Wimbledon: BBC Changes Highlights Show After Viewer Criticism

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Critics also panned 'Wimbledon 2Day,' which saw hosts mingle with a live audience and included funny home video clips.

The BBC said Monday that it was changing the format of its new daily Wimbledon tennis tournament highlights show amid criticism from viewers and bad reviews from TV critics.

Wimbledon 2Day, hosted by Clare Balding, was launched with the goal of being less formal. It includes funny home video clips, and also saw interaction with a live audience.

But viewers criticized it on social media, and TV reviewers found little to like.‎ The live audience interaction and shorter highlights were among the most criticized parts of the show. In a Radio Times poll, 95 percent said they wanted to see a return to the traditional punditry format used in past highlights shows.

Now, with the tournament at its halfway mark, the BBC announced changes.

"We said from the outset that Wimbledon 2Day would evolve throughout the championship‎," ‎a BBC Sports spokeswoman said.‎ "Of course, we listen to audience feedback and that helps to shape the changes we make. We have moved to a new location, on top of the Centre Court building, which gives an excellent backdrop of the heart of Wimbledon, as the championship builds to its climax.”

The Guardian had said in its TV review: "The whole show is a mess."

Viewing figures for Wimbledon 2Day peaked at 1.9 million and have been steady through the first week, coming in at very similar levels to last year's highlights program.

In terms of live games coverage, a peak audience of 7.1 million watched Andy Murray versus Andreas Seppi on BBC One on Saturday night, and a peak of 6 million watched Serena Williams versus Heather Watson on BBC Two on Friday night.

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