BBC boss Mark Thompson defends Olympics coverage
Friday 10 August 2012
BBC boss Mark Thompson has defended the corporation's Olympics coverage after reports he ordered staff to stop “focusing” so much on Team GB's success.
An email sent to staff from director of news Helen Boaden is reported to have said Mr Thompson was "increasingly unhappy that we are focusing far too much on Team GB's performance to the exclusion of all else".
But corporation sources said the email misinterpreted earlier comments made by the director general at a meeting of BBC executives.
A BBC spokesman said: "We emphatically deny that the director-general has made any complaint about the nature of our news coverage of the Olympics and to suggest otherwise is mischievous and wrong. In a statement released yesterday Mark Thompson made his position perfectly clear."
Mr Thompson said: "I am as delighted as our audiences and the whole BBC team about the brilliant performance of Team GB - and it is quite wrong to suggest otherwise. The BBC has been right to focus on sporting achievements which the whole country has been celebrating and we will continue to do so with pride. We can do that while at the same time making sure that our news programmes fully reflect some of the other great sporting achievements and human stories of the London Games."
The Games have been a ratings winner for the corporation since they began, with a peak audience of 26.9 million tuning into the opening ceremony and 20 million people watching Usain Bolt win gold in the men's 100m final.
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Service Desk Analyst - Chessington, Surrey...
£Neg. (DOE) + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: A Finance Account Manager with...
£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established media firm based in Surrey is ...
£25,000 to £35,000: Sphere Digital Recruitment: The Company Our client are th...