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SBD/July 31, 2012/Olympics
Olympic Media Notes: Some Newspapers Cut Back On Staff Sent To London
Published July 31, 2012
VISION OF LONDON: The GUARDIAN's Robert Booth noted NBC has "built sets to match" the Games' "iconic" London backdrops. The primetime evening set "is modelled on a long-ago gentleman's library." There is "faux wood panelling, walnut desks, lead crystal decanters and sepia portraits of Victorian ladies." It is a "vision of Britain familiar to generations of US tourists, but the antithesis of the image LOCOG has tried to project with its neon colour schemes and graffiti-style 2012 logo." The daytime studio "is fresher and features a 28-screen video wall" (GUARDIAN, 7/30).
LET'S SEE THAT AGAIN: The GUARDIAN's Josh Halliday noted the Opening Ceremony "racked up 1.7 million viewing requests on the BBC iPlayer since Saturday, setting a new record for the corporation's online catchup service." The BBC said that there "had been 925,000 iPlayer requests to view the opening ceremony on Saturday alone, from people who either missed Friday's opening extravaganza or simply wanted to replay the occasion." The Queen's "surprise acting debut alongside" Daniel Craig as James Bond has "so far been viewed 650,000 times on the BBC's YouTube channel" (GUARDIAN, 7/30).