Jul 30, 2012

Why Olympics coverage looks more like a slideshow

Wondering why some of the television news coverage of Olympic competition looks more like a slideshow? The IOC cracks down on footage used by non-rights holders.

Jason Whittaker — Former <em>Crikey</em> editor and publisher

Jason Whittaker

Former Crikey editor and publisher

Wondering why some of the television news coverage of Olympic competition looks more like a slideshow?

Australian networks — like other non-rights broadcasters around the world — are strategically programming the scraps of footage they’re allowed to play each day. Many programs over the weekend and today have resorted to using still images to illustrate their reports.

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8 thoughts on “Why Olympics coverage looks more like a slideshow

  1. Liz45

    I’m getting sick to death of the hopeless coverage and repeat ads – all the time, it’s pathetic. I’m seriously thinking of giving it all a big miss. Those who set up the rules obviously don’t give a toss for the countries whose time difference is marked. I want to see more LIVE events, not repeats of repeats that Aussies are in.

    The hideous chant of medals as the only priority is nauseating. I think it’s very sad. A typical example of the focus on winning and medals (preferably only gold) is in evidence via the result of the Males Relay Event. All the hype is Gold focused, and today it’s almost like a death the way the media is covering this. There’s no shared responsibility or thoughts to the damage this is doing to the whole team, not just the swimming team.

    I think all the participants are just wonderful for qualifying many events to be selected. I’m thrilled for them when they do well, whether they receive a medal or not. What messages are we, so called mature adults, sending to the competitors, and most importantly, young people? The recent nonsense about Leisal Jones was revolting, to say the least. Now I hope she DOES win Gold – if only to show ’em! It’s a sad indictment on all of us, particularly those close to the issue – organisers, media etc.

    It’s one race – nobody died! They’re all healthy (well, that might change, thanks to us) and life goes on! Next!

  2. John Bennetts

    I’m quite happy not to be exposed to even 6 minutes of actual Olympic events.

    If only the comments were as brief.

  3. khtagh

    My only question is, why does ABC 24 you have to fill the empty air with snippets of the whinging wing nut every 30 minutes.

  4. Liz45

    KHITAGH – Apparently the rules are so restrictive re actual footage of events – only 6 minutes per day? How damned stupid is that? I think that the organisers have lost the plot. The whole concept was/should be about the competitors and all of us engaged – but, alas, like too many other events, this is all about money, and it’s getting worse. ! I love all those young people who are competing, and wish them the best. I’m in awe of their sacrifice and commitment – and their parents too of course! It’s a damned shame! Gold, gold gold is the important thing, and money above all things is god!

    @JB – Too bad!

  5. zut alors

    Six minutes is more than adequate, two minutes would be even better. I notice that every ABC breakfast radio news bulletin has sport as the lead story – surely it’s time to grow up.

    It’s ironic that the IOC values their games so highly when they can’t even fill spectator seats in the stadium.

  6. Yclept

    I’d be happy if the greedy little men from the IOC stopped all other broadcasters from showing any of their footage on the other channels, and then, if we could only get the other broadcasters to show some decent shows for the two weeks it would be even better. Oh well, back to the DVDs and shows we recorded prior to the circus starting.

  7. beetwo77

    I think considering we pay for the vast majority of the athletes to compete through subsidies to sporting bodies, that we should have unrestricted access to olympic footage and we should demand gold because we spend so much money supporting the athletes. The sacrifices they make are insignificant compared to the sacrifices the Australian people make to get them there.

  8. rossmcg

    As an afternoon shift worker I see very little of the Olympics while I am at work and as it is my pattern to go to bed soon after getting home I will not sit up late as I prefer to get up early and not waste half a day before going to work, I have seen hardly any of the Olympic coverage. And I don’t think I have missed a thing All I need to know can be found on a radio news bulletin or in the headlines on a news outlet’s website.

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