Why I Love The Licence Fee*

The BBC will send 437 staff to Beijing, a level essential, it says, for extensive programming.

Might that not be more than the number of athletes we\’re sending?

 

*No, not really.

11 thoughts on “Why I Love The Licence Fee*”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    The next step is to check whether they are going Business or Economy.

    Australia sent its entire Olympic team to Athens in Economy. Except for the Officials from the Australian Olympic Committee. They went Business. I bet the BBC will send a good portion up front.

  2. It’s worth remembering that Beijin is 8:00 hours ahead of the UK. Presuming that the events are scheduled to begin late morning & finish early evening Beijin time. Say 11:00AM -7:00PM, that’ll give 3:00AM – 11:00AM in the UK. Hardly peak viewing hours unless you’re a complete sports fanatic.
    Essentially, most of the coverage that viewers will actually watch will be recorded high lights with the video feed provided by the games organisers. Even the interviews with the competitors will be coming out of the can because the entrants for the next day’s events are hardly likely to want to discuss their prospects at 4:00 in the morning or stay up till the same time to mourn their failure.
    About the only live TV we’re going to see is BBC staff interviewing each other in the small hours, probably on grossly inflated overtime rates.

  3. According to the official site, there will be 21,600 accredited media from around 140 media organisations at Beijing – that is about 1,500 per organisation. As the BBC figure includes technical staff not just media it would seem the BBC is under-staffed for this event.

  4. That should be ‘150 per organisation’ but still makes the point that the BBC is not over-staffed for this event when you consider their figure includes technical staff.

  5. On past form that will probably be about 10 staff for each medal we win. However as some of those will be events we won’t be able to watch in detail ie sailing, I supect it will be more like 20 staff for each medal.

  6. You’re right Tim. All you need is a webcam, a microphone and someone to talk into the microphone.

    Simple.

    Then just stick it all on YouTube.

    Cost to British taxpayer: minimal.

  7. According to the official site, there will be 21,600 accredited media from around 140 media organisations at Beijing – that is about 1,500 per organisation.

    I doubt many on here would deny that most other news organisations will be using the Olympics for a jolly as well. The objection to the BBC joining in on the fun is the manner in which the British television viewers are forced to pay for this jolly.

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