Paralympic Shorts: It's officially the greatest Games ever
Friday 07 September 2012
It's easy to dismiss the suggestion that these are the most successful Paralympics ever as patriotic bluster, but Locog has the figures to prove it. Not only have the 2.7 million tickets sold beaten Beijing by 900,000, but the revenue generated has reached £45m, some £10m more than the expected total. Competitors have enjoyed full crowds, who took advantage of the "highly affordable" ticket prices. The Olympics, meanwhile, raised a mammoth £550m.
C4 misses the moment
Sarah Storey won her 11th Paralympics gold medal today, but you wouldn't have known it watching Channel 4. Though the broadcaster was able to stage an interview with the overjoyed cyclist – whose medal haul now equals that of wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson – no live coverage of her triumph was offered. Channel 4 said the Olympic Broadcasting Services doesn't provide live coverage from the Brands Hatch venue.
Hard to swallow...
Huge quantities of food are allegedly being thrown away every day. Whistleblowers at caterer Aramark claimed to the BBC they were being ordered to throw away some food immediately after it was cooked. Aramark has denied the allegations.
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