Wow! What a great Newshour Tuesday night! It was the old BCTV all over again … great, interesting opening stories … informative, amusing, and sprinkled throughout with those wonderful words that repeatedly brought a smile to my face: “officials refused our request for an interview”!
Yes!!! That usually means, for a journalist, that you are on to something!
Gone from the Newshour’s first package were those far-too-often Global BC and CTV police, fire or ambulance-chasing stories that lead me to click the remote. Instead, we had several of those old BCTV-style Olympic “exposee” reports that held me rivetted to the Newshour.
There was a hilarious piece of how spectators “lucky” enough to secure tickets to Cypress bowl snowboarding events will have to board buses for the events HOURS before the event … and then still hike up to TWO KILOMETRES from where the buses deposit them UPHILL to get to their seats. And then they may have to spend HOURS through the entire event event ( in the snow and freezing cold?) before they can get a bus out! After hiking another TWO KILOMETRES back to their assigned buses? Hilarious!
(And a follow up story possibility: what will happen to the elderly, physically handicapped or those just not fit enough to hike uphill in the freezing cold for two km?)
First aid and ambulances by the dozen had better be standing by! Better end the Paramedics dispute before those events!
This story was followed, perfectly, by another on the lap of luxury treatment that I-O-C delegates will meanwhile be enjoying … five star hotels and dining, cars and chauffeurs, floor to ceiling television sets in the suite of the Chairman, exclusive use of the Vancouver Club for the I-O-C and their guests.
And then, more BCTV-style revelations that the much-touted “Smoke Free” games will actually have several “puff” zones where the privileged WILL be able to smoke away to their lungs discontent in total contravention to Vanoc’s stated promises of smoke-free events and venues.
With “No Comment” from Vanoc. It was great! It was BCTV!
It was also wonderful to see their “police” orientated stories relegated to AFTER THE BREAK, even though they too were pretty captivating (literally) with superb video and engrossing story-telling.
It occurred to me: BCTV (Global BC) may be really on to something when it comes to the Olympic Games.
CTV, as host broadcaster, will have almost exclusive Canadian video coverage of Olympic events locked up as part of their BILLION $$$ spending. They say their news coverage will be independent … but I fear local editors and reporters will fall into line, pumping out all kinds of “glory” pieces about athletes, their families, fans and all the wonderful partying.
BCTV (Global BC) should therefore go for the “gory” side … hard looks at those stories that Vanoc press releases won’t tout: the behind the scenes realities; trials and tribulations faced by ordinary spectators; the disruptions to ordinary Vancouverites, commuters and businesses.
This, of course, does not mean ignoring the games themselves or the results: but I’d bet news watchers will tune in more to see what is REALLY going on in the city during the events than just watching hour-long sportscasts!
One of the joys of being retired (really, I am!) is that I will be able to watch many of the events live .. yes, on CTV … as they unfold.
But for “news” coverage, if Tuesday’s Newshour was a sign of what’s come, I’ll probably tune more to the station than does NOT have the Games .. than the one that does.