Tennis fans FUME at BBC for decision to abort Andy Murray’s match

Tennis fans FUME at the BBC and their ‘utterly disgraceful’ decision to abort Andy Murray’s match just before the first point… preventing viewers from seeing the British legend on TV with coverage only available on the iPlayer

  • The first few points of Andy Murray’s clash with John Isner weren’t on TV
  • For a while, the BBC iPlayer was the only place fans could watch Murray’s match
  • Furious fans unwrap the BBC for their Wimbledon channel change
  • Murray’s match was eventually moved to BBC2 after Cameron Norrie .’s win
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Tennis fans on social media were outraged at the BBC after the broadcaster interrupted Andy Murray’s confrontation with John Isner at Wimbledon just before the first point – cutting fans off watching the British legend on terrestrial television.

The BBC had evolved into Murray’s game on BBC1, but had to switch from championship coverage to six o’clock news.

With UK number one Cameron Norrie’s match against Jaume Munar on BBC2, the BBC iPlayer was briefly the only place fans could watch Murray play against Isner.

Even legendary anchor Sue Barker was taken by surprise. “I never thought these words would ever come out of my mouth, but Andy Murray is going to start this game on the iPlayer,” she said. “I know, shock horror. Timo [Henman] can not believe it!’

But the BBC got lucky as Norrie quickly took his five-set win over Munar, which allowed the broadcaster to put Murray’s match on BBC2 – although they missed the first few points.

Fans had already taken to social media to complain about the BBC’s coverage of channel switching being an outright turn-off for those tuning in to the famed Grand Slam.

‘BBC shocking coverage continues on iplayer!!!!!’ wrote one disgruntled supporter.

Andy Murray takes on John Isner in the second round of men’s singles at Wimbledon

Another said: ‘Sit down to watch the tennis, and they just said Andy Murray is on BBC iplayer until the other match is over, go take a #### and shame yourself.’

A third denounced the BBC’s constant change of channels when it shows action from the All-England Club.

‘Why is BBC sport making such a pig’s ear of Wimbledon coverage with the constant channel and now platform switching… hopeless. Andy Murray on the iPlayer ffs, they wrote.’

A fourth added: ‘Absolutely ridiculous to start Andy Murray’s match on iplayer and then switch to BBC2 and later to BBC1.’ Another fan simply told the BBC to ‘find it out’.

Tennis fans FUME at BBC for decision to abort Andy Murray's match

Tennis fans FUME at BBC for decision to abort Andy Murray's match

Tennis fans FUME at BBC for decision to abort Andy Murray's match

Tennis fans FUME at BBC for decision to abort Andy Murray's match

Fans were outraged by the BBC's switching of their coverage of Wimbledon

Fans were outraged by the BBC’s switching of their coverage of Wimbledon

It is the second time in three days that the BBC’s coverage has come under fire.

Viewers turned down the broadcast after John McEnroe and Sue Barker paid tribute live-on-air to the imprisoned Boris Becker.

The British and American tennis legends supported their ex-colleague, who is currently serving a prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud.

On Monday’s first day of reporting, seven-time Grand Slam winner McEnroe commented: ‘Boris, we love you. We miss you, man.’

He was joined by Barker, who is anchoring the coverage of the tournament for the final time, who said: ‘We do, well said.’

The words sparked outrage among some viewers who were angry at the apparent support for the convicted criminal, who was part of BBC coverage of Wimbledon last year but was jailed on April 29 this year.

Viewers on the BBC missed the first three points as coverage was only available on the iPlayer

Viewers on the BBC missed the first three points as coverage was only available on the iPlayer

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