Olympic ‘live’ bug set for ac­tion

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sub­scribers will this year know for the first time if they are watch­ing an Olympic Games event live or on de­lay. Fox­tel direc­tor of sport and Olympics Peter Camp­bell says the net­work will be trans­par­ent with the Lon­don Games and anything on de­lay, no mat­ter how mi­nor, would not carry the ‘‘live bug’’ on screen. ‘‘If we are not live, we will not put the live bug up,’’ he says. ‘‘Even if an event is de­layed by 60 sec­onds it will not have the live bug.’’ Camp­bell says the ‘‘bug’’ would also point view­ers to other chan­nels when a medal was be­ing de­cided or an Aus­tralian was about to com­pete. ‘‘The idea for us is to try and point peo­ple to what is hap­pen­ing else­where be­cause there is so much choice.’’

Fox­tel will tele­cast more than 3000 hours of Olympics pro­gram­ming – about 1100 hours of live across eight chan­nels. Fox­tel’s Olympics tele­cast will start on July 25, a day be­fore the of­fi­cial start of the games, to in­clude live cov­er­age of 14 soc­cer matches that pre­cede the open­ing cer­e­mony.


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