Saturday Sportsday — History During the s sports coverage on television in the United Kingdom gradually expanded.
The BBC regularly broadcast sports programmes with an outside studio team, occasionally from two or three separate locations. Production assistant Bryan Cowgill put forward a proposal for a programme lasting three hours; one hour dedicated to major events and two hours showing minor events.
Outside Broadcast members held a meeting in April and Cowgill further detailed his plans taking timing and newer technical facilities into consideration.
During the development of the programme, problems arose over the proposed schedule which would result in the programme ending at pm to allow the recreational programme Children's Hour to broadcast.
Paul Fox insisted that the service was broadcast until pm to ensure a proper results service. Dimmock presented the first two editions and three weeks later, he was replaced by sports commentator David Coleman.
Until , the Sunday edition was only broadcast during the summer months but from February Sunday Grandstand aired all year round, incorporating the Ski Sunday and Rugby Special programmes.
Grandstand was not shown on 20 May as no major sporting events broadcast by the BBC were taking place.
From the programme's launch until the lifting of restrictions on broadcasting hours by the Postmaster General in , sports coverage was one of the few programming areas which was exempt from the broadcasting hours restrictions.
Originally sporting coverage and outside broadcasts were provided with a separate quota of broadcasting hours per year by the Postmaster General. By the mid s this amounted to hours per year.
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This meant Grandstand was a key part of the BBC's Saturday afternoon schedules, as the five or so hours the programme was on the air did not count to the overall 50 hour a week restriction on normal broadcasting hours. In October , the head of BBC Sports and Programming Pat Younge announced plans to revamp Grandstand by placing emphasis on showing one particular sport rather than switching back to another every few minutes.
This covered not only the results from all the matches, but also gave the results of the football pools. Perhaps the segment's most famous feature is the vidiprinter , a digital device which printed out the results as they came through, with the characters in each result appearing one by one.
Remarkably, only two people regularly read out the classified results on Final Score when it was part of Grandstand: the Australian Len Martin from the first programme until his death in and Tim Gudgin from until Final Score was separated from Grandstand in — he continued to read the classified results until Football Focus and Final Score part company In August the Football Focus section, having been the first feature on Grandstand since , separated to become a programme in its own right.
This meant that Grandstand's start time was now rather than At the same time, Final Score was also separated from Grandstand, also becoming a programme in its own right, running from meaning that Grandstand only broadcast between and rather than to In , following the success of Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday programme featuring reports from the afternoon's football matches, the BBC introduced its own football scores programme called Score.
It ran for the full duration of the afternoon's football matches, beginning at , and was available as an add-on service on the Red Button until when BBC One joined the programme and at that point Score would become Final Score. Later years and demise In its final few years, the show was rarely presented from a studio and as such there was no longer a main presenter.
The show tended to be broadcast from wherever the main event of the day was taking place. The host would be associated with that feature; for example, Hazel Irvine would host snooker, Sue Barker for tennis, Clare Balding for racing or rugby league, and John Inverdale for rugby union.
Sport still features prominently on the BBC's programme schedules on Saturday afternoon as well as on BBC Red Button , the interactive service available on digital television; Final Score is still shown at the end of the Premier League football games played on Saturday afternoon.