Readers' letters - August 10

Too much sport on TV

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 10:35 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:41 pm
Great Britains Daniel Goodfellow and Tom Daley celebrate with their bronze medals  but is there too much sport on the TV?
Great Britains Daniel Goodfellow and Tom Daley celebrate with their bronze medals  but is there too much sport on the TV?

No doubt I shall be castigated as a killjoy, so I will say here and now that I like some sport but I do feel extremely strongly about the amount of sports coverage the BBC is broadcasting this summer, in fact, every summer, in fact, most of the time.

I know it is the Olympics but is it really necessary for BBC to have blanket coverage across all their channels?

Even the breakfast news programmes have been hijacked which, with all that is going on in the world at this time, is quite a dereliction of duty as regards what a news channel is for.

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When the news comes on, it simply repeats what we have just been watching. Sport!

The BBC is like a dog with a bone. Once it gets hold, it never lets go.

Horse racing, darts, Wimbledon, athletics, cricket, rugby, football, motor racing, golf and now Olympics, followed by the Paralympics and more sport besides.

Need I go on?

Why not just call the channels BBC sports one and two?

We all pay our licence fee but for what?

To my mind, the ones who get most enjoyment from all this sport are all the reporters who are having a very nice time at licence payers’ expense.

The red button is there for those who wish to see a particular discipline.

How many in truth are staying up all night to watch all this broadcasting? Most of us live in the real world where we have to get up for work next day.

Surely one channel could be kept for those who would like to watch things other than sport.

The only thing at the moment in the corporation’s favour is that it is not broken up by constant adverts, and yes, I am aware there are those who are unable to get to places or events, so there is some need to broadcast events – but not the way it is now nor on both channels at the same time.

Christine Cross

via email


Ban morning alcohol sales

Re: Jet2’s plans to curb airport drinking.

My experiences show that the problem is some people turn up to the airport after drinking at home or the pub the night before going to the airport.

They then drink in the airport bars, get onto the aircraft under the influence of drink and want to carry on drinking on the plane.

When Jet2 staff try to stop this, drinkers become abusive. Bars in the airport should not sell alcohol before lunch time, Jet2 staff would have more chance of controlling what alcohol they sell throughout the flight.

Jet2 or the police should have the ability to breathalyse suspected drunks before they are allowed on the plane.

We usually have a drink on the plane to relax.

Nothing wrong with this in moderation.

Jim Stockwell

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You’re as old as you feel

What does a certain age look like?

When I tell people my age, they reply “You don’t look it!”

Just how do some people know what a certain age looks like?

I certainly don’t.

What does 50, 60, 70 look like?

Could any Wigan Evening Post reader educate me, with perhaps accompanying photos?

What age does Joan Collins look like?

Kevin Gooder

via email