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andrewbroad
Jan 20th, 2009, 01:56 PM
Jelena Dokić and Anna Chakvetadze are playing on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session tomorrow (Wednesday), but the BBC is threatening to renege on its promise to televise this session, in order to show recorded men's matches instead! :fiery:

I have posted a complaint to the BBC at the following locations:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/front_page/3701180.stm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complaints_stage1.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/sporteditors/2009/01/australian_open_all_hours.html

The more people who complain, the more likely the BBC will be to repent and show Jelena v Anna after all.

My complaint:

I am writing to express my disappointment in the strongest possible terms about the ongoing decisions to show repeats of Australian Open Men's Singles matches on BBCi at 08:30 GMT on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st January 2009 - instead of live coverage of the Women's Singles matches at these times.

Just before the Australian Open began, the BBC promised live coverage of the Rod Laver Arena evening-sessions at these times, so the decisions to renege on this promise are completely unfair to fans who take their annual leave to watch the BBC's coverage primarily for women's tennis.

On Tuesday, BBCi showed a repeat of the match between Andy Murray and Andrei Pavel at 08:30 GMT, missing the first hour of Stosur v ZakopalovŠ - and at the time this decision was made, it was highly probable that BBCi would have missed the whole match.

On Wednesday, BBCi plans to show repeats of Chardy v –oković and Korolev v Federer at 08:30 GMT, overriding the Women's Singles match between Jelena Dokić and Anna Chakvetadze, which I (and no doubt many others) had had my heart set on watching since the draw was made. The players and the order-of-play committee have kept up their end of the bargain - please now keep up your end.

There's really no excuse for these reprehensible decisions. Fans who want to watch the men's matches from the Australian day-session have the opportunity to watch them live on BBCi during the night, or to watch one of the endless repeats on BBCi (both before 08:30 GMT, and after live coverage of the evening-session).

Please be reasonable tomorrow, and do not let down fans of women's tennis by reneging on the BBC's promise to show live coverage of the Rod Laver Arena evening-session. Dokić and Chakvetadze are two of the most talented and attractive stars of the women's game, and we have been waiting since Wimbledon 2004 to see Dokić on the BBC.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

Europe rocks
Jan 20th, 2009, 08:01 PM
Typical BBC :o If the match doesn't involve Federer, Murray or Nadal, they don't want to know about it

Monica_Rules
Jan 20th, 2009, 09:28 PM
ODG. They were going to not show Stosur so they could show a repeat of Murray, thank god Pavel ret then. Although not good for him obviously

watchdogfish
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:40 PM
They've been repeating highlights of the night session matches on a loop after the live action has finished. So why don't they show the night session live as advertised and then put the Djokovic and Federer matches on afterwards?

Dave.
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:21 AM
They've been repeating highlights of the night session matches on a loop after the live action has finished. So why don't they show the night session live as advertised and then put the Djokovic and Federer matches on afterwards?

I know, it's stupid. The replays are still going on fromm this morning. They could have shown a whole days worth of tennis in that time.

I was annoyed yesterday when the Murray match finished early that they just went to BBC New 24 when they had 2 more hours of time allocated to tennis. They could have shown Serena's match in that time. :o

tennispassion23
Jan 21st, 2009, 08:53 AM
You may not be able to watch the match but you can get point by point commentary on one of the websites- www.tennisearth.com

its cool guys, i went on that website and really enjoyed the commentary of Nadal and Christophe Rochus match.....!