The BBC has defended its current proposals for coverage of the upcoming Olympic Games in London.
There will be 33 hours a day of live coverage across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three with an addition of 24 HD channels for every venue and continuing coverage across radio and other platforms. BBC’s Director of London 2012, Roger Mosey has said that with the increase in coverage means an increase in staff numbers.
“Our BBC accredited staff numbers for London 2012 will be 765 – an increase compared with the 493 we had in Beijing, of whom 437 were flown from London to China….providing 24 digital channels means that we need extra commentators and pundits. Otherwise there’d be nobody to explain what’s going on at 26 different sports.” – Mosey
He went on to say that a lot of the staff will be based in London already but some will be travelling from various parts of the country. A number of BBC News staff, already operation in London, will be covering the games.
“For those who do travel down, there will be overnight stays; but we’ve always been clear that almost all of them would have qualified for it anyway given the need to start early, finish late and get to venues on time – and many will be put up in low-cost student-type accommodation.” – Mosey added on his blog today