Incoming BBC head of news and current affairs James Harding said that broadcaster John Inverdale's comments about Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli's personal appearance "were wrong," according to Lisa O'Carroll of the London GUARDIAN. Harding said that "Inverdale had to take ownership of what he said and apologise." Harding was asked at a Women in Journalism event at London's South Bank Centre on Monday whether this "'casual sexism' warranted the sack just as Sky Sports presenter Andy Gray was fired over a sexism row in 2011." Harding: "I think he said the wrong thing ... You have got to own your mistakes and apologize for them. I do think it's important that an apology too is an important thing and if you are talking about sacking someone, [you have to ask] is it proportionate. As a license fee payer I think it was wrong" (GUARDIAN, 7/9). ADWEEK's Mike Shields reported the BBC's "most popular Wimbledon video to date" was a clip of player Kirsten Flipkens "stopping during one of her matches to complain about the noise a BBC reporter was making." The clip was "viewed over 400,000 times in the U.K." The second most popular Wimbledon clip, which was "streamed over 200,000 times, featured the Duchess of Cornwall leaving" ESPN's John McEnroe "hanging as he attempted a handshake." Footage of Murray’s win over Djokovic was "in third place" as of Sunday "with 175,000 views." Shields noted it is "certainly possible that these numbers can change as more Britons look to relive Murray's long-awaited win" (ADWEEK, 7/8).
The England and Wales Cricket Board "has signed a deal with YouTube" to stream this summer's Investec Ashes series live in 53 countries across mainland Europe and Latin America, according to Chloe Smith of MEDIA WEEK. The deal "continues the ECB's expansion of its digital services, with its free-to-view content already receiving more than 1.5 million views." The partnership "will mean viewers can live stream the Ashes on the official ECB YouTube channel." The service begins on Wednesday, the first day of the Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. The service "will only be available to users in regions where there is no broadcast offering" (MEDIA WEEK, 7/8). Cricket Australia has unveiled its new digital video series, "The Rivalry That Unites Aus" to promote back-to-back Ashes series wins. The series on cricket.com.au features 13 famous Ashes moments from '72-'10 (CA).
London-based Internet sports radio station talkSPORT "has entered into a partnership with sports marketing agency Red Card to launch Red Card Sports Radio next month." Available on multiple platforms, including desktops, tablets and smartphone for iOS and Android users, the launch of the radio station "will allow fans to hear talkSPORT's official Barclays Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup radio commentary for the next three seasons" (CAMPAIGN ASIA-PACIFIC, 7/9). ... German free-to-air TV channel Sport1 "will live broadcast 16 hours from the German MotoGP Grand Prix weekend." The German Grand Prix "will take place at the Sachsenring from Friday until Sunday." The network "will also provide a free-of-charge multi-screen player on its website Sport1.de" (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 7/9). ... Fox Sports on Monday confirmed live TV coverage of next month's World Club 7s rugby at Twickenham after acquiring the rights from Premiership Rugby. The tournament, which is scheduled for Aug. 17-18, is set to expand further in '14 and '15 as 7s Rugby heads toward its debut at the Rio Olympics in '16, and it will include the strongest club and provincial teams in the world qualifying through domestic 7s championships (Premiership Rugby).