The BBC has publicly bowed its head and apologized for “over-talking” by its commentary team during Wimbledon in the wake of a volley of complaints by peeved viewers.
In a statement on its complaints website, the corporation said: "Views on our commentary are of course subjective and we do appreciate that over-talking can irritate our audience.
“We hope that across our coverage we have achieved the right balance and have accurately reflected the event, but we are of course sorry if on occasion you have not been satisfied.”
The Daily Mail reports that more than 100 objections were received during the two-week tournament, “with viewers annoyed at the excessive chatter”. Viewers also logged on to the Points of View website to complain.
The BBC said the aim of its commentary team was “to inform our audience and give context to the matches we showed”.
“We felt that the diversity of the team itself added balance and insight where necessary,” its statement read.
This year’s line-up of commentators included ex-players such as Tim Henman, John McEnroe, Pat Cash, Boris Becker, Lindsay Davenport, Tracey Austin, Virginia Wade and Greg Rusedski.
Also among the pundits was former tennis star turned broadcaster, Andrew Castle, the target of a thread of complaints. As reported by the Daily Mail, one viewer said Castle turned the tennis into a "light entertainment show" with constant references to celebrities in the crowd.
Scotland’s STV also focused on Castle’s commentary and a separate thread of complaints related to his “constant negative comments” about Scottish tennis player Andy Murray’s performance.