NBC coverage : what do people think ?

NBC coverage : what do people think ?

Post by dhaneesh kumbha » Wed, 05 Aug 1992 11:42:26


I've been wondering about the NBC coverage.
  Is this kind of superficial, soppy, over-glamorized coverage an
ingenious way of ensuring high viewership?
 Or, is the NBC stupidly insulting the American intellect by expecting
them to fall for this kind of mushy melodramatic stuff ?  
WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK ?
Out of curiosity, what has the Australian (Channel 9 ?) and British
(BBC / ITV ?) coverage been like ?
Does anyone know of the kind of TV coverage and viewership in China
and the former Soviet republics ?

 
 
 

NBC coverage : what do people think ?

Post by Yi Qin (BCW P » Thu, 06 Aug 1992 00:15:27

Quote:
>Out of curiosity, what has the Australian (Channel 9 ?) and British
>(BBC / ITV ?) coverage been like ?

As a Chinese national living in UK, I can't expect BBC show everything
about Chinese athletes. BBC is for what its first character stand for--
British. However, I think I should be satisfied with its coverage on the
events. At least I didn't miss many of the finals which involves Chinese
players. Fair amount of time has been assigned to each individual at the
medal ceremonies. We always know who has got what. There is another
valuable service, TELETEXT, from which we can always monitor the current
status of the games--who has got what, even who has been leading in what
event for the time being. Maybe people in other countries enjoy the
similar screen display text on TVs, as what we use here. I bet BBC is
one of the best in the world. NBC, from the responses, seems to be losing
their viewer population. Well, that's the story over there.

Quote:
>Does anyone know of the kind of TV coverage and viewership in China
>and the former Soviet republics ?

Don't know how the CCTV does it this time in CHN. From my experiences with
the previous two Olympic Games, they worked in a similar pattern as BBC.
In fact, CCTV has reasonably good relationship with BBC. Most of the
international news were quoted from BBC when I was still in China.
Even I found that the music used in a program, Window of Sports (not sure
about the translation), is from the BBC Grandstand (a sport program as
well). Well, this is a bit away from the topic. Anyway, I believe China's
CCTV are expected to give a fair coverage of all the events depending how
much they can afford. At least no complaint about CCTV yet--they are
broadcasting to 12 BILLION people, BTW.

Yi Qin


 
 
 

NBC coverage : what do people think ?

Post by Barry Kits » Thu, 06 Aug 1992 14:40:49

Quote:


>>I've been wondering about the NBC coverage.
>>Out of curiosity, what has the Australian (Channel 9 ?)...
>The Australian Channel 9 coverage, although on a 23 hour basis, is by
>far the most atrociously boring and over-produced waffle I've ever had the
>misfortune to watch. We only have this source for coverage.

        Oops!  It's Channel 7, but aside from that Dennis is pretty much
spot on.

Quote:
>We DON'T get the interestingly obscure sports like Archery, Shooting, Handball,
>Badminton etc, and we get at best glimpses of Field events, demonstration
>sports, Weightlifting etc. We get SO MUCH Boxing, Tennis and Basketball it
>just isn't funny anymore.

        Speaking of demonstration sports, I phoned Channel 7 on Monday, at about
11am, 5:10pm, 5:30pm, 6:10pm, 6:40pm and 7:30pm (this last one was an answering
service :^) to find out what time the Tae Kwon Do (scheduled for Monday night
our time) was on TV.  All except the last time (the answering service) I was told
to ring back later and they would have the schedule.  The answering service didn't
have the schedule.  So I taped the entire night's programme (waking every four
hours to replace the tape) and went through it in the morning.  

        Guess what?  No TKD.  (Hell, maybe it was so short that I missed it :^)  
But Tuesday morning the ABC (radio) announced that an Australian had won a bronze
medal on Monday night (our time).  Must have been pretty frustrating for his (given
name is Simon, so I assume it's a "he") family.

        I called Channel 7 again Tuesday and after I'd convinced them that the
ABC probably hadn't made the whole thing up, I was told that they have no way
to control programming (from within Australia), had no way of getting information
faster from Barcelona, had no way of getting information TO Barcelona (this I find
amazing) and probably couldn't get video from the Spannish anyway.  Not that they
seemed interested in trying.

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>I feel better now. Any other Antipodeans concur with my viewpoint?

        Almost.  But I still don't feel better.  Maybe more ranting would help,
but afternoon tea is over....

                Barry.

PS Any Aussies see the Judo coverage?  I saw what must have been nearly 8sec where
        Kathy Granger (sp?) threw (well, fell down with) an asian lady.  Judoka are
        so LUCKY that their sport isn't merely for demonstration!

 
 
 

NBC coverage : what do people think ?

Post by Luke Wildm » Thu, 06 Aug 1992 17:47:33

Well, you've done it, I'm going to have a rave as well.

I'll start with : AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGG   (sob)

Ok, I play handball right, and handball has been an olympic sport since 1972
and this is actually the second time as it was also an olympic sport in 1936.
So why is this fact so unknown? Ask the person at channel seven why there is no
handball on TV, she replies: Handball? that's a demonstration sport right? WRONG!,
thats what our people in Spain tell us, THEY'RE WRONG TOO!

So I live and hope, last olympics there was some handball on TV so maybe, just
maybe, channel #$%^& will skip a repeat of KP or whathisname discovering an odd
coffee shop in Barcelona and show some handball. Every night I set my video to
record the darkest hours of the morning just in case they show handball. Every
morning I wake up and skim the tape to see what's there, so far, nothing.

AND THEN AND THEN somebody comes in and tells me : Oh luke did you see the
handball on TV last night. WHAT???, oh sorry just kidding .... He's dead now but
I suppose it was funny at the time.
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NBC coverage : what do people think ?

Post by Rod Swi » Fri, 07 Aug 1992 15:12:08

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>   Is this kind of superficial, soppy, over-glamorized coverage an
> ingenious way of ensuring high viewership?
>  Or, is the NBC stupidly insulting the American intellect by expecting
> them to fall for this kind of mushy melodramatic stuff ?  

Both?

Quote:
> Out of curiosity, what has the Australian (Channel 9 ?) and British
> (BBC / ITV ?) coverage been like ?

Seven Sport is providing IMHO, better coverage than Nine Network Australia
(Albertville, 1992 and Calgary, 1988) and TEN - The Entertainment Network
(Seoul, 1988).

It is a fair and unbiased coverage, giving coverage of all Australians
competing plus a VARIED and WIDE coverage of other nations' competitors...

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> Does anyone know of the kind of TV coverage and viewership in China

Some Chinese O/S's at Curtin have told me that the coverage in China is
(of course) biased and jingoistic to the point of propaganda.

But then, in the days of the Cold War and socialism in Eastern Europe, sport
was used in a similar political manner.

Not a flame -- just stating the obvious as told to me by some Chinese
citizens.

Rod
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Post by Hans Hutt » Sat, 08 Aug 1992 00:04:16


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> Anyway, I believe China's CCTV are expected to give a fair coverage of
> all the events depending how much they can afford. At least no
> complaint about CCTV yet--they are broadcasting to 12 BILLION people,
> BTW.

Yes, that is truly amazing, considering that it is about TWICE the
population of our planet!

:-)

Hans

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