Barry Hearn responds to calls for new snooker TV channel

Calls have been made on social media for a new snooker TV channel to be created which would celebrate the sport’s history and players of the past.

Picture by Monique Limbos

One Twitter user says it would be good for the sport if there was a TV channel dedicated to showing archive footage of old matches from the 1980s and 1990s.

The comments came from snooker fan Keith Walter who believes there is a market for such a TV channel because there is interest in old matches on YouTube.

Mr Walter tweeted World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn for his thoughts on the proposal but it’s safe to say he didn’t get the answer which he hoped for.

This is because Hearn replied in straight and simple terms that there was “no commercial value” for the channel to exist.

Recently snooker fans have been enjoying some archive footage shown during ITV4’s live coverage of the Players Championship and other tournaments.

After an early finish to one of their live matches last week ITV’s production team decided to show an archive frame from of Jimmy White vs John Spencer in the 1987 British Open.

The frame showed Spencer come back to win after needing six snookers.


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