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Letters: BBC in a quandary.

Byline: Alan Ainsworth

Alan Ainsworth with the final word in the BBC's snooker coverage

MAY I offer a simple explanation for the BBC's policy on snooker coverage (they don't seem keen on offering one themselves - probably too busy watching the golf on Sky)?

If the BBC covers matches live they will face a string of

no-win situations whenever a match is interestingly poised at the scheduled conclusion of a transmission. They will have to make a choice.

1. Continue coverage, delaying or cancelling scheduled programmes - leading to sad, braindead, frustrated, urban housewives, who fantasise about sessions in the back of a Ford Escort with Phil Mitchell, jamming the switchboard to complain.

2. Leave the snooker and go to the scheduled programmes - leading to sad, braindead, frustrated, urban housewives, who fantasise about doing tricks on the table with Tony Knowles, jamming the switchboard to complain.

The reason the last daily transmission is so close to midnight is the same: they can be confident the matches will be over, thus minimising difficult editorial decisions.

It's an understandable cop-out. The BBC does not want to deal with streams of complaints. They'd rather leave that to the Racing Post - and a very good job you're making of it.

ALAN AINSWORTH

London W9

Sports Editor's note: not any more, we aren't. Correspondence on the subject is now closed.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 15, 2003
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