John Inverdale fired from Wimbledon

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Wimbledon - BBC fire John Inverdale from Wimbledon, bring in Clare Balding

The veteran television and radio presenter has been a mainstay of the Corporation's coverage for 15 years, having been the face of the evening 'Today at Wimbledon' highlights programme since 2000.

But now the Guardian and Daily Mail both report that Inverdale has lost the prized slot to Clare Balding, and been shunted into a minor role.

The move comes after two serious gaffes over the past few years that have seriously undermined Inverdale's credibility.

In 2013, while discussing Marion Bartoli's superb victory in the Wimbledon women's singles final, Inverdale crassly referred to the Frenchwoman as "not a looker" - a cruel jibe that drew thousands of complaints.

The 57-year-old tried to explain that hayfever medication had impaired his wits, and he retained his role - and indeed he went on to work alongside Bartoli for ITV4.

Earlier this year, however, he performed another appalling gaffe when referring to "rose-c***ed" glasses during the BBC's radio coverage of the Cheltenham Festival.

The bizarre slip of the tongue, in tandem with the Bartoli controversy, appear to have spelt the end for Inverdale as a top presenter on the BBC.

Balding, hugely popular among fans ever since her superb stints during the Olympic Games three years ago, will take over the highlights show, which has been rebranded rather bizarrely as "Wimbledon 2Day".

The BBC explained the decisions in a statement: "John Inverdale will take up a new role on TV commentary duties at this year’s Championship and we are looking forward to having him as part of the team.

"The introduction of Wimbledon 2Day, presented by Clare Balding, will provide a fresh new look for the highlights show and continue to develop the 'Today at the Games' brand which Clare presented at both the Sochi Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014."

https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news...ale-wimbledon-bring-clare-082820493--ten.html


About time! Good move Wimbledon!!
 
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King Fed WW

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Andy Roddick will be a great addition to the team.

For those who would like to hear the infamous rose-cun.ted glasses.

Henin also making her radio debut.


Edit. I actually really like Inverdale. Great Broadcaster.
 
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Inanimate_object

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Seriously question whether those applauding some guy getting sacked have ever worked a day in their life. Probably one of the worst feelings in the world. Sad for Iverdale, but it was expected with the controversies he stirred up. Hope he uses the tv commentary gig to sort himself out.

On the other hand, I'm a big fan of Balding since London. Hopefully this change is for the better!
 

MarcusInKensington

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Seriously question whether those applauding some guy getting sacked have ever worked a day in their life. Probably one of the worst feelings in the world. Sad for Iverdale, but it was expected with the controversies he stirred up. Hope he uses the tv commentary gig to sort himself out.

On the other hand, I'm a big fan of Balding since London. Hopefully this change is for the better!
Strictly speaking, he hasn't actually been sacked. He's still contracted to work for the BBC, but has simply been relieved of his role as chief offender. He's also got a contract with ITV, so don't expect to see him begging in the subway at Hyde Park Corner just yet.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Wimbledon should get rid of that ridiculous Duke of Kent too while they're at it. :)
Lol...what have you got against elderly, bald, royal gentlemen? :)

The Duke has simply been maintaining a family tradition of being patron of the AELTC. His father and mother used to do it before him and his wife used to do it too until she retired some years ago.

He may come across as old fashioned and boring but he was the one who abolished the former practice of players being required to bow to the Royal Box even when no royals were present. Now only an acknowledgement is required when the Queen herself happens to be present which is once in a blue moon.

Will be interesting to see if the family tradition will be maintained when the Duke retires (he's had a few health problems recently) or if they will look in an entirely new direction for future patrons.
 
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Poisoned Slice

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Took them long enough to get rid of him. John Inverdale and Richard Keys should team up for some ''must listen radio.''

''I'd smash it.''
 

MarcusInKensington

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How could I have forgotten about Castle? He'll have to get the Samaritans on speed dial when Federer calls it a day. Kleenex will probably have to issue a profit warning too.
 

Krish872007

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Andrew Castle is the type of bloke who thinks that a "tennis fan" is one who jumps on winning bandwagons. First Fed, then Nadal, now Murray/Djokovic, and just talking for the sake of it.
We even have to put up with his voice in that First 4 Lawyers advert.

Inverdale was not great either, I would definitely take Balding over him. I hear that Andy Roddick is going to give it a go as well, which would be nice to see!
 

Deanjam

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In 2013, while discussing Marion Bartoli's superb victory in the Wimbledon women's singles final, Inverdale crassly referred to the Frenchwoman as "not a looker" - a cruel jibe that drew thousands of complaints.
Funny how non-fussed she was by the whole thing. Glad Inverdale's gone. At least Balding should show an appreciation for the Women's game. Inverdale sounded like he never watched it. Liked Clare during her sting presenting Rugby League for the beeb.
 
Inverdale was poor but so is Claire Balding, time for someone new who actually knows stuff about tennis...

Inverdale regularly made a slip of the tongue, got a name wrong, made a silly mistake or looked uninterested. He does a good job of the a rugby because he is actually into that, you could tell that most the BBC presenters think the tennis season only lasts for two weeks.
 

Mainad

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Does Balding even follow tennis? I know she's into horse-racing and did some presenting for the Olympics, but I don't know about her tennis credentials. What's wrong with Sue Barker? They're probably trying to appeal to a younger demographic. Snort...like that's ever going to happen. Wimbledon is all about being stuffy, snooty and uppity.
Sue commentates for BBC at Wimbledon and interviews the players on court but she doesn't present. I'm not sure why.
 

Defcon

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BBC is really getting annoying with their PC behaviour. While I don't know much about this guy, sacking Jeremy Clarkson was and will forever be unforgiveable, and they'll lose hundreds of millions because of it.
 
