Hazel Irvine and John Virgo not to feature in BBC World Championship coverage

It has been announced that both Hazel Irvine and John Virgo will not be part of the BBC’s coverage for this year’s World Championship.

TV presenter Irvine has been the face of BBC’s coverage of snooker for many years and Virgo has been a commentator for decades.

The pair’s absences from this year’s 17-day tournament were revealed to viewers during the first day’s play of the World Championship on Friday morning.

Stand-in presenter Jason Mohammad confirmed Virgo was in Spain and due to Government rules regarding the coronavirus could not be at Sheffield for the coverage. However the BBC did a video call with him as part of the channel’s tribute to Willie Thorne who died last month.

Hazel Irvine and John Virgo. Pictures by Monique Limbos

Mohammad also said Irvine was back at home due to a family illness and wished her the best.

Snooker fans on Twitter also sent Hazel the best of well wishes.

Jessica Evershed said: “Sending best wishes to Hazel Irvine. We miss you at the Crucible and hope to see you soon!

And Warren Pilkington said: “I’m sure the whole snooker community will be sending their best wishes to Hazel Irvine and family at this time – health has to come first. She will be missed at the Crucible of course.”

22 thoughts on “Hazel Irvine and John Virgo not to feature in BBC World Championship coverage

      • Would also miss Willie Thorne R.I.P He spoke his mind in the Commentary Box. Some players often didn’t like it but he always commented on what he was seeing.

  1. We will miss hazel this year very important part of snooker greatest advent all the best to her and family look forward to her being back next year x

  2. Really missing Hazel Irvine, always a great part of the snooker coverage,. Health comes first! see you next year, hopefully.

  3. The new commentators voice is the most smoothest and silkiest just like the guy from the old grey whistle test .Could listen to this guy all day long. Very good replacement to JV ,shame he is away though as he has been commentating for years and is part of snooker

  4. Wishing Hazel All The Best This Years Snooker Championship Will Not Be The Same Without You Wishing You And Your Family All The Best God Bless You All

  5. hi all am saddened to here that john and hazel will not be part of team this year i wish the both of them all the best

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