Newspaper commentary on NBC coverage

Newspaper commentary on NBC coverage

Post by Mike Jens » Fri, 26 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Canadian newspaper commentary about our own CBC (containing our own
bias no doubt) contained some info on NBC coverage of the Olympics.

Highlights of:
CBC WINS GOLD MEDAL FOR OLYMPICS COVERAGE
[Channel Surfing - Greg Quill]

"And CBC's commentaries, without ever being overblown, somehow resound
with the joy of international comradeship.  NBC has its own vignettes,
just as revealing in ways, but draped in the Stars And Stripes, and
always with a rah-rah edge."

"NBC, which paid $456 million for U.S. rights and has 2,500 staffers in
Atlanta, is making a half-hearted attempt to acknowledge the presence
of contenders from other countries. But I've yet to see or hear more
than a sketch profile of a foreign athlete, unless he or she is a
threat to the U.S. In many cases, unless an American athlete is
competing, NBC commentators don't mention competition results at all."

"In the first few days, even its pictures and the placement of its own
camera crews was superior to NBC's. CBC was right on top of Friday
night's multitude of events, with well-informed commentators explaining
some often pretty dense routines, while NBC's crews lagged behind. NBC
commentators seemed occasionally confused about what was happening
next."

"CBC, for a fraction of a fraction of the money NBC put up for the
Games, is airing 245 hours of live Olympics coverage. NBC, which is
running regularly scheduled programming most afternoons, is delivering
only 150 hours to its viewers."

Quoted contents copyright ? 1996, The Toronto Star

 
 
 

Newspaper commentary on NBC coverage

Post by Jack Hera » Sun, 28 Jul 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>[ Article crossposted from rec.sport.olympics ]
>[ Author was Mike Jensen ]
>[ Posted on Thu, 25 Jul 1996 07:28:58 GMT ]

>Canadian newspaper commentary about our own CBC (containing our own
>bias no doubt) contained some info on NBC coverage of the Olympics.

>Highlights of:
>CBC WINS GOLD MEDAL FOR OLYMPICS COVERAGE
>[Channel Surfing - Greg Quill]

>"And CBC's commentaries, without ever being overblown, somehow resound
>with the joy of international comradeship.  NBC has its own vignettes,
>just as revealing in ways, but draped in the Stars And Stripes, and
>always with a rah-rah edge."

>"NBC, which paid $456 million for U.S. rights and has 2,500 staffers in
>Atlanta, is making a half-hearted attempt to acknowledge the presence
>of contenders from other countries. But I've yet to see or hear more
>than a sketch profile of a foreign athlete, unless he or she is a
>threat to the U.S. In many cases, unless an American athlete is
>competing, NBC commentators don't mention competition results at all."

>"In the first few days, even its pictures and the placement of its own
>camera crews was superior to NBC's. CBC was right on top of Friday
>night's multitude of events, with well-informed commentators explaining
>some often pretty dense routines, while NBC's crews lagged behind. NBC
>commentators seemed occasionally confused about what was happening
>next."

>"CBC, for a fraction of a fraction of the money NBC put up for the
>Games, is airing 245 hours of live Olympics coverage. NBC, which is
>running regularly scheduled programming most afternoons, is delivering
>only 150 hours to its viewers.

>Quoted contents copyright ? 1996, The Toronto Star

How *do* those Star reporters write newpaper articles while patting
themselves on the back.

Looking forward to hockey commentary from Don Cherry in Nagano in '98
..  .  .
--
Jack Heraty