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