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The BBC suggests they will NOT reverse their decision to scrap radio football scores

The BBC insists they will NOT reverse their decision to remove football results from their BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Report program as the Underfire broadcaster releases a list of “good reasons for the change”.

  • The BBC decided to do away with the traditional reading of classified football scores
  • The controversial decision was met with a violent outcry in the sport
  • They have now issued a response saying there is “good reason for the change”.

The BBC has issued a response to fans asking them to restore classified football scores on their flagship radio program Sports Report.

Sportsmail revealed on Sunday night that the channel had summarily ditched the long-standing British institution loved by generations, Saturday 5pm.

After backlash from company legends like Des Lynam, John Motson, Mark Lawrenson and others, the BBC has released a statement suggesting there are good reasons for the change.

The statement read: “We value the strength of sentiment versus classified football scores in sports reporting. It’s always difficult when a program with a particular story changes, but there are good reasons for the change.

“With the addition of the live Premier League game at 5:30pm to our coverage, Sports Report has been condensed into a shorter program – cut from 1 hour to 25 minutes. Reading the classifieds took around 5-7 minutes which would have taken up around a third of the program – limiting the range of sports we could cover.

“We would like to reassure our listeners that results from all football leagues will be announced during the program and throughout the afternoon. The results are also available in full on the BBC Sport website and on BBC One during Final Score. A live match at 5:30 p.m. is a great addition to the 5 Live program.”

The BBC is facing a backlash after scrapping its reading of classified football results

The BBC is facing a backlash after scrapping its reading of classified football results

They have since released a statement suggesting there are good reasons for the change.

They have since released a statement suggesting there are good reasons for the change.

BBC insiders revealed there was no consultation with confused staff who have privately questioned the move. In a statement to the newspaper yesterday, the broadcaster claimed the decision was made because sport coverage was cut after the addition of the 5.30pm Premier League game.

They added that a comprehensive scoring service was provided “on the air, on the BBC Sport website and Final Score on BBC One”. Motson, 77, who spent 50 years at the BBC before retiring in 2018, replied: “I am very disappointed. I’ve been a Sports Report fan for 60 years and will miss the classified results a lot.”

Lawrenson, 65, a former Match of the Day regular, added: “I’ve worked for the BBC for 25 years and I love it. I get it too, or at least I thought I did. Certain things should be sacrosanct and this is one of them.

The BBC said its position has not changed despite pressure to reintroduce the tradition

The BBC said its position has not changed despite pressure to reintroduce the tradition

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Maureen Mackey

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