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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 July, 2004, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK
Ask BBC TV's Wimbledon producer
BBC TV's Wimbledon editor Paul Davies
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BBC TV's Wimbledon producer Paul Davies was on hand to answer your questions.

Wimbledon is one of the largest sporting events of the year, and dominates BBC One and Two for the fortnight of the Championships.

We are always looking to improve our coverage, so if you have any suggestions or comments get in touch.

Paul answered your questions on Thursday 10 July, 2003.


Melanie Patterson, Kent

Why do the BBC insist on unscheduled changes of channels from BBC One to BBC Two - during play, especially when Tim Henman is playing - throughout Wimbledon I set my video for a certain game only to find that it was shown on the other channel!

PD: Tim Henman is a real exception where our coverage is concerned, and he produces unique audiences. That means that the schedulers want to keep his live games on the main channels.

Whatever your opinion on the man, his games are major sporting occasions and we have to reflect that.


Joe, Manchester

What was the thinking behind employing the Slater twins - aka Rusedski sisters to interview players - I thought they were awful and don't pay my licence fee for people like this!

PD: Employing Lucy and Oonah to do behind the scenes colour pieces at Wimbledon was extremely successful, and I was happy with their contributions.

They managed to get some unique interviews with players such as Tim Henman in a relaxed and open environment, which we otherwise might not have been able to do.


Tom Wright, London

Overall great coverage BBC, but once again you went completely over the top when it came to Tim Henman, ignoring everything that was happening around. You even cut from the Agassi- Philippoussis game - unforgivable!

PD: Clearly for the BBC Henman is a major focus during the two weeks - but I am well aware that we need to be careful in this respect.

There is always an excellent field at Wimbledon, and for much of the afternoon we are lucky that we can cover the action on two channels. But when we have the choice of one, our focus will be Henman.


Richard Craig, Newcastle

I thought the standard and quality of your commentary team was generally superb - particularly Boris and the Mac, but there was still too much talking during games - couldn't you stop this?

PD: Over-talking during commentaries is a particular bug-bear of mine and we certainly need to impress on the commentators the need to speak a little less during their games.


Mike Brotherton, Lincolnshire

Thankyou BBC for teaching my five-year-old to swear - I didn't realise the watershed was mid-afternoon - why couldn't you cut the sound when Rusedski launched his foul-mouthed tirade? Next time my kid calls me something unrepeatable I'll know who to blame!

PD: When we cover live sporting events we can never be sure what will happen - that is one of the great things about sport.

Not broadcasting Greg Rusedski's outburst would have meant not capturing the extreme circumstances he found himself in and how he chose to react.

We do not condone what he said and apologised at the time. Greg himself offered an apology - and we both are sorry for any offence that may have been caused.


Mike Hayworth, Monmouthshire

Hawkeye - what a great innovation - well done BBC - is it going to continue and can you see umpires using it in the future?

PD: Hawkeye is still in its infancy, but at Wimbledon and Queen's it proved a great success, and will certainly be used at other tournaments around the world.

As for the future, if it can be proven to be virtually 100% reliable then it would seem hard for the authorities to ignore its use as an umpire aid.


Julie, Birmingham

Coverage excellent - highlights programme - far too much chat and not enough tennis - on average only 34 mins! Can you change it for next year?!

PD: We do look carefully at how much tennis is in the highlights programme - and the aim is to have around 40 minutes of action in the show.

Equally, at the end of the day's play it is also useful to have in-depth expert analysis from a number of World Class players - the key is to strike a balance.


Andrew Nolder, London

Myself and many friends felt there was a bias in your coverage against Williams sisters - some of your team sounded almost unhappy that they had both got through to the final - a response?

PD: The Williams sisters are undoubted tennis champions, and their ability and dominance over women's tennis is unquestioned.

But as you would have seen from Serena's reactions when she won the title there seemed to be a lack of passion.

If there was an unhappy reaction to both sisters reaching the final it was because the viewers and spectators had no favourite to win.

To this end many people believe that it would be better for the game if it was either Williams sister against another world class player in the final.

That said, we all have a great deal of respect and admiration for them - as they are at the moment the best women's players in the world.




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