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Brekkie Boy

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  1. Obviously the BBC's word isn't gospel, despite what some might say, but interesting yesterday how their Asia correspondent was saying the Indian press was pretty much leading the criticism of the organising committee (for bringing shame on the country etc.) rather than just passing off the criticism as "Western bias" as the OC have tried to do.
  2. P.S. I don't suppose there is a site similar to the eurovisionsports.tv/olympics site with all available streams of coverage on?
  3. According to morethanthegames.co.uk the whole media system hasn't gone live yet, so don't know if netball is facing similar problems to tennis in people don't know who they're playing or when. Also seems a lot of workers, including VIP chauffeurs, going on strike over conditions and pay. The BBC preview thought was pretty good and without glossing over the issues fairly positive. How these games could have been lifted though just with the presence of Usain Bolt. I know he never intended to go, but the presence of arguably the most famous Olympian of the moment would really have helped shift the focus onto the sport.
  4. The BBC's coverage looks to be relatively poor this year on network TV at least. Yes, Sky viewers will get the 5-6 streams (Freeview viewers only get an extra one, and no replay at night), but on BBC1/2 themselves there is as little as 7 hours of live coverage a day, with no early morning live coverage of the swimming and athletics heats. They're not even showing the marathon live on network television. Although this obviously compares favourably with Canada, compared to PRIME and Ten down under it falls short of their 12-16 hours of network TV coverage a day, and indeed compared to previous games is a notable downsizing of coverage.
  5. Next weeks strike has been called off, so coverage won't be affected.
  6. He's showing he's as bad as the Indian organisers by taking no responsibility at all. He has to go!
  7. I assume Sky Sports in NZ is part of the Murdoch empire, so will it share a lot of it's coverage with Foxtel in Australia, who are offering six channels. Ten is the FTA broadcaster, with ONE simulcasting in HD and showing additional coverage when Ten shows the news from 5-6pm. And the BBC as ever is the broadcaster in the UK. Coverage will be anchored in London, though morning heats in swimming and athletics will only be on the red button. Live coverage begins around 8/9am, with highlights from the heats and during the first week, the Track cycling finals. Live coverage continues until Commonwealth Games Report at 5pm, with daily highlights at 7pm. However, a 48-hour strike is planned by BBC staff on 5th/6th October which could hit coverage.
  8. You know when people bring race into it they've lost the argument. If these things weren't there for the Western media to find, they couldn't be reported.
  9. That seemed to be the next obvious concern - can the people of Delhi actually afford to go, and with foreign supporters pretty much discouraged in the Western media at least, empty seats seem an inevitability.
  10. Hasn't the Baton been on the road for well over a year for some ridiculous reason. Think they definately need to look at scaling that back!
  11. So turns out Indian's standard of hygiene aren't that different after all then!
  12. Wonder if they all knew this and the big Western "white" nations all made a fuss in order to get the best apartments! Feeling more positive about the event now compared to a few days ago - though the fact remains the village should have been 100% ready at least a fortnight or so out from the games for athletes arriving to take part.
  13. Have we had any reports on the facilities for the media? It looks like the BBC aren't risking it (though a decision made prior to this weeks news) considering the main hosts are in the UK fronting Ryder Cup coverage on Sunday, then hosting Delhi coverage on Monday. (Presumably though even though the presenters and studio aren't in Delhi, they'll have commentators and reports there.) (Presumably though even though the presenters and studio aren't in Delhi, they'll have commentators and reporters there.)
  14. There is a huge difference though. Every report on the lead up to Delhi 2010 has (for years) said they are behind schedule, whilst every report I've seen on London says they're well ahead of schedule. Plus of course the IOC won't turn up a week before the games to see if everything is finished.
  15. The CBC schedule: http://www.cbc.ca/commonwealthgames/schedule/streaming-broadcast.html
  16. OK - admittedly easy to say this in hindsight (I'm sure many of us here who heard such things months ago had heard it all before for previous events which were alright on the night!) but these inspections shouldn't have been about what the Delhi team is telling the CWG Fed - it should be the other way round. I suspect though the CWG Federations resources didn't stretch to monitoring the build up to these games to the extent which was obviously required.
  17. I've posted exactly those sentiments in the other thread. These events aren't just highlighting the inabilities of the Delhi organisers, but of the CWG Federation as a whole. Even if they'd had to cancel the event three months out from the games it would have been better PR than we're seeing now. The CWG Federation seem to forget their loyalty is to the games, not to Delhi. It's not a case of will they be ready now, it's a case of they're not ready. Athletes always move into the village at least a week prior to the games, so saying it'll be ready for the opening ceremony is basically a failure.
  18. The CWG Federation has a lot to answer for and the buck has to stop with them. The fact is Delhi isn't ready - it's no good saying the athletes village will be finished for the Opening Ceremony when athletes are arriving a fortnight earlier. Add to that legitimate concerns about the construction - and it's a disaster, and a disaster of the CWG's own making. We all know the thinking behind choosing Delhi to host the event, and in theory that was a good move - but these problems have been highlighted time and time again over the last couple of years yet the CWG Federation have obviously done nothing to ensure we avoided the outcome we're now seeing. It might have been embarrassing, but cancelling or postponing the games months ahead of their scheduled appearance is far less damaging PR wise than the prospect of them being cancelled - or at least boycotted by many athletes, if not nations - now, and would at least have given them time to come up with a plan B (I've seen Singapore suggested considering they had venues and infrastructure in place for the YOGs). As selfish as it may seem, the CWG Federations loyalty is to the games, not the host city - and if the host city was failing time and time again to meet specified deadlines, the CWG Fed shouldn't be afraid to act in the interest of the Commonwealth Games. The whole organisation needs to grow up and realise this isn't an "amateur" event, but one they need to look after and treat professionally for it to prosper. Host city choices are obviously limited especially when big cities aren't putting their names forward, but the CWG should be looking at solutions to that problem - for example a partial downsizing or a more effective bidding process (bidding for two games at once for example). They also need to sort the calendar out to stop athletes withdrawing due to the excuse they're out of season. Games in March or October are ridiculous - surely a May to September window can be worked out. It's bound to clash with some international events, but it is in October anyway - so compromises have to be made. Basically though although Delhi is obviously far from blameless for this situation, the problems are one of the CWG's own making - and risk killing off the games for good.
  19. So have TV deals been struck other than in Australia where GO! and Fox Sports will be covering it. (Fox Sport's and Nine (who run GO!) have the Olympic rights).
  20. Turns out they got New Delhi and New York mixed up then!
  21. Except now it'll have a hideous red steel tower in the middle.
  22. It would be like when England didn't qualify for Euro 2008, with comments on how they'd have won the thing if they were actually there.
  23. Finally after months of denying it was a done deal confirmation today the BBC are looking to broadcast the Commonwealth Games as usual. http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/commonwealth/
  24. Something they could do without in the run up to Delhi, though IMO it looks a rather isolated incident. http://www.news.com.au/world/eight-hurt-in-bomb-blasts-at-indian-cricket-stadium/story-e6frfkyi-1225855037277
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