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I haven't seen or heard any of the coverage, but I assume they are using pairs of commentators/summarisers in the same location to overcome delay issues on the feed that they are commentating from, with those at home doing more of an analyst role than calling it ball by ball?

For TMS there aren’t necessarily pairs in each location - for example Jonathan Agnew, Andy Zaltsman and Ebony Rainford-Brent are each in their respective homes. Aggers is certainly doing ball by ball commentary.

A former colleague told me they’re all working from the same feed source with a known delay (allowing for some latency in each person’s internet connection).

Those in Salford have pictures that are delayed to match the feed to others commentating from elsewhere. So whilst they won’t all be perfectly in sync, it’s close enough that it doesn’t cause a problem.

From what I’ve heard it’s working very well.

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BBC One Breakdown

All of this mess on Wales could have been avoided if they did as I've suggested and joined forces with N.I. between 8:05pm - 9:00pm to keep the show on the road in 2 out of the 4 Nations.

I’ve not worked in playout, but do have career long experience on live radio and TV news coverage in studios and on location.

What you ‘could have’ done is very different to what you ‘can do’ in any given situation, especially when your sole focus is to try to rectify a situation and / or keep things going.

Procedures and plans are useful to know or have close at hand, but in the end those involved have to make the best decisions they can under pressure.

Unless you know the exact circumstances, nature of the fault / problem or were there are the time, you have no basis for coming up with a fantasy schedule of what “could have” been done.

Especially when writing a forum post after the event whilst sitting at home.