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BBC says controversial Wimbledon 2day will not return

Corporation reverts to ‘traditional’ Today at Wimbledon with Clare Balding after dropping revamp featuring live audience

The BBC has confirmed it will not be bringing back its much-derided highlights show Wimbledon 2day, instead reverting to its traditional Today at Wimbledon format.

Last year, the corporation shook up its TV highlights coverage, dropping John Inverdale and introducing Clare Balding, who took over his Radio 5 Live Wimbledon presenting duties in 2014.

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UK TV ratings: Wimbledon coverage peaks at over 6m as Roger Federer beats Andy Murray

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Wimbledon pulled in a strong audience for BBC One on men's semi-finals day this Friday (July 10), overnight ratings show.

BBC One's coverage averaged 4.29m (43.2%) from 1.45pm on Friday afternoon, as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer made the final. However, audiences peaked at 6.87m (48.9%) between 5.45pm and 6pm, when Federer broke Andy Murray's serve at the end of the second set on his way to a thrilling 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over the 2013 Wimbledon champion.

Post-match analysis on BBC Two attracted an audience of 1.01m (6.2%) from 6.30pm, while the recently-revamped highlights show Wimbledon 2Day was seen by 1.06m (5.9%) from 8pm.

Back on BBC One, Chris Evans's last edition of The One Show entertained 3.33m (20.3%) at 7pm, while a repeat of A Question of Sport aired to 2.32m (13.6%) at 8pm.

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Clare Balding's Wimbledon 2Day doubles its audience after revamp

After complaints it didn't match up to John Inverdale's Today at Wimbledon, Clare Balding's Wimbledon 2Day has brought in higher audience figures following an overhaul.

The new-look BBC2 show, with Balding still in the umpire's chair, brought in 2.2 million viewers (a 10.8% share) on Monday night.

That figure was almost 1 million up on the previous Monday's show, which had 1.3 million viewers and a 6.8% share.

Last week's audience average was also 1.3 million across six episodes.

Wimbledon 2Day started as a more informal programme than Today at Wimbledon, with Balding chatting to guests and fans at a wine bar named the Gatsby Club.

It also included home video clips of babies playing tennis, while highlights of the day's action were largely reduced.

The show's unpopular studio audience has now been axed, while the venue has become a studio above Centre Court, and the tennis highlights have been increased.
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Wimbledon 2Day doubles audience after BBC overhauls format

Tennis evening roundup show hosted by Clare Balding ditches many unpopular features after it replaced Today at Wimbledon, fronted by John Inverdale

The BBC’s much maligned Wimbledon highlights programme Wimbledon 2Day nearly doubled its audience when it returned in its revamped format.

The new-look BBC2 show, which retained presenter Clare Balding but ditched many of its other features, expanding the amount of actual tennis highlights it showed, had 2.2 million viewers, a 10.8% share on Monday night.

Related: Wimbledon 2Day: BBC admits defeat over format

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Clare Balding's Wimbledon 2Day scraps studio audience after viewer outcry

The BBC is making big changes to Wimbledon 2Day after largely negative reviews.

Clare Balding's nightly Wimbledon highlights show has not gone down well with viewers or critics since it debuted last week, mainly due to its replacement of the usual Today at Wimbledon series.

The show's unpopular studio audience will be axed tonight (July 6), and will be replaced by a studio above Centre Court.

In previous years, John Inverdale hosted an evening highlights package, but Wimbledon 2Day has featured a more informal programme in which Balding chats to guests and fans at a wine bar named the Gatsby Club.

It has also included home video clips of babies playing tennis, while highlights of the day's action has been largely reduced.

The changes have been met with poor reviews, with 56% of Digital Spy users currently declaring the show dreadful, while 29% said it could do better and just 14% giving their seal of approval.
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Clare Balding's Wimbledon 2Day to scrap studio audience after viewer outcry

The BBC has decided to make big changes to Wimbledon 2Day after largely negative reviews.

Clare Balding's nightly Wimbledon highlights show has not gone down well with viewers or critics since it debuted last week, mainly due to its replacement of the usual Today at Wimbledon series.

The show's unpopular studio audience will be axed tonight (July 6), and will be replaced by a studio above Centre Court.

In previous years, John Inverdale hosted an evening highlights package, but Wimbledon 2Day has featured a more informal programme in which Balding chats to guests and fans at a wine bar named the Gatsby Club.

It has also included home video clips of babies playing tennis, while highlights of the day's action has been largely reduced.

The changes have been met with poor reviews, with 56% of Digital Spy users currently declaring the show dreadful, while 29% said it could do better and just 14% giving their seal of approval.
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Clare Balding's new Wimbledon highlights show: What do you think? - open thread

Clare Balding's new Wimbledon highlights show has been met with largely negative reviews since it debuted on Monday (June 29).

Wimbledon 2Day has been criticised by tennis fans on Twitter, while Radio Times called it "a mess, a giddy mix of inane tweets, snippets of matches (let's not forget actual tennis is being played, something, presumably we all want to see, which is why we've tuned in) and a bit of chat."

Much of the criticism has been levelled at the name of the show, and the fact that it's replaced tennis highlights with The One Show-style chat, home videos from viewers and tweets.

The show replaced the long-running Today at Wimbledon series which presented highlights of the day's action for those who may have missed the live matches while at work.

Its second show on Tuesday (June 30) appeared to be slightly tweaked to show more tennis, but viewers were still not best pleased.
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