Armando Iannucci's Bafta lecture 2012
- In which the creator of The Thick Of It
argues that the BBC should be more aggressive
, fight back against critics in the press and goverment
, be more like HBO than committee-driven American network TV, and that if as James Murdoch says the only reliable, durable guarantor of independence is profit then the only guarantor of profit is independance.
NBC is being heavily
criticized for its handling so far of the 2012 Summer Olympics. From delaying the broadcast of the opening ceremonies by four hours (and then having to endure terrible commentary
) while the rest of world watched live, to cutting out a tribute to terror victims everywhere to not showing
Michael Phelps' first medal attempt live (and then spoiling it on a news broadcast before the race actually aired). This is in addition to online viewers not being able to access
live video online unless they have a cable subscription as well as problems with the actual stream
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NBC announces "that if things go well at the Salt Lake City Olympics, then these could be America's 'healing Games.' Plus, NBC stands to make a lot of money."
"The Olympics isn't so much a sporting event as it is an unfolding drama."
Not content with denying American viewers
the chance to watch the Sydney games in real time during the infomercial hours, NBC now plans to show events from Salt Lake City on a tape delay
to viewers on the west coast, in order to reach a prime-time audience. A sign that they're more interested in the ad revenue (or in shaping the Games to their own melodramatic style guide
) than in being a broadcaster of record?