The inside track on Inside Sport
Thanks for your comments in the run up to the first show - and thanks to those who have responded following it.
First up - the time slot. Unfortunately it won't change and I know that it is a huge issue among you but the schedulers have it there and despite efforts on our part to try to get an earlier slot, it won't happen and it will remain just after 11pm on BBC One. Anyone of course would want an earlier time but at the end of the day we are on the main channel in the country - and that is great.
And about the show. The studio is intimate and that is what I wanted the new look to achieve and I think bringing the guests closer to Gabby on the sofa also helps too.
Well, some may like the change others may not. It's all about opinion.
I thought Des, Steve and Tony did a good job - I was the assistant editor in the first two series and helped bring the guys on board in the first place. But I think you should always look at freshening things up - change can be good - and bringing in the people I aim to have in the studio will add to the show in a different way, I think.
And yes, there may be times when Gabby does an interview in the studio too - I intend to have variety in the programme and in the studio. I think you should always be flexible and if there is a guest that has very strong opinions, go for it and give them more time.
And also having specialist guests, who have been there and done that and can talk eloquently, I believe is of real value. For example, Jonathan Agnew is coming in on show two this Monday (13 April) to talk about cricket off the back of a piece on the IPL in South Africa.
Finding the right mix is always tricky... to me the guests really need to add to the films and the features, otherwise you could easily produce this programme a la Panorama and just have Gabby doing post produced links into films and then get rid of the studio.
There are many ways you can produce this show - but guests and chat add to the intimacy and more importantly purpose of the show. Also what you have to balance is time. Effectively these shows are 29 minutes from start of titles to the end. In an ideal world, I would like more....
As for Colin Montgomerie on show one... Some of you have pointed out correctly that he wasn't on the show when billed. Well, working in television can be most exhilarating but unfortunately at times frustrating and disappointing.
Monty had agreed for some time to appear on the show - but late last week he pulled out. It was massively disappointing but you have to move on. So, you count to 10 or even 10,000 and have to deal with it and then you have to find a solution.
And with it being show one - you want a big name that has relevance.
We'd spoken to Tim Henman about coming on the show on 18 May as we are looking at doing a tennis feature. I spoke to his agent Caroline about our predicament as I wanted Tim - who is knowledgeable about so much sport - to come on to replace Monty and thankfully he did. Tim was great - as was Alan Hansen - and talking about how Henman dreaded Saturday afternoon as a player was most revealing.
So, the season is up and running. Do keep your opinions coming in because I really want to know what you think. I intend to have quirky items in there as well as the films and features - any bits of fun (like the top 10 sporting earners) that has relevance we may do - so your thoughts on those are welcome too.