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WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP 2013: Barry Hearn complains to BBC over Ronnie O"Sullivan coverage

We deserve better than this, BBC! Hearn complains after coverage of O'Sullivan ends… for Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

15:04 GMT, 21 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 21 April 2013

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn has complained to the BBC, after they left the climax of Ronnie O'Sullivan's first round match at the World Championship to show a 1970s comedy.

O'Sullivan, making his return to snooker after pulling out of virtually the whole season, was about to complete a 10-4 win over Marcus Campbell on Saturday night when BBC2 switched to the Michael Crawford sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

On the black: Ronnie O'Sulivan impressed during his snooker return at the Crucible

On the black: Ronnie O'Sulivan impressed during his snooker return at the Crucible

There were various complaints made by fans on social networking sites, and Hearn responded on Sunday by writing on Twitter: 'Sorry to all snooker fans for the poor BBC coverage last night. Letter of complaint sent to BBC today.'

The complaint from Hearn is surprising when you consider how much praise he has heaped on the BBC in recent times for their coverage of the sport.

The corporation, which has covered snooker for decades, has recently signed up as host broadcaster of the World Championship, UK Championship and Masters tournaments until 2017.

Having his say: Barry Hearn with Ronnie O'Sullivan at a special media event ahead of the World Championship

Having his say: Barry Hearn with Ronnie O'Sullivan at a special media event ahead of the World Championship

Jason Ferguson, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, welcomed the public response to the BBC's scheduling decision, saying on Twitter: 'Snooker Fans, World Snooker letter of complaint has been filed with the BBC over yesterdays coverage, thanks everyone for your comments.'

The BBC hasn't yet responded to Hearn's comments. They are almost certain to point towards their coverage on the 'red button' service, which showed the end of O'Sullivan's match.

Some fans of the sport might speculate on the timing of Hearn's complaints. The BBC have regularly left their coverage of more significant matches, at later stages of the tournament, in years gone by.

The overall picture on the opening weekend of the tournament is a positive one, with plenty of column inches accompanying O'Sullivan's win, as snooker fights its corner among other sporting attractions like key football matches, the London Marathon and Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Some mothers do 'ave 'em

Classic comedy: Millions of viewers watched Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em on the BBC when it was first screened between 1973 and 1978

Watch a classic clip from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em…

Michael Owen wanted by Strictly Come Dancing and I"m a Celebrity

Race to sign Owen hots up – but it's Strictly and I'm a Celebrity doing battle!

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

12:27 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 3 April 2013

Michael Owen may have failed his screen test to head BT Sport’s new analysis team — but the BBC and ITV are still in a fight to sign him up.

It has been reported that the Stoke striker, who has recently announced he will retire at the end of the season, is at the centre of TV battle between the makers of Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity.

Both networks are apparently trying to sign for the autumn series of both shows.

Dancefloor or jungle How Owen might look on Strictly (left) and I'm a Celebrity

Dancefloor or jungle How Owen might look on Strictly (left) and I'm a Celebrity

In demand: The clamour to sign up Owen is in full swing

In demand: The clamour to sign up Owen is in full swing

Retiring: The former England striker, now at Stoke, will call it a day next month

Retiring: The former England striker, now at Stoke, will call it a day next month

Owen is to become a BBC television and radio pundit in his retirement, having made occasional appearances on Match of the Day already this season.

BT Sport, who need a marquee signing from the dressing room to head the analysts team for their Premier League coverage next season, could have been expected to jump at the chance to sign such an illustrious footballer as Owen, whose services have been strongly touted to them.

But the word inside BT headquarters in the Olympic Park is that Owen’s ‘monotone’ displays on the BBC have been considered ‘poor’, although it will help Owen’s Beeb future that their lead presenter Gary Lineker has been supportive.

The first confirmed pundit appointment
for Owen is at Royal Ascot. Racehorse owner and breeder Owen is on a
panel of experts who will be giving tips to the 570-a-head patrons of
the prime Bessborough Restaurant on the Thursday of the Royal meeting in
June.

Owen is also planning to launch a player agency business when he retires from professional football at the end of this season.

Frozen out: Owen has had limited first-team opportunities at Stoke

Frozen out: Owen has had limited first-team opportunities at Stoke

Stoke City centre forward Owen, who has previously starred for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United, will hang up his boots at the end of his season, bringing the curtain down on a difficult few years in which he has sustained several serious injuries that have chronically limited his game-time.

