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Brand such as The BBC have been long-time hosts of the World championship after first showing the event as early as the s. The progress and amount of snooker that was shown on TV took several years to develop. They first started showing highlights of the semi-final and final, before then being able to provide viewers with longer format highlight shows of earl round matches as well.
Since then the BBC have been at the forefront of snooker on the TV and now show several live matches each day as well as extended highlights packages on the night. The viewing figures have dropped off from the mid 80s, where In more recent times the finals have averaged around 3. The most screenful player to have played in the World Championships is that of Stephen Hendry. He managed to win 7 titles in total form his 27 appearances, giving him a win rate percentage od This rate is only bettered by that of Ray Reardon, who won 6 titles from his 19 appearances, amassing a staggering Hendry also holds the records for most finals with 9 in total and is joint top with the most breaks 3 , with Ronnie Sullivan.
The longest game was in when Peter Ebdon beat Stephen Hendry The match was iconic not only in score, but also that is was the last time that Hendry would play in the final at the Championships after winning 7 titles. The game had the current set up of red balls and colours and soon took off in popularity by the end of the century.
The name came from a slang term, which meant inept, but it was something that caught on and was widely referred to as the game they were playing. It was Sir Neville Chamberlain who came out as the founder of the sport, although this was some 64 years after it had been first played. The first World Championships were held in and included the top 10 platers in the world along with professional billiards players as well.
After the draw was made, players needed to make their own arrangements over when their games were played and had to play be a certain date. However, the semi-final and the final were both played in Birmingham to attract crowds to watch. The snooker, however, was seen as a side event to the billiards that was being played at the same time. The format of the games were long and played over several days. It was Joe Davis that was eventually crowned the champion.
The move to the Crucible came about in Davis was to win the title every year until with tournaments held in a variety of towns and cities in England including Nottingham, London and Kettering. The championships resumed after World War Two and in Joe Davis again won the title in a final that was played over six days with him winning Davis retired after that win but then his brother Fred won the World Championship on eight occasions.
In Australian Horace Lindrum won the title by the score of From to there was no championship and when revived, it was won by John Pulman who defended it on a challenge basis and won seven titles in the s. It was in the s when snooker grew in popularity with proper knock-out tournaments being held and the arrival of players such as six-time champion Ray Reardon, Alex Higgins and John Spencer.
With the arrival of colour television, more interest was shown in the sport of snooker. The controversy caused by the behaviour of Alex Higgins also saw the sport hit the newspaper headlines on a regular basis. In the World Championship moved to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and has stayed there ever since. Since the final has been held over 35 frames with the most famous being in when Dennis Taylor beat Steve Davis The match finished after midnight with over From the s, the tournament has been dominated by Steve Davis , who won six titles but the record for the modern-day tournament is seven won by Stephen Hendry including a spell of five titles in a row between and