LC wrote:Yeah they keep saying this is a BIG tournament, bo7, rubbish crowds, shocking schedule, I'm not convinced
Well said. It's sad to see one of the best (if not the best) venues the game has ever seen treated like this. ITV's production values have been extremely awful too. After a couple of good tournaments under their belt, they've gone several steps backwards with this ghost tournament. Hendry looks almost embarrassed at this spectacle. Also, send John McDonald back to darts and change the presenter (nice milfy bird but she clearly doesn't have it) ferchrissake! And someone should cure Foulds' talking diarrhea.
Knowing Hendry, he probably is embarrassed by it. He openly acknowledges he only watched snooker if he is paid to.
I do like the ITV coverage though, for the most part. Hendry comes across as a better commentator/pundit on ITV, for some reason. I think it's because he's allowed to phone it in a bit on the BBC, he sometimes does. ITV aim there coverage at people who watch a lot of snooker and BBC just as casuals, so he has to talk more sense on ITV.
Foulds is alright, got nothing against him. You can tell he's a fan of watching the sport, unlike the bellends at the BBC. Clive is Clive, and Angles is inoffensive enough. Jill Douglas clearly isn't the most knowledgeable pundit. but that's not as big an issue for the host. It would be annoying if she was being presented as one of the experts.
The weak link commentary wise is Phil Yates, who is a bit of a idiot. And, as said, Old McDonald as the MC isn't anywhere near as good as Rob Walker.
But overall I don't mind their coverage. Just a shame about the structure of some of their tournaments.