Viewers rap BBC for 'too much sport'It follows nearly 12 hours solid of sport on BBC1

28 February 2008

TV viewers have hit out at the BBC for showing too much sport.

They have complained to the corporation after it broadcast nearly 12 hours of continuous sport on Saturday on BBC1.

The BBC has apologised to the more than 100 viewers who complained, saying it was 'sorry that some viewers felt the BBC1 schedule ... contained too much sport.'

Sports heavy

Saturday's sports-heavy schedule began just after Noon with Football Focus and finished with the end of Match of the Day at 11.40pm.

In between, it featured three Six Nations rugby union matches, as well as the news bulletins, clips show Out-Take TV presented by Anne Robinson on The Weakest Link and a ten-minute National Lottery show.

One viewer wrote on the BBC message board: 'I am furious. Sport in the morning, Sport in the afternoon and now. Sport in the evening on Saturday night!!!!!'

Rugby

Other viewers disagreed, saying: 'We're loving the rugby! Much better than that One and Only rubbish and the very dreary Casualty.'

The BBC said: 'We are sorry that some viewers felt the BBC1 schedule on 23 February contained too much sport.

'Competition for sports rights has intensified enormously in recent years and since the Six Nations tournament came back to the BBC, there has been a picture of growth in audiences watching our coverage of the sport.'

Six Nations

The corporation added:'This weekend in particular was very exciting for rugby, with the BBC playing host to three Six Nations matches.

'We realise that not everyone enjoys watching sport but there is undeniably a large section of our audience who do and as a public service broadcaster, we are obligated to cater for them as and when we can.

'The audience ratings alone justified our decision to show the three matches, with a combined total of 15 million tuning in.'

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