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Martyn Sadler

BBC Head of Sport

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Same for me the lack of a nightly highlights package.

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Who would win in a fight between a shark and a lion?

You want coverage of Cronulla vs Swinton?

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AM glad most games are not on BBC  I think attendances have been better for it. But would have been a good idea for an highlights show and possibly a 15 minutes slot on news channel may be as rugby world cup daily up date.

 

Agreed. In fact I would rather see a 15-30 min highlights show every day around 10-10:30pm covering the previous day's game(s), even if that means not having a highlights package ready of the game having just taken place that evening.

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I am a bit disappointed that there isn't a highlights programme on every night - a world cup definitely warrants it. Compare it to the world darts where the BBC finds time not only for a highlights programme but also shows extended repeat coverage late night.

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Have the BBC got an option to show more rlwc games? In particular more 1/4 finals and both semis?

 

It would be appropriate now - with the undisputed success of the tournament so far - that the BBC exercise their right to show all the other games which are not exclusive to Premier Sports (beyond just the England ones they are most likely to cover anyway).

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You want coverage of Cronulla vs Swinton?

I hear Swinton 'A' are off to Oz for pre-season, so it could happen.

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Who would win in a fight between a shark and a lion?

 

Maaaascot fight....

 

Personally I think mascot fights should be compulsory halftime entertainment. Then at the Grand Final a massive last mascot standing fight between all 14 teams big headed totems. Think of the possibilities.

 

Ask her if the BBC would televise Mascot Fight.

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Later this morning, at around 11.00am, I'm due to speak to Barbara Slater, the BBC Head of Sport, about the BBC's coverage of Rugby League.

 

If anyone has any pressing issues they would like me to put to her, that I may not have thought of, feel free to set them out here.

 

its now 11.40. How'd it go? 

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its now 11.40. How'd it go? 

 

Give him half a chance to finish off, trascribe notes and work out what's appropriate to divuldge at this stage. :)

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its now 11.40. How'd it go? 

The BBC are doing a wonderful job for Rugby League, and that's official!

 

Telephone interviews with BBC officials are of limited use, I must say, with a minder listening to what her boss has to say and chivvying you along in your allotted time. I can't imagine needing a minder myself.

 

Barbara was very keen to promote the idea that the BBC is doing a great deal for Rugby League fans over the various platforms, which is certainly true, by and large, if you are prepared to search for them.

 

I was more anxious to explore why the BBC was only covering England of the Home Nations with its live coverage, other than last Saturday's Wales game, and whether she thought with hindsight that the contract could have been extended to include more games of Scotland and Wales in particular and more quarter-finals. But she didn't seem keen to talk about that.

 

I also asked her about the move to Salford and its impact on BBC staff generally in relation to their attitude to Rugby League, but they used to love the game even when they were based in London.

 

She was rather too defensive about the BBC's coverage, which was unnecessary when speaking to me. I would much rather sit down with her and speak face to face to have a genuine conversation. I'm sure there is a very good interview waiting to be done with her.

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Give him half a chance to finish off, trascribe notes and work out what's appropriate to divuldge at this stage. :)

He's had 39 minutes! ;) 

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The BBC are doing a wonderful job for Rugby League, and that's official!

 

Telephone interviews with BBC officials are of limited use, I must say, with a minder listening to what her boss has to say and chivvying you along in your allotted time. I can't imagine needing a minder myself.

 

Barbara was very keen to promote the idea that the BBC is doing a great deal for Rugby League fans over the various platforms, which is certainly true, by and large, if you are prepared to search for them.

 

I was more anxious to explore why the BBC was only covering England of the Home Nations with its live coverage, other than last Saturday's Wales game, and whether she thought with hindsight that the contract could have been extended to include more games of Scotland and Wales in particular and more quarter-finals. But she didn't seem keen to talk about that.

 

I also asked her about the move to Salford and its impact on BBC staff generally in relation to their attitude to Rugby League, but they used to love the game even when they were based in London.

 

She was rather too defensive about the BBC's coverage, which was unnecessary when speaking to me. I would much rather sit down with her and speak face to face to have a genuine conversation. I'm sure there is a very good interview waiting to be done with her.

 

 

Wrong answer - though a good one.

 

You should maybe have said,"You'll have to buy League Express and Rugby League World to find out!"   :yes:

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I guess with issues of TV licencing hitting the news and amount of executive pay and wasted monies causing the BBC some bad publicity not least getting a fair bashing in the select committees recently it was her opportunity to do her bit to persuade that the BBC sport was doing a good job, worthwhile use of licence fee and looking for positive PR.

 

It would appear from the resultant outcome she achieved that. The BBC are in a very defensive position at the moment and looking at very avenue of convincing people that every department is worthy of licence fee for public broadcasting and desperate to paint the positive picture.  They executives are feeling very vulnerable and the current time-period is the best time to influence them to improve coverage of "minority sports" and not just the big ratings sports.  

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Maaaascot fight....

Personally I think mascot fights should be compulsory halftime entertainment. Then at the Grand Final a massive last mascot standing fight between all 14 teams big headed totems. Think of the possibilities.

Ask her if the BBC would televise Mascot Fight.

I'd watch that!

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Who would win in a fight between a shark and a lion?

Depends on the venue.

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Who would win in a fight between a shark and a lion?

 

The Tiger Shark

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If the BBC cant treat the game with the respect and coverage needed may be we should look at channels 4 and 5 as possible  replacements.

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They are hardly popular channels, though.

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They are hardly popular channels, though.

Have faith in our product.

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More games on free-to-air generally result in lower paying attendances, in my opinion.

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They are hardly popular channels, though.

 

They get better overall viewing figures than Sky channels, including Sky Sport....  Miles more...

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