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‘A shadow of its former self’ Mark Labbett takes swipe at BBC’s Olympics coverage

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Mark Labbett, 55, has been seemingly left disappointed with the coverage from the BBC during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as he hit out at the “excessive punditry” from the public broadcaster. The Chase star advised the corporation to focus on sharing the “actual sport” with viewers as opposed to the commentary.

So much actual sport

Mark Labbett

He typed in view of his 146,400 followers: “Eurosport has ten channels covering the Olympics.

“BBC has two. BBC Sport is a shadow of its former self.” (sic)

Mark added: “Just my personal opinion but there feels like there is an excessive amount of punditry on BBC Olympics especially when so much actual sport available to broadcast.

“I watched a lot of Rio 2016 in Melbourne and Channel Seven were superb. 

While a third typed: “The BBC has trimmed down like your good-self. The BBC is not the better for it, while you look like an Adonis.”

On his Twitter feed, BBC host Dan Walker, 44, explained how the broadcaster is only allowed to host two sports at the same time.

He typed: “Thanks for watching this morning.

“I know we’ve got used to being able to see every sport – on various streams – at the #Olympics.

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“But, this time, the BBC is only allowed to show 2 sports at the same time.

“It is an issue about TV rights & not an editorial choice,” he added.

The 44-year-old kicked off his role in the fronting of the latest events at 4am.

He was joined for the live broadcast by Sam Quek, 32, former field hockey player.

However, many watching at home were unhappy to see a supposed lack of coverage of certain sports and interviews mid-competition, some turning off because of it.

One fan commented: “That’s fine Dan, but you’ve cut away from the live cycling for a chat with Mark Cavendish and some gymnastics highlights.”

Dan wasted no time in getting back: “We never left the pictures of the race while we spoke to Mark Cavendish.

“And Max Whitlock is the reigning Olympic champion and we showed 1 minute & 40 seconds of him – which loads of viewers were desperate to see.”

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