BBC had been airing the Gardeners World show at 8.30 PM for what seems like eons, but the show has been taken off the programme listings and replaced by the snooker world championships. The move, however, has irked gardeners who are up in arms against the BBC as is the host Monty Don, who has called the move by the BBC “cheap”.
The gardening show had been recorded to have a following of approximately 2.59 million viewers. The World Snooker Championship that has taken up the slot vacated by the gardening show only has about half that viewership. What is even more bad news for the gardening community is that soon after the end of the snooker event, Wimbledon would take up that time slot.
Don blames the schedulers of the television channels for what he has termed as “crazy hiatus” in his tweets. Tweets have followed from avid followers of the GW show with Bryan Appleyard mentioning continuity is important for a programme like GW to be of value.
Don tweeted his agreement in response saying football will never be seen being meted out the same treatment as GW. Roz Smith wants the GW show to be aired for an even longer duration and wondered why sports in most cases were given priority over programs like GW.
Gardening World is the only programme that the BBC airs in this genre and is therefore facing a lot of flak after its decision to drop it in favour of snooker. More so as this is the spring season, the time of the year that is most favourable for gardening. Also, the upcoming Bank Holiday is another period when gardeners are at their busiest. The BBC has defended their move saying sporting events take place as per their schedules and it’s not just gardening but all programme types that have to make way for the sports shows.