Well, the dust is beginning to settle and dog lovers of all persuasions are digesting the fact that for the first time in four decades there will be no Crufts dog show on BBC television in 2009.
So what happened behind the scenes?
What were the key sticking points that lead to this breakdown?
And could there have been a different outcome?
K9 Magazine has learned from a BBC insider that discussions took place about the possibility of Crufts 2009 being broadcast if the Kennel Club’s ‘at risk’ breeds would not be featured in the showring but they COULD have been featured in the TV broadcast provided a critical, unbiased commentary was given referring to the health of the breeds in question along with a similar proviso for the two ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed breeds’ the Rhodesian Ridgeback and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
As we now know, the Kennel Club rejected the BBC’s terms and the [...]
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