In a blog on his website former England man Owen explained: ‘On July 1, I propose to set up Michael Owen Management Ltd. focusing on guiding young players through their careers and offering them advice at every juncture of what can be a career full of pitfalls.’

John Murray wanted by BT Sport

BT want Murray to follow Humphrey as new boys plan second raid on BBC for Premier League coverage

By
Charles Sale

PUBLISHED:

14:19 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 29 January 2013

BT Sport are understood to be looking to the BBC for their main commentator after persuading Jake Humphrey to front their Barclays Premier League coverage.

Humphrey was the BBC's Formula One host last season but has signed a four-year deal with the new venture.

Radio 5 Live’s excellent John
Murray, who has the lead microphone role for the main radio football
match on the flagship Saturday programme, could be set to join Humphrey.

New recruit: Jake Humphrey has already signed his deal with BT

New recruit: Jake Humphrey has already signed his deal with BT

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Murray is high on the wishlist of BT,
who last summer won the rights to show 38 live games a season for three
years, including 18 first-choice matches.

They are paying 738million over three seasons while Sky are paying 2.28billion for their rights.

One man set to stay at the BBC is Gary Lineker. The Match of the Day presenter is expected to sign a new contract.

Microphone man: BBC Radio Five Live's John Murray is also wanted by BT Sport

Microphone man: BBC Radio Five Live's John Murray is also wanted by BT Sport

But it was announced last week that Colin Murray is to be dropped as the Match of the Day 2 frontman next season.

Murray, who has anchored the Sunday
highlights show for two years since Adrian Chiles moved to ITV, is to be
replaced by rising BBC star Mark Chapman.

Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic Australian Open final LIVE

LIVE: Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic – follow all the action from the Australian Open final

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

00:01 GMT, 27 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 27 January 2013

Andy Murray is bidding to win his second consecutive Grand Slam title when he takes on Novak Djokovic in Melbourne on Sunday.

The two have enjoyed some epic battles, not least in the US Open final last September and the Serbian world No 1 is aiming for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles.

Follow all the action with Sportsmail's unrivalled coverage and send your emails to [email protected]

8.15am: So, what can we expect today Some huge hitting no doubt and hopefully a five-hour, five-set epic. Djokovic has the upper hand over Murray, winning 10 of their 17 meetings as well as both matches at the Australian Open. But the Scot's win at the US Open was a defining moment for him, and for British tennis, and with that monkey off his back, who knows how far he can go

And interestingly, Murray has won four of the seven finals the pair have contested…

8.05am: Seems like just yesterday that I was here looking forward to the US Open final between the same two protagonists. Difficult to see anything other than another classic clash between the two best players in the world right now.

And as John Lloyd said this morning, if Andy Murray wins, he can rightfully call himself the best on the planet.

8am: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the Australian Open final in Melbourne.

Andy Murray

Brighton v Newcastle – FA Cup live

FA CUP LIVE: Brighton v Newcastle – the action from the Amex Stadium as it happens

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 5 January 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium to start the weekend's third round action. The Premier League side are favourites going into their clash at the Championship outfit but they will be wary of their exit at Gus Poyet's team in the fourth round of the competition a year ago.

*Follow live coverage from 12pm*

Weekend opener: Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium

Weekend opener: Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium

Superstars TV review – Mark Webster

Return of Superstars delivered what we wanted: sporting heroes outside their comfort zones

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 31 December 2012

Ah, telly's golden years. When gangs of formation dancers you didn't know in DIY costumes waltzed their way around Come Dancing, before it went Strictly.

This was a good thing, of course. Because it meant there was absolutely no good reason to watch it. Then came the celebrity version, though, and a sudden, compelling desire to see Ramp's rumba, Audley's jive and, of course, the victorious Louis Smith's cha cha cha.

There was once a show, however, that Louis might have won without the need to slip into a skintight satin onesie. While still giving us the joy of what we really want – seeing our sporting heroes outside of their comfort zones.

Up a creek: Farah has many talents - kayaking is not one of them

Up a creek: Farah has many talents – kayaking is not one of them

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Superstars was the light entertainment show for real men that once delivered that.

Inspirational theme tune, cool logo, a genuine desire to win and short shorts – REALLY short shorts. On Saturday, the 2012 version turned up on prime time BBC1.

