Iranu wrote: lhpirnie wrote:
I have noticed that the BBC have started mentioning non-BBC tournaments a lot more in the last year or two. So maybe they are beginning to take criticism on board a bit.
Yes, I think you are right. However, they did have a couple of mock-debates about 'attracting young players' and also an interview with John Parrott and Barry Hearn about the future. In all cases they flatly denied that change was needed, appealing to the 'history of the game'. I'm always baffled by these 'history' arguments, as if history can be 'destroyed' by change...
I didn’t see the Parrott/Hearn interview but are you referring to the Hendry/Ken/Lisowski debate with regard to Judd’s comments?
Because they definitely didn’t deny that change was needed. Ken and Hendry obviously fell largely on the side of traditionalism (though not entirely) but the debate really didn’t land on changing nothing as a conclusion.
Yes, I am. There was another one with Judd Trump at the side of the Crucible auditorium.
Basically, when they got Jack Lisowski in the studio facing Hendry and Doherty, they made him shift his ground, and then summed up with a compromise that basically changes nothing. Hendry and Doherty are now experienced commentators, Jack was unable to hold his own.
In all cases they tended to focus on the dresscode issue, which is peripheral.