Revealed: Why the BBC really chose Bournemouth-Palace as its first-ever live Premier League match

Something just didn’t add up, so Paddy went deep undercover at the Beeb and discovered a SHOCKING email thread

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From: director.of.sport@bbc.com
To: gary@bbc.comalan@bbc.com

Hi Gary/Alan,

Just wanted to get your opinion on something. As you know, the Corp has been waiting for 27 years to televise a live Premier League match, and I think Bournehampton versus Crispian Palace would be ideal for the occasion. What do you think?

Director.
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From: gary@bbc.com
To: director.of.sport@bbc.com, CC: alan@bbc.com

Hi Director,

Are you totally insane? Three decades in the making and you pick a tame clash between two clubs with tiny fanbases? WTF?

Gaz.
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From: director.of.sport@bbc.com
To: gary@bbc.comalan@bbc.com

Gary,

There’s no need for that kind of language. Anyway, look, I’ll be honest with you, the snooker and lawn bowls lobbies are very powerful within this organisation. I had a visit from Rob Walker the other night and he threatened to break my legs if the footer ended up overshadowing the billiards.

And, frankly, I’m a bit more into the bowls myself – never really understood why football is the nation’s game of choice. You haven’t lived until you’ve spent a day watching a 55-year-old accountant stare at a jack for 35 minutes before launching that first bowl. Gary, genuinely, it’s exhilarating stuff and I don’t want this football lark stealing the limelight.

Director.
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From: gary@bbc.com
To: director.of.sport@bbc.com, CC: alan@bbc.com

Hi Director,

Well, if that’s how you feel you’d better find someone else to present it. I’ve heard big Nige Farage is available.

Gaz.
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From: director.of.sport@bbc.comgary@bbc.com
To: gary@bbc.com, CC: alan@bbc.com

Gary,

I’m sorry you feel that way but I just don’t think there’s any place for regular live Premier League football on the BBC. Quite simply, it’s far too popular and showing people programmes that they’re interested in just doesn’t fit with our mission statement. I reluctantly accept your resignation.

Director.
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From: alan@bbc.com
To: gary@bbc.com, CC: director.of.sport@bbc.com

Hi,

Is this customer support? I’m looking to get my password reset, can anyone help?

Cheers,

Al.

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