It’s this: A good number of the on-air people covering the Games for the CBC, TSN, NBC, BBC and other international broadcasters will not be in Beijing or anywhere near the Olympic city. They will call events off a monitor from their home studios.
The CBC’s play by play for women’s soccer is being handled by Nigel Reed and Jason De Vos. But they’re not in Beijing. They’re announcing the games from Toronto by watching the games off a TV monitor.
The other events that the CBC will announce from Toronto are sailing, equestrian, weight lifting and Taekwondo.
In some cases, there are logistical reasons for calling these sports from a studio, but mainly it’s a money saver. Joel Darling, the head of production for CBC Sports, said the fact the women’s soccer team will play games in four venues would have made travel difficult and expensive for a play by play team.
“There was the cost involved of moving (Reed and De Vos) around inside the country,” he said. “And there’s no point in sending them there and calling it off tube.”
Darling said the BBC announcers are calling the men’s soccer tournament off a monitor from London.
The CBC will use the BBC and TVNZ (New Zealand) feeds for men’s soccer — another money saver. NBC’s play by play teams for weightlifting, equestrian, softball, soccer, tennis, baseball, handball, table tennis, badminton, fencing, archery, shooting and field hockey will work out of New York.
This seems like a bad commercial for HD. I can understand why they are doing this but having your game announcers at home rather than around the team they are covering (in the case of women’s soccer), you do lose a lot in terms of coverage, conversations, and the athlete’s perspective. For me personally, it is just another way that this version of the games seems to be the worst in a long time.
We talk about how China’s human rights record, links to the genocide in Darfur, and Tibet hurt the reputation of the IOC. Doesn’t CBC being apart of the whole spectacle that is the Olympics hurt it’s reputation when covering Darfur or human rights issues? Same with all of the media outlets and Olympic sponsors actually. Doesn’t it say that we care about human rights unless there is a lot of money to be made. Back when the announcement was made it was said that the games would change China but in the end, it seems as if the IOC itself made the concessions.