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Happy with todays coverage. With the exception of the late nights - I really hope that the live coverage caught the interest of a few non cyclists, pretty good racing on both days.
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Being on a commercial station I did expect commentary to be simplified or "dumbed down" to some extent. That way they can get those who aren't cycling aficionados in to the sport without being overwhelmed with terms and words that they don't come across in afl or nrl!
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I did time the ads and it came to 3 1/2mins FYI
Other then that it wasn't to bad, it was good to have the last 2 stages shown live from start to finish but that's more down to the short stages?
Hope Robbie is there next year but please Tim Gilby is bloody hopeless at calling anything and should just go away
FWIW I heard a radio report that Channel 9 lost $25 million on the Olympics in London and the new management has told them not to bid for 2016
Maybe that is why they are taking an interest in cycling.
FWIW I think you're misattributing cause and effect aka "it's a coincidence dude". Decisions RE TDU cycling coverage would have been made long before 9 knew if their Olympics rights would be profitable.
If anything it just says the broadcast rights for the Olympics are over priced.
Cycling is TINY biscuits for the TV networks. It's just filler. Joe "I'm the vast majority" Average is not interested in it.
It occurred to me at the weekend that, with Saturday's offical crowd figure at 125,000 and probably the same or more for Sunday (and not even calculating the previous four days)the TDU got more punter interest than the Clipsal 500, opening round of the V8 Supercar Series.
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I occurred to me that if you charged $100+ to attend the TDU attendance figures would be way (way, way, way, way) down on Clipsal.
If you could get TV viewership numbers, that would be a fair 'apples for apples' comparison.
The only difference would be a loss of Tomilaris, Tan and Gabriel Gate. Everything else would be the same feed that viewers the rest of the world over would get.
In longer stage and one day races, it is very rare for complete stage coverage. Rather, coverage is timed to begin so the total coverage goes for a few hours. Race starts are usually scheduled so that the finish is roughly at the same time of day, to suit home country TV networks programming schedules. Pro bike racing is gradually developing its TV packaging - it gets a little better each year but there is still some way to go.
Gilbert was never on air to call the race. Only for pre- and post-race commentary. Same as SBS with Tomilaris et al.
Gilbert was never on air to call the race. Only for pre- and post-race commentary. Same as SBS with Tomilaris et al.[/quote]
I do know that , but the limited time that he had on air was bad enough tbh.
He could of been a touch more professional and did some research on what to talk about, not just sit/stand there talking crap and making a joke of himself
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