sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Channel 7’s Olympic coverage

Channel 7’s Olympic coverage

Now the Games are over and those of you who are sailors must be wondering if sailing is an Olympic sport?

You would not know it from Channel 7’s coverage. Actually, there are a few sports that got 10 seconds or no airtime at all.

In fact, had it not been for Colin Beashel carrying the Australian flag at the Opening Ceremony and for Bob Ross on the spot in Athens we would have seen and heard next to nothing out of Athens in regards our sailors.

SBS showed a few seconds here and there, Seven, to my knowledge, showed sailing for a blinding 5 seconds twice and actually talked quickly about one or two sailors but showed the wrong boats!

Channel 7 bid and won the right to the Olympic coverage in Australia.

What we actually got amounted to a handful of sports – swimming featured even after it finished and I am still confused about how many medals some of the swimmers won, because even three days after winning a particular medal, they were still showing those same finishes and award ceremonies, to the detriment of other sports.

From what I saw and from what others told me, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Cycling, Diving, Rowing, Kayaking, Athletics and Shooting got a good run, some of those only because they got to medal stage.

OF COURSE THE WOMENS BEACH VOLLEYBALL got a huge run, mostly because of the lack of clothing the women wear. The Mens certainly did not get the same air time.

We know now that Channel 7 did not have any close up coverage AT ALL of the sailing.

On the Roy and HG show (also Channel 7) for instance, Lars Kleppich rated a mention just about every night and even made the top five (in the No. 4 spot) of the most mentioned people during the Olympic Games. Sarah Blanck too, came up for mention in the tribute to those who finished fourth overall in the respective sports at the Games.

In every case barring the sailors, footage of those athletes mentioned was screened as they were talked about.

Even Lars Kleppich’s mum asked Roy and HG to provide a picture if they were going to talk about him so much. The best they could come up with was a tiny pic that looked like it had come from a newspaper article – it was so small, it was hard to tell where it came from and you could not see it was him at all.

There are only two solutions to this problem, the way I see it;

1. As many of you as possible need to complain loudly to Channel 7

2. Both women and male sailors need to look at their sailing attire and take as much of it off as possible – all of it, if that is what it takes to get us some airplay

For the huge presenting cast Channel 7 took to Athens and for the amount of money it must have cost them, they should be ashamed of the job they did.

Get on the phone, email or fax now to Channel 7 AND COMPLAIN LOUDLY.




by Di Pearson

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=14790

10:10 PM Thu 2 Sep 2004 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2004 Olympics Athens

Related News Stories:

04 Nov 2004  Athens shares Olympic lessons
29 Oct 2004  Voting closed for ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
02 Oct 2004  Yachting Australia High Performance review
16 Sep 2004  The President speaks - Olympics and no throw out
08 Sep 2004  ISAF official Olympic film
07 Sep 2004  First Rankings Of The New Olympiad Released
06 Sep 2004  Channel 7’s lack of Olympic sailing coverage
06 Sep 2004  The 2004 Olympic Games – the Forbes perspective
05 Sep 2004  Aussie Olympic dreams shattered
03 Sep 2004  China venue threatens to take wind out of Olympic sails
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World







International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA
























Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek by Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014,








2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Medals decided in thrilling Tavira conclusion   
7th Annual Swim for Cystic Fibrosis to take place July 21st   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Max Ranchi   
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Day 2 - It just keeps getting better   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT