the match – over 100 people registered complaints. As for the other millions who tuned in to watch Wimbledon, they may have found chatty commentary to be the perfect way of hiding another of this year's most annoying sounds – Maria Sharapova's grunting. ·
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