Live Olympics ac­tion the goal

Nine prom­ises to keep Games view­ers up to speed at all times, writes

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CHAN­NEL 9’s head of sport has promised a trans­par­ent Olympic Games cov­er­age – vow­ing that no events will be ‘‘banked’’ for later view­ing, and as many sport­ing mo­ments as pos­si­ble will be shown live.

Steve Craw­ley ad­mits, though, that since Nine is only tele­cast­ing on one chan­nel, it will be lo­gis­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble to show live ev­ery event with Aus­tralian par­tic­i­pa­tion. When events clash and a pro­gram­ming de­ci­sion has to be made, it will be based on the pop­u­lar­ity of a sport or rat­ings po­ten­tial, Craw­ley says, adding no event will be ‘‘banked’’ to show at a later time.

‘‘We will not be hold­ing vi­sion back and bank­ing it for hours later,’’ says Craw­ley.

‘‘We will be live at one thing and then get­ting to the other event as soon as we can. We will be say­ing things like ‘mo­ments ago or min­utes ago’ when we cross, so view­ers know what’s hap­pen­ing.’’

Four years ago, Chan­nel 7 came un­der fire from Olympic fans for its cov­er­age of the Bei­jing Games.

It was crit­i­cised for de­layed broad­casts, not enough live cov­er­age, too many ads and in­ter­rupt­ing cov­er­age for an AFL match.

In con­trast to Nine, Fox­tel has promised to use a ‘‘live’’ bug on screen dur­ing its Games cov­er­age, sim­i­lar to what it dis­plays The Chan­nel 9 team re­port­ing from the Olympics city, Mark Ni­cholas, Ken Sut­cliffe, Leila McKin­non and Cameron Wil­liams. dur­ing AFL and NRL matches. Craw­ley says Nine does not use the ‘‘live’’ bug on its reg­u­lar sport­ing events and is not go­ing to start now.

View­ers will be kept up to speed at all times by Nine’s nightly hosts – Karl Ste­fanovic and Ken Sut­cliffe – and de­lays be­tween sports will be an­nounced.

‘‘We are one chan­nel and we have the abil­ity – and this is what Fox can’t do – to go from one event to an­other,’’ Craw­ley says. ‘‘We can duck around from sport to sport and they (Fox) stay with the event from start to fin­ish.’’

Craw­ley says live events from Lon­don would start about 5.30pm each day. When the nightly news aired, view­ers could switch to dig­i­tal chan­nel Gem to continue watch­ing the Olympic ac­tion.

Nine, which is show­ing the Sum­mer Olympics for the first time, will also screen a high­lights pack­age, from the pre­vi­ous day’s events, on its 3D Olympic Trial Chan­nel 95, from 11am each day. Open­ing cer­e­mony, Satur­day, 5.30am, Nine, NBN, re­play 2pm; Daily ac­tion from about 5.30am, Nine, NBN and Fox­tel’s Lon­don 1-8. 9.20pm, SBS ONE

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