Thus providing us with the opportunity to not only get all nostalgic about the fun old format, but also enjoy the sight of a group of our brand new Olympians back where they belong, in the spotlight.

Not that the opening shots of Gabby Logan wandering around a market in Bath exactly set the pulse racing for what was about to come. It struck me the show opener would have been the ideal opportunity to really remind people of what Superstars was all about.

We did eventually get to see Kevin Keegan famously come a cropper on his bike and former judoka Brian Jacks owning the gym. Yet these clips were fleeting. Surely a few more trips down memory lane would have sat well

And surely a chance was missed to have some old competitors on hand to set up the show, wax nostalgic and mix with the next generation

That aside, once the events did get under way and you saw Anthony Joshua genuinely delighted he'd triumphed in the opening event, the sprint, you knew that old spirit was back.

Because the thing is of course, we normally only get to see these people in their natural environments, in competition. That is the duck gliding gracefully across the water.

As I alluded to earlier, Superstars is the flippers flapping frantically below the surface. Just like the endless days of hard training each of these competitors endure in their professional lives are. All blood, sweat and tears, but also good friendly, competitive fun. And that is what we grew to love on Superstars.

Keen competitors: The stars were put their paces in a number of disciplines

Keen competitors: The stars were put their paces in a number of disciplines

Keen competitors: The stars were put their paces in a number of disciplines

Thankfully, that sense of camaraderie and competition was brought to life by Iwan Thomas, who as an experienced TV presenter and former athlete, knew just the right buttons to push as he interviewed the eight women and eight men going for the titles, throughout the show.

While a sense of gravitas was added on commentary by the always measured, authoritative tones of Paul Dickenson. If this man were a station announcer, he could make the delayed 11.20 from Hounslow sound like a Murder On The Orient Express.

Of course what this was really all about though was a great bunch of people warming the cockles of our hearts, which they all managed in abundance.

For me, there were plenty of highlights throughout the two days, and ninety TV minutes of competition. Watching the Brownlee brothers having their own little sibling battle was great fun.

Alistair couldn't have looked more delighted when brother Jonny flipped his kayak in the pool, and both impressed in a nip and tuck one, two in the 800 metres.

But, holy mackerel, they can’t throw!

Rebecca Adlington was on hand to coach them all in the swimming event, during which Jade Jones left the blocks just as her mentor might. However, a split second later, she entered the water like Tom Daley from the 10 metre board!

I bet she couldn’t do that twice.

Elsewhere, Christine Ohuruogu nearly had someone's eye out during the archery while Mo Farah managed a magnificent 'spider' – archer speak for a dead bullseye.

On you r bike: Classic action involving Kevin Keegan

On your bike: Classic action involving Kevin Keegan (above) with Jackie Stewart, Barry John, and Tony Jacklin (below)

On your bike: Classic action involving Kevin Keegan (above) with Jackie Stewart, Barry John, and Tony Jacklin (below)

However, what proved just as unequivocal a little later…Mo don’t row!

proved a more than worthy platform.

Sprint finish: Credit to those involved - they served up a rare treat

Sprint finish: Credit to those involved – they served up a rare treat

Emma Spencer on Channel 4 horse racing

Racing is waiting to judge me, I can't wake up with a hangover, says C4's Spencer

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 29 December 2012

Emma Spencer will be staying responsibly sober on New Year’s Eve. For the next day, she is part of the newly assembled team that will be placed under the microscope as never before when Channel 4 assumes exclusive coverage of horse-racing on British television.

‘It won’t be good to wake up with a hang-over after going to bed at 5am,’ said Spencer.

‘We know the racing world will be watching to see how we do, so I will definitely be spending New Year’s Eve differently from the way I usually would.’

Lady in red: Emma Spencer will help front Channel 4's racing coverage

Lady in red: Emma Spencer will help front Channel 4's racing coverage

To some, it is still a shock that the BBC has abdicated its decades-long association with the sport of kings. Last week, Sir Peter O’Sullevan, for more than 40 years the most recognisable voice of BBC Sport as he called the major races from the Derby to the Grand National, suggested with undeniable irritation: ‘I can’t believe this will go down terribly well with the monarchy.’

Yet the reality is that the BBC had reduced its live coverage of racing to a mere 13 days this year. In 2013, Channel 4 will televise 88 days’ racing; but the new production company awarded the contract have purged many of the faces familiar to the channel’s existing audience.

