BBC forced to apologise for Tokyo 2020 coverage after commentators lose all live pictures and fans slam 'amateur hour'

THE BBC were forced to apologise after their commentators lost coverage of the gymnastics.

Russia's David Belyavskiy mounted the pommel horse, getting off to a strong start with his routine.

But as the gymnast travelled down the horse, commentator and former Team GB gymnast Craig Heap was left startled as his live feed cut.

And co-commentator Matt Baker scrambled to apologise.

As the feed cut, Baker said: "We've lost our pictures, we have lost our pictures.

"Sorry everyone, we're back on, we're back on. And thankfully David Belyavskiy is still on the pommel horse."

In which Heap replied: "Thankful for that, up into the handstand – we don't know what happened in the middle of the routine but I presume it must've been good!"

Baker, trying to laugh off the technical blunder, cracked a joke at how relieved Heap was when the feed came back.

He added: "Look at the relief on Belyavskiy's face, similar to you Craig when the pictures came back on."

As the commentators tried to regain composure to cover the next athlete, the feed cut again.

Look at the relief on Belyavskiy's face, similar to you Craig when the pictures came back on.

And Baker was again forced to apologise for the technical faults.

He said: "It's gone again, it's gone again! Sorry everybody, I do apologise for this.

"We will get our technical team. We're not in control of the pictures that are coming back from Tokyo.

"So we're um…. well, it looked good!"

Viewers were not best pleased with the events that unravelled and blasted the BBC coverage as "amateur hour".


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A viewer on Twitter said: "The BBC coverage of the Olympics is absolute amateur hour… sort it out!"

Whilst another added: "BBC coverage and commentary on the Olympics has been below par. Sort it out!"

Another spectator was more sympathetic towards the commentators, who tried their best to stay on track, saying: "The state of this BBC Olympic coverage – feel so sorry for the commentators."

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