Pundits turn their homes into TV studios as snooker return edges closer

Some of snooker’s top pundits have turned parts of their homes into TV studios ahead of next week’s Championship League tournament.

Snooker will be one of the first sports to make its comeback in the UK on Monday after an unprecedented few months which has seen all sport kicked into touch following the coronavirus pandemic.

The Championship League will feature 64 players who will battle it out in Milton Keynes in an eleven-day event for a top prize of £20,000. This will be the first competitive snooker event since March with players looking to get some match form ahead of what will, unusually, be a busy summer for the sport with the World Championship scheduled in August.

The tournament, which will be screened live on ITV4, will not be a ranking event and only players who have tested negative for coronavirus will be allowed to play matches. The event will also follow very strict rules so social distancing guidelines can be met at all times.

This means that pundits and presenters on ITV 4 will have to deliver TV presentation and analysis in a different way to ever before……..their homes.

The likes of Stephen Hendry, Alan McManus and Neal Foulds as well as TV presenter Jill Douglas have all set parts of their homes as studios ahead of the event.

Hendry posted on his Instagram account: “So all the kit has arrived in order for me to broadcast next weeks #championsleaguesnooker live from my home for #itv4 with @jillydouglas presenting and @fouldsy147 @alanangles147 and me on punditry duty.

“Just hope I can get it set up in time for the first session on Monday afternoon.”

And if Neal Foulds’ tweet is anything to go by, TV audiences can expect a screen like something from a work Zoom meeting while there is no play.

The tournament starts at 3pm on Monday afternoon.

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