According to media reports TV right hard nut Ray Winstone’s career is fast fading with his popularity seemingly very much on the wan, and in particular his 24/7 betting channel is becoming a major casualty.
One compulsive gambling addict Clive Alan told BBC News: ‘I used to tune into Ray’s channel and blow thousands of pounds that I could ill-afford by betting on things all day long, such were Ray’s powers of persuasion I just couldn’t resist, but recently I’ve noticed he is being constantly interrupted by sports events.’
‘Just when I’m weighing up the form for a flutter on the 2.30 at Ascot on comes some golf, football or bloody cricket. It’s getting so bad that Ray’s show is losing all continuity and becoming almost completely unwatchable.’
But Sky TV has hit back with Speciality Programming Director, Simone de Chambonne claiming: ‘We focus grouped Ray’s show, and although it gets a healthy level of positive support, we just thought we’d like to add some actual sport into the mix to break things up a touch and give our viewers time for a comfort break or to go and make a cuppa.’
‘But of course with our Sky Q system if fans want to record Ray’s channel or stagger it by, say an hour or so, then they can fast forward through the boring sports bits and just concentrate on Ray as usual.’