Might I add, Inverdale wasn't actually "fired". He is not an employee of the BBC. He is an "independent contractor". His contract simply isn't being renewed a la Jeremy Clarkson. Pedantry aside, it's probably for the best.
 
BBC is really getting annoying with their PC behaviour. While I don't know much about this guy, sacking Jeremy Clarkson was and will forever be unforgiveable, and they'll lose hundreds of millions because of it.
We're veering off course here, but do you really think they "sacked" him because of PCness? Clarkson PUNCHED a guy - at work. You cannot do that and expect to keep your job. Don't believe me? Walk into work tomorrow, I'm assuming you have a job, and punch a colleague. See, if you're allowed to keep your job afterwards.
 

Mainad

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BBC is really getting annoying with their PC behaviour. While I don't know much about this guy, sacking Jeremy Clarkson was and will forever be unforgiveable, and they'll lose hundreds of millions because of it.
Clarkson is an A-Hole of the highest order and unashamedly proud of it. He should have been sent packing years ago!
 

Djokovic2011

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I wish ITV4 would do the same. His obsession with interviewing every player under the sun becomes extremely irritating when all you want is to watch some tennis!
 
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Laurie

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I have listened to Clare Balding for many years on BBC Radio 5 Live during Wimbledon coverage. I am not a fan of hers at all, they are just re-arranging the deck chairs.

Having said that I never watch Wimbledon 2day or whatever it is called now.
 
Don't even get me started on ITV4. Can you believe the powers, or should I say morons, -that-be over there chose to broadcast the Murray-Ferrer match over the Djokovic-Nadal match?

Chauvinistic ********s.
 
Add me to the Anti Balding Bandwagon. Get Gary Lineker in
I like Gary, but again, his tennis credentials are suspect. Then again, Roddick does commentate on NFL, and Courier does on baseball. Although I am mystified that Courier is allowed to commentate on anything. The guy knows **** all.
 

Djokovic2011

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Sue commentates for BBC at Wimbledon and interviews the players on court but she doesn't present. I'm not sure why.
Sue presents the main coverage but she doesn't commentate Mainad. I do recall that it was she who used to present Today at Wimbledon back in the 90s and presumably the BBC got Inverdale in to replace her. They'd better never get rid of Sue - Wimbledon wouldn't be the same without her!:smile:
 
Sue presents the main coverage but she doesn't commentate Mainad. I do recall that it was she who used to present Today at Wimbledon back in the 90s and presumably the BBC got Inverdale in to replace her. They'd better never get rid of Sue - Wimbledon wouldn't be the same without her!:smile:
Her fawning over Andy Murray can be annoying. You'd think she, not Judy, was Andy's mother.
 
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70sHollywood

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Why don't they get someone like Jonathan Overend or Russell Fuller or even a newspaper journalist. Soemone who actually follows the sport anyway. This is not just a tennis thing but a general presenter thing. Like why don't they get Mark Kermode to do the "Film..." show.

If all else fails, give McEnroe the job.
 
He hasn't actually been fired, jsut a misleading tabloid headline.]

Balding who has been pushed down the UK public's throat by the Beeb & BT Sport the last few years to Carol Vorderman in the 1990's level is getting the highlights show & Inverdale will be commentating on matches at Wimbledon instead.
 

Terenigma

G.O.A.T.
Don't even get me started on ITV4. Can you believe the powers, or should I say morons, -that-be over there chose to broadcast the Murray-Ferrer match over the Djokovic-Nadal match?
They showed Djokovic v Nadal on ITV5.

On topic:

I personally dont mind John Inverdale but after his comments about Bartoli then i dont blame them for not using him. Altho we do need some new presenters. Shame we cant get Sue Barker presenting it full time. She's the best BBC sports presenter they have in my opinion
 

Mustard

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The Bartoli thing is old news. Inverdale and Bartoli have worked together on ITV during the last 2 French Opens.
 
They showed Djokovic v Nadal on ITV5.

On topic:

I personally dont mind John Inverdale but after his comments about Bartoli then i dont blame them for not using him. Altho we do need some new presenters. Shame we cant get Sue Barker presenting it full time. She's the best BBC sports presenter they have in my opinion
What the hell is ITV 5? I don't remember seeing it on my Freeview. I was bale to follow the Nole vs Rafa match online but ITV really should clear their ITV, ITV 2 or ITV 3 schedule--I am sure it would do better ratings than cartoons, Jeremy Kyle, Tipping Point, Miss Marple repeats, or whatever other bilge they put on.

It is that sickening jingoistic nonsense that the defending champ against the world number one gets bumped for the British hope against a lesser light.

Barker is excellent other than the ridiculous schoolgirl fawning over Henman, Federer, Murray & Rafa.
 
The Bartoli thing is old news. Inverdale and Bartoli have worked together on ITV during the last 2 French Opens.
Not sure what the big deal was anyway-did he say anything untruthful? Just like Frankie Boyle got hounded off a biting topical comedy panel show for talking about Rebecca Adlington's face. As said they have worked together several times since then & get on fine.

Inverdale along with Mark Pougatch is one of those rare breeds who are actually excellent at sport presenting, rather than somebody thrown in because they are young & attractive-Sonali Shah for instance, or the boring anchors with no personality like Ray Stubbs.
 
They showed Djokovic v Nadal on ITV5.

On topic:

I personally dont mind John Inverdale but after his comments about Bartoli then i dont blame them for not using him. Altho we do need some new presenters. Shame we cant get Sue Barker presenting it full time. She's the best BBC sports presenter they have in my opinion
ITV 5? LOL. You mean live streaming on their website. Watching the prize fight on a 15 inch screen? Yeah that ought to do it. Git outta here!!! Even Andy admitted that his match was second fiddle. See his twitter page.
 
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