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  1. Thanks for all your updates Durban - I for one enjoy reading them and find the media/broadcast side of the games just as interesting as anything else.

    Foxtel have announced today their games package (of 8 HD channels) will be available free to current sports subscribers. They'll announce fees for other customers plus full broadcast details on April 18th.

    Here is what Foxtel offered for Vancouver: http://www.pushbutton.tv/work/winter-olympics-itv-app/

    Have never been able to find even just screencaps of the service for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, but I know they offered six channels. It'll be interesting to see how interactive TV develops worldwide for London 2012 - it does seem to have somewhat stalled in many places in favour of broadband streaming, which for me is a shame as I'd much rather watch events in front of the TV rather than sat at a computer.

  2. C4 revealed their paralympic team last week with a mixture of established broadcasters and new talent found through it's search for disabled presenters.

    Claire Balding heads up the team having fronted the BBC coverage since Sydney and remaining a part of the BBC Olympic team, while C4 News anchor John Snow will front the ceremonies. Jonathan Edwards will also be switching from the BBC to C4 for the Paralympics, while Rick Edwards - host of C4's Paralympic Show and their main athletics presenter (after the disaster of Ortis Deely) also features alongside Ade Adepitan. Sky Sports News veterans Kelly Cates and Georgie Bingham also feature, while Aussie comedian Adam Hills, who worked for ABC during the 2008 games, will be part of the nightly highlights shows.

    The new faces amongst the line up include DarĂ¡ine Mulvihill and Arthur Williams in the studio and Rachael Latham, Jordan Jarrett-Bryan, Martin Dougan, Liam Holt and Alex Brooker on location.


  3. It's ridiculous the tube closes at 12.30am (on any night, never mind for one of the biggest events in London's history). We all here can tell you that if the ceremony begins at 9pm it won't be over by 12.30am. Indeed if it began an hour earlier people would still struggle to make the Tube in time.

    As for the Opening Ceremony seating - is the 20,000 reduction an indication athletes may be seated, or just the standard number of corporate/official spectators a games can expect.

  4. The simplest explanation is that the Olympics are not as big of a deal here as they are in many other countries. Michael Phelps may be a household name, but most Americans barely know what he does aside from a week every 4 years at the Olympics plus maybe another big meet here or there. As opposed to Australia where you follow the sport a lot more closely than we do here and would gather together for an Olympic final in the middle of a work day or late at night. Same thing for a sport like bobsled where the world championships are going on, in the United States no less. That's probably a big deal in a country like Germany, but not at all here. That an American won didn't even register on the American sports radar.

    So when the Olympics comes along, it's sports and athletes that Americans largely aren't familiar with.

    BIB1 - I'd disagree with that actually - and $4.3bn suggests NBC do as well. OK, maybe it is because of the NBC strategy but the Olympics usually provide a much bigger boost to NBC primetime and the likes of Australia than they do here in the UK on the BBC, even though our figures are healthy and I'm sure will be very healthy this summer.

    As for the second part - I think that's the case world wide too. Historically outside of athletics everything has been rather unfamiliar here in the UK - though now athletics is probably more unfamiliar than the likes of swimming, cycling and rowing - though even then most would struggle to name more than one or two Brits in those sports - and beyond Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt many wouldn't be able to name the big stars coming to town either. Indeed considering myself a big Olympic Sport fan I'm struggling to think of names.

    They report on the events American's win, and do medal counts, maybe send a reporter but other than that they ignore it mostly. No witholding results till primetime even if NBC withold the event coverage till primetime, even with that NBC will sometimes edit down events to only show the American and maybe the couple that are favored to place highly in the event.

    I guess though NBC withhold results from their news coverage.

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  5. Entering the bowls argument and personally I'd remove it as a compulsory sport - but obviously if hosts want it the sport would remain as one of the optional sports. Looking at the list of Core and Optional sports there are regular events like cycling, gymnastics and diving which perhaps should be protected with core status, but moving forward and I think the important thing is to keep the demands for host cities realistic - so no demanding 5000 seater venues when 2000 seaters will be sufficient.

    The most important thing though is securing it's place on the calendar so events don't have to be held in March or October - and when they do take place in the summer athletes are not forced into choosing between the games and another event.

  6. The BBC have got their 3D plans spot on - it would have been suicidal to lose a second HD channel for little watched 3D coverage of the game, especially when we've already lost a couple of interactive streams to make way for the HD channels.

    NBC looks like it's doing exactly what we expect of NBC. Having watched opening ceremonies and live action at all times of day or night here on the BBC for as long as I can remember I still can't comprehend the idea of delaying it all till primetime, especially in the world of Twitter and the internet, but London was never going to be the games that changed that - though it would be great to see NBC experiment with daytime live action at the weekend of events like the 100m final.

  7. An upturned bell shaped cauldron though could be quite ugly. I'm not so sure about the bell myself - if anything I think I'd put it in a permanent home outside of the stadium within the park to start with and ring it from there rather than have it stuck in the stadium throughout the ceremony.

