>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.
>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.