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SBD Global/August 7, 2012/Media
BBC Reporters Critisized For Hands-On Approach To Athlete Interviews
Published August 7, 2012
RED BUTTON OLYMPICS: Also in London, Stuart Heritage opined on the GUARDIAN's TV&Radio Blog that BBC's red button Olympics allowed him to go to "the outer reaches of the Olympics." He wrote, "On Friday afternoon ... I was struck out alone on channel 500-and-whatever, watching the fifth race in the men's windsurfing RS:X. Which, as it turns out, is probably the least televisual sport ever created." He added: "And Super Saturday might have been super for those of you who were allowed to watch BBC flitting from success to success, but I was watching China play Russia in the doubles table tennis" (GUARDIAN, 8/6).
CHEER FOR THE HOME TEAM: In Dubai, Sunil Gavaskar opined watching the Olympics in England is "unwatchable" by the fact that only those sports where British athlets are participating in are covered on TV. Since London is the host city, "it is understandable" there would be more emphasis on what their athletes are doing, but the interruption in the coverage of other countries’ matches to switch to one where British teams or athletes are in action "does endanger the poor TV screen." The TV commentary also is "so biased that it is stomach churning." Here again it is understandable that British commentators would want their teams and athletes to win, but "to look for conspiracies every time a British athlete doesn’t win is taking it a bit too far" (GULF NEWS, 8/6).