    It does seem Diversity will be involved in some way. There has been reports this week Ashley Banjo has been asked to choreograph a large scale "street dance" routine for the ceremony and he pretty much confirmed he'd been approached on This Morning and would be involved without doing the whole usual "can't talk about that" routine.

    And thankfully The Spice Girls are now talking about hijacking the Diamond Jubilee for an unwanted reunion rather than the Olympics (I suspect Danny Boyle told them where to go!).

    Has any more been said about a series of concerts being staged during the games featuring several top acts. Had to laugh when I saw that in the paper a couple of weeks ago being highlighted as "giving London something to celebrate" and plans to screen them across the world. I suspect it was someone trying to get in on the act rather than a LOCOG idea as obviously the Olympics themselves are more than enough for Londoners to celebrate - and TV companies around the world will probably be otherwise engaged during the Olympics.

  8. It's going to start quite late. Pre-show starts 8.12pm, and proper show only at 9pm with the bell rings. Everything will end right before 12am. A 3 hours ceremony including the athletes procession, a bit short no?

    So the timing has switched again - it was announced as a 7.30pm start last year. Whatever they say we all know no ceremony at the Summer games at least clocks in at under 4 hours - so we could be looking at 1am for the lighting of the cauldron. I think we saw Steve Redgrave pick up his Sydney medal earlier than that!

    There is some suggestion it might have been done so the actual lighting falls within US primetime - but I really can't see NBC broadcasting from 4-8pm. If anything having it later will surely reinforce their plan to tape delay it and show it in primetime.

    P.S. 3D coverage - on a 24 hour delay. Is there really any point?

  9. i think this makes total sense - it is a lot of money and times are tough - but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for UK plc to advertise itself to the world! for the 1st time i have to congratulate this government!

    It's so painful isn't it to commend David Cameron for anything, but absolutely the right decision. I've no complaint about a single penny spent on the Olympics - the nation is long overdue a treat and I genuinely believe that in the last few years the promise of London 2012 has been a bit of hope on the horizon for the nation.

    And let's face it, the country would still be in the **** and cuts being made left right and centre with or without the Olympics.

  10. I remember you asked this once before. Sorry I didn't get back to you then.

    The only firm requirement I can find is the IRB requires the host nation must have a venue of (minimum) 60,000 capacity for the final. I'd guess they'd require about 10 venues all up - but maybe someone else knows if there's a firm rule or not.

    I think seating wise for the pool games the minimum requirement is only 10-15,000, though for the knock-out stages that rises.

  11. Ridiculous how he is defending Huw Edwards and saying focus groups back him when he has been unanimously slammed for his efforts in Beijing and Delhi. Not impressed either Gary Lineker gets the peaktime slot when he's had no Olympic involvement since Atlanta 1996.

    If it was down to me I'd have:

    6-9am Breakfast with Bill Turnbill and Gabby Logan (covering news and sport)

    9am-1.45pm Claire Balding and Jake Humphrey

    1.45pm-7pm Sue Barker and Gary Lineker

    7pm-12m'n John Inverdale and Hazel Irvine - easily the best two all round sports hosts the BBC have.

    And for the ceremonies I'd have John and Sue lead the broadcast with Hazel leading the commentary.

  12. Housing is always being built - so some sort of development to be converted to housing afterwards won't be an issue - though might be further away than the Olympic village. Media and press requirements are significantly smaller for the Commonwealth Games, while I'm sure the Aquatics Centre will be big enough - bigger than Manchester 2002 I think, and I'm sure they've said the reduced size would fit with FINA guidelines for World Champs etc.

  13. :mellow: Question: Is there any room for that grandest of stadiums, Wembley?

    I know the IRB wants one main stadium to be the grand stage for this event, does it have to be Twickers? Yes the so called home of rugby should host the opening and some of the top end matches. But would Wembley be a real money spinner as the Grand Final venue?

    Why on earth would you want to move the final from the home of rugby in England to a football pitch (roofless BTW - they never finished that!). And it would be no money spinner at all for rugby as the RFU own Twickenham so don't want to be gifting a chunk of profits towards the FA.

    Stupid, stupid, idea.

  14. Rule in life: Never say NEVER...unless you're Peter Pan. ;)

    Go way back to 1992. France got Albertville 1992 because the summer was denied to Paris. That was the first of the Winter consolations. Plus, what bolster's the US' position for 2022 (whether it be Ready-to-go-Reno or Denver-is-a-dud) is that the previous NBC package of $4.3 billion expired with 2020. So with a U.S. host for 2022, the TV rights could be sky-high for the NEXT 2 or 4 Games. Conceivably, the IOC could see 5.7 or even $6 billion for Games 2022-28 with a U.S. host there starting off that next round.

    I think though in terms of both the TV deal and indeed the Olympics as a whole a summer games in the US in 2024 is of more value to the US than the Winter games in 2022, especially as them hosting the Winter Olympics in 2022 effectively rules out 2024 and 2028 for the Summer Games (though LA 2032 would be on!).

    BTW, has anything been suggested yet by the IOC to mark the centenary of the Winter Games in 2024?

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