More BBC staff than athletes for Olympics
Wednesday 25 April 2012
The BBC has accredited 765 staff to cover the Olympics - meaning the corporation will outnumber the athletes expected to make up Team GB
The BBC's director of London 2012 Roger Mosey said staff numbers had increased from the 493 that worked on the Beijing games.
The number of athletes selected for Team GB has not been announced yet but is expected to be around 550.
Writing on his BBC blog, Mr Mosey said the increase was "inevitable" given the "massive increase in output - with four times as many TV channels and an extra radio station compared with Beijing, and double the overall number of hours" and the "predicted greater level of interest" in the event.
He said the BBC's coverage will include 24 digital channels covering different sports and reports on the build-up to the games and issues including security.
Mr Mosey said: "Big events require significant staffing levels.
"Our American colleagues at NBC have used over 2,800 staff at previous Olympics, while The Times reported that there were 380 staff working on Sky Sports' excellent host-broadcasting operation for last year's Champions League final at Wembley."
He said comparing BBC staffing levels with the number of athletes in team GB was a "very strange argument", adding: "We have to cover all the nations taking part in the Olympics; and our teams are driven by the scale of the overall coverage, not the number of British athletes competing."
Mr Mosey added that just under a quarter of staff would travel from BBC Sport's new base in Salford and said "many will be put up in low-cost student-type accommodation" if they stay overnight.
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
- 1 Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Gregg Wallace joins line-up as final celebrities revealed
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 4 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 5 George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
- < Previous
- Next >
£20000 - £45000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Key featuresA highly motivated ...
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel you sales role is li...
£85000 - £100000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Marketing - Slough, Berkshi...
£18 - 20k + Bonus: Guru Careers: An Administration Assistant / Office Assistan...