Could not agree more with what you wrote on the other forum James, and I'm a tennis fan.
red buttons on the BBC this week, as well as BBC2. So seven channels available right at this moment tonight. BBC4 doesn't need to be made an eighth last minute channel option. No excuses for feeding tennis coverage into BBC4 schedules like this, especially for a mere doubles match in the early rounds. Infatuation with Murray knows no bounds it seems.
Infact to some people I bet that BBC4 is more obscure than pressing the red button in the first place.
There is one broadcast red button stream on Freeview, not six, and I think to claim that BBC Four is more obscure that the red button is a bit much. It also ignores the fact that using BBC Four meant the first hour of the Murray doubles match could be seen in HD by viewers on all platforms.
Taking a step back, “Put him on the f****ng red button” is just another way of saying that a 30 year old repeat should be prioritised over a live sporting event likely to be of interest to far more viewers. (It’ll be very interesting to compare the ratings.) That waiting 4 hours (or at worst the next day if it’s too late) to see that is too much to ask, and it should be prioritised over a major British sportsman making a comeback at the grand slam in their own country, where they’ve had their greatest success. Just consider that for a moment, does all that sound competently unreasonable?
“Infatuation with Murray” - so it’s a problem the British public like to watch him play? Well the BBC must completely ignore that and move his comeback to the red button so the TOTP repeat can go out as scheduled. Doesn’t that start to sound a bit ridiculous? It was unfortunate that BBC Two were showing a very exciting Nadal match that looked as if it might be about to go to a fifth set and continue on for some time. Putting something as high profile as Murray’s comeback at Wimbledon onto BBC Four (not quite significant enough to move to BBC One) was a sensible move.
It’s BBC Four, not the ‘Top of the Pops’ channel. Once it a while things might get displaced. Of course it’s unfortunate that the pre-recorded continuity meant the later showing couldn’t be announced, but my series link has already picked it up, and those who want to watch on iPlayer will have it available. Those on Twitter having a ‘meltdown’ will presumably pick up on that news as well.
Last edited by UKnews on 4 July 2019 10:46pm