From the Old Guard, out go: John McCririck and Derek Thompson, who publicly expressed their grievances at being axed, along with presenters Alastair Down and Mike Cattermole. In addition, John Francome opted to walk away, while Lesley Graham had already chosen a career change by accepting the job of chief executive of Racing Welfare.

In comes Clare Balding, a national treasure after her performances at the Olympic Games in the summer. She will be joined by former BBC colleagues Mick Fitzgerald and Rishi Persad, but there is no place for Willie Carson. Instead, Fitzgerald will provide the perspective of an ex-jockey, with Graham Cunningham recruited from Racing UK to be the team’s analyst.

‘Change always divides opinion,’ said Spencer, 34. ‘I grew up listening to Sir Peter and I have the highest respect for him as a broadcaster. I can see why traditionalists might be upset at first.’

Plush: Spencer shares a house with her brother

Plush: Spencer shares a house with her brother

However, from her knowledge of production meetings, Spencer is confident Channel 4 can win over the sceptics. She said: ‘There is going to be a smart purpose-built studio, with touch-screens and new graphics. I’m sure there are an abundance of fresh ideas that will be done to the best of everyone’s ability.’

As a broadcaster, Channel 4 have some form at breaking the mould; after all, they won unreserved plaudits, against all expectation, for their Test match cricket coverage. ‘I also think it will be good for the public to know that from now on all racing in this country can be found on the same channel,’ said Spencer, who survives from the former Channel 4 team along with commentator Simon Holt, Alice Plunkett, Jim McGrath and Tanya Stevenson.

Like Balding, Spencer is the daughter of a racehorse trainer; or in her case, two as both parents, Jack and Lynda Ramsden, held training licences at one time or another.

Even so, to her disappointment, Spencer’s credentials are often overlooked by gossip diarists who refer to her as the ‘glamour puss’ of Channel 4’s racing output.

‘I do take umbrage at that,’ she admitted. ‘There’s part of me that thinks: “Hold on, I’m a serious career woman”. Anyone who has worked with me knows how much homework I do. In spite of people thinking you’re a girl, and therefore don’t know much about racing, I probably have quite a good background to understand the sport.’

Twice, she has been champion amateur lady jockey. ‘I’d love to have Clare’s brain,’ she said with a chuckle. ‘She’s amazing. She does radio, TV, and can broadcast on sport, politics and culture. She’s had an unbelievable year, and while she has a racing background she is also recognised outside of racing. Clare is an asset to us.

‘But I’ve a similar background. I grew up in the racing world and have known her family for a long time. Her brother, Andrew, now training at the yard where his father, Toby, trained, was an assistant to my parents when they trained in Yorkshire.

‘I was riding from a young age and my father had strong opinions on how horses are ridden. When you’re brought up listening to that, it’s a massive help. I’ve ridden in a few hundred races and I’d like to think that makes me more than just a girl who knows a bit about racing.’

She was married to Jamie Spencer, whose rise to champion jockey saw them labelled the Posh and Becks of racing. They lived in a 1.75million home in Newmarket, and had three children.

But Jamie’s affair with Hayley Turner, the leading woman jockey, precipitated a breakdown in their marriage and led to Emma filing for divorce three years ago. For a time, she refused to interview Turner in her role as a reporter for Channel 4. That is no longer the case. ‘It’s history, isn’t it Life goes on,’ said Emma.

Line up: Channel 4 have taken over all racing coverage from the BBC

Line up: Channel 4 have taken over all racing coverage from the BBC

She and her ex-husband — whose romance with Turner fizzled out — have an amicable relationship and he saw their children over Christmas. ‘While it was difficult at the time of our break-up, we get on well,’ said Emma. ‘Over the past three years, dealing with divorce, the children starting school and having a career, you do have difficult days. Just as you overcome one problem with one of the children, the next one develops attitude! Luckily, I can see light at the end of the tunnel; and thanks to the help I have it’s very manageable.

‘Jamie lives a couple of miles away. His season is so demanding, but he sees the kids whenever he can. Even now, at the races, people think we’re still married, which was awkward for both of us at first when I had to interview him after a race. But Jamie has always been very professional.’

