Fishing show 'Tight lines' ends

The news that Matt Hayes will be hosting a new BBC fishing show was sadly offset with the revelation that popular angling show Tight Lines will end after 20 years of being shown on Sky Sports.

Star names from coarse, sea and game angling have joined presenter Keith Arthur in the studio for two decades, but the final instalment will be aired on Friday, July 17.

“I’m really sad that Tight Lines is coming to a conclusion, but we’ve had an incredible run.

“We’ve put more than 800 shows together and I am really proud of what we’ve achieved,” explained Keith.

“I always told new guests to the ‘bothy’ that the show is all about them, sitting and chatting to me, about fishing with the camera as our guest. I hope that’s how it comes across.”

Despite being almost 69 years old, Keith has not given up on the idea of gracing our screens again. He added: “You never know what the future holds, and while I have nothing lined up, I don’t feel like I’m ready to quit just yet.”

Officials at Sky Sports were unable to reassure Angling Times that new fishing programmes would continue to play a part on their channels, and a spokesperson said: “Our plans for the future are yet to be decided and details regarding our upcoming schedules will be released in due course.”