Fans” fury with BBC set to axe Football League Show
Fans across the country have received a blow with the BBC set to axe their popular Football League show.
The programme, which airs after Match of the Day late on a Saturday night, is seen as being too expensive.
When the Football League Show wasn”t shown on Boxing Day, fans responded furiously.
Why”s it not on telly Birmingham played West Ham in the Championship on Boxing Day
And an insider told the Mirror: “This will be the last season the BBC broadcasts the Football League Show.
“It is coming to the end of a three year contract and it will not be renewed.”
Presenter Manish Bhasin said that the programme didn”t air on Boxing Day due to a “budget decision” and also said that he shared the frustration of viewers.
On the future of the Football League Show, Bhasin told his Twitter followers: “Not sure where these rumours have come from but the FLS has NOT been scrapped! It”s on til May and who knows maybe even longer….but.”
Presenter: Manish Bhasin fronts the popular Football League Show
Fan Fiona Martin said on Twitter: “The BBC can”t afford to have the football league show, but they can payAlan Hansen 40k a week!”
And Christopher Clark wrote: “If the BBC didn”t pay millionaire Shearer so much maybe the budget would stretch”
Speculation will now be fuelled that Match of the Day, which is up for tender next year, will also be scrapped.
New show: The Football League Show was launched with this advert in 2010
The BBC have lost a number of high-profile sporting events in recent years, with many Formula One fansstill angry after the corporation announced it would share its live coverage with Sky next season.
The BBC”s sporting budget has been cut by 15 per cent, and live football is at a premium.
Sky still dominate the market with live coverage of the Premier League, while ITV screen the Champions League, the FA Cup and England internationals.
The BBC”s only live football is supplied by Championship games, and the latter stages of the League Cup.