Since moving out of the marital home, Spencer and her children have moved into an even more sumptuous Newmarket property with seven bedrooms, an indoor pool and a cinema — all built around a courtyard featuring a fountain and sunken garden. It reportedly cost 2.95m but had been on the market some time earlier for 7m. The house was bought by her brother, Anthony Ramsden.

‘Anthony was living in London when I found the house, and when he came and saw it, he fell in love with it, too,’ she explained. ‘Now he has one side of the house and we have the other; we are like passing ships in the night.’

Spencer juggles being a single parent with a career in television. She has also found the time to freshen her wardrobe for the advent of Channel 4’s takeover of racing. ‘You don’t want to know how many pairs of shoes I have,’ she said. ‘I am a shopaholic! I have a lot of clothes, too, let’s leave it at that.’

More pertinently, Emma Spencer has been investing heavily in doing her homework, as she knows that on New Year’s Day the racing community will be placing Channel 4’s coverage under greater scrutiny than ever.

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as Formula 1 host

Suzi Perry to replace Jake Humphrey as BBC's Formula 1 host for 2013 season

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 21 December 2012

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Race time! Perry will host the Beeb's F1 coverage

Former MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry will front the BBC’s Formula One coverage next season.

Perry replaces Jake Humphrey who leaves after four years to present BT Vision's inaugural foray into football.

Speaking of her new role, Perry, 42,
said: 'Motorsport is my life and I have really missed being away from
the grid. I am so excited to be joining the BBC.

'Working alongside such an eminent team and the F1 world is a huge honour and I can't wait to get started.'

Perry’s live debut will come at the
third round of the season in China after the TV schedule for 2013 was
also released on Friday.

Races live on BBC in 2013

China – April 14
Spain – May 12
Canada June 9
Silverstone – June 30
TBA* – July 21
Belgium – August 25
Italy – September 8
Japan – October 13
India – October 27
Brazil – November 24

The BBC will screen ten races live
including the British Grand Prix and season-ending race in Brazil but
will only screen highlights of the blue-riband Monaco Grand Prix.

Sky Sports F1 will screen all 20 races exclusively live in 2013 and have named an un-changed presenting line-up.

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

Pastures new: Humphrey will host BT Vision's football coverage

Olympiacos v Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City live

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Olympiacos v Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City – as it happens

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UPDATED:

04:00 GMT, 4 December 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Champions League as Arsenal and Manchester City wrap up their respective group stage campaigns. The Gunners are already through to the last 16 but must win to have any chance of topping the group.

The already eliminated Manchester City also need three points at Borussia Dortmund to avoid finishing bottom and book a place in the last 32 of the Europa League. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

*Follow live coverage from 7.15pm*

Euro stars: Despite poor league form, Arsenal have impressed in the Champions League this term

Euro stars: Despite poor league form, Arsenal have impressed in the Champions League this term

Premier League live on airplanes and boats in new TV deal

Live in the sky (and at sea): Premier League strike TV deal to screen matches on aeroplanes and boats

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UPDATED:

11:14 GMT, 3 December 2012

There will be no escaping live coverage of Premier League football next season wherever you are in the world even in the air or at sea.

The Premier League, not content with agreeing deals for rights in 212 territories around the globe, have signed a contract with IMG Media to supply extensive coverage on Sport 24, the 24-hour sports channel exclusively for the airline and cruise industry.

Live in the sky: Fans will be able to watch Premier League when travelling in the air with Lufthansa and Gulf Air

Live in the sky: Fans will be able to watch Premier League (below) in the air with Lufthansa and Gulf Air

Robin van Persie celebrates scoring for Manchester United at Reading

The three-year agreement will see both live and match highlights shown on specially-equiped Lufthansa and Gulf Air planes as well as Norwegian cruise liners.

IMG are also in discussions with a number of other airlines and ship companies to expand the live coverage opportunities now that the technology is avaliable for boats and aeroplanes.

All at sea: Some ships will also be able to show Premier League football as part of the new deal

All at sea: Some ships will also be able to show Premier League football as part of the new deal

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, whose global rights tender is set to bring in 5billion, said: 'We know IMG well and are extremely pleased that they have chosen to invest in the Premier league’s exclusive aeroplanes and ships broadcasting rights.

'We look forward to working with them as they distribute the Barclays Premier League in a way that allows our fans to enjoy the competition while travelling overseas.'

Deal maker: Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore

Deal maker: Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore