The Best and Worst of The BBC


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On Thursday, Andy Murray made what we now know to be his last-ever Wimbledon appearance. The coverage was, as ever, on the BBC, who brought out legendary broadcaster Sue Barker to interview him. They showed a brilliant montage and cameras tracked the two-time champion through the clubhouse and onto the bridge where he greeted cheering fans.

It was all perfectly planned and brilliantly executed. In short, it was everything that is good about the BBC.

Later that night, General Election voting ended and the BBC and its rivals cut to all-night election coverage. Normally, the BBC is the place to watch the results come in. This year, it was nothing short of a mess. It was slow, with far too much emphasis on projections and polls instead of actual results. Sky News proved a far better source.

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