It seems that the BBC has decided that the dumbed down Jubilee coverage was a template, not an aberration!

The BBC faced a fresh barrage of criticism yesterday following Trevor Nelson’s “terrible” commentary during the Olympics’ opening ceremony. The backlash comes a month after DJ Fearne Cotton received thousands of complaints for her coverage at the Diamond Jubilee. The Corporation had at least 50 complaints about DJ Nelson. As sports presenter Hazel Irvine and newsreader Huw Edwards provided much of the factual information during the athletes’ parade, Nelson, 48, was criticised for his “useless” input.

I spotted well know Sports expert Will Young providing insight yesterday. Think I better leave right now…

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  1. John Anderson says:

    I heard Tim Franks described as a Sports Correspondent.

    Is that the same Tim Franks who always sounded pro-Palestinian ?

    The BBC seems to believe in the old concept of the “gifted amateur”


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      The very same. He left his thankless job as BBC useful Jew to pursue his lifelong dream of being a sports correspondent.


  2. An Interested Reader says:

    If their talents as an amateur include right-on leftist thinking Al JaBeeBa are only too happy to oblige them.


  3. It's all too much says:

    Here is the reason he is given by the BBC for using him (and threatening to use im again) despite his being patently unqulified for the job.

    “The BBC said the broadcaster had “expertise in music and culture, he’s from Hackney and he’s seen the transformation in east London for the Olympics”

    yes but he is incoherent and ill informed, two fairly fundamental demerit points against him; guess understanding ‘culture’ and bing from somewhere trumphs that. Perhaps the BBc should remember that there are 60 million people in the country who do not come from the urban scene in Hackney.

    BTW, he was the one that gave the immortal BBC cri-de-cour, “That’s my kind of history lesson” during the opening ‘ceremony’.


    • Ian Hills says:

      Even the Windrush-idolising left can’t stick him –

      “His commentary of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony was widely criticised in the media and on social networks, due to its utter banality.”

      And this is wikipedia – the same outfit that describes the “Zimbabwe” Arab slave trading fort ruins as evidence of black civilisation.

      As if gangsta rap outclasses Beethoven.


  4. Davieboy says:

    I must say that whilst watching the coverage I thought all of his comments were jarring and inane.


  5. wayne x says:

    I fink he wus de raht bloke to use init – ‘at is cus I fort nubudy else wus kwalified to do it proper like he did yeer – an not ony vat but he is ma bruver so a speek … we a vu bbc is tryin to get everi budy to speek proper init an awl u can do is cwiticize – I fink yo lot is waycist.


  6. Buggy says:

    Why have we got Gary (Footie and golf) Lineker fronting the evening prog instead of the divine and knowledgable Hazel ? Poor Ian Thrope looked like a man in a hostage situation last night.


    • uncle bup says:

      It’s all part of the BBC’s alice-thru-the-looking-glass way of doing things.

      Pay him two mill a year and then think to themselves,

      ‘we better give him lots of stuff to do so the salary looks quote unquote sensible’


  7. I watched the entire broadcast with an open mouth!, the commentators spoke when they should not have, and when they really needed to speak to explain what on earth we were watching they said nothing.

    Mr Nelson main contribution seemed to be advising what his favourite national outfit was, whilst Mrs Irvine spent her time explaining which dastardly countries main export was Oil!, as for Huw he sounded like he wanted to be elsewhere for the entire boradcast.

    I imagine that much of the spectacle was designed for people from the UK, however I could not understand the lengthy segment regarding the NHS?, why was the NHS given such prominence over much more worthy British entities?, I must say that I was under the impression that the UK was 80% white rather than the 50 / 50 split of White and Black people that were used throughout the spectacle.

    Loved the Rowan Atkinson, James Bond, Corgis, the Queen and the magnificent Cauldron towards the end.

    Hated the commentators, dodgy camera work, overly complex storyline ( I eventually had to turn on my other TV to get the Dutch broadcaster explaining what was going on) and the strange choice of British musicians.

    I should also say that my wife was full of praise for the volunteers who spent so many hours banging on their drums!.

    Overall I think the show was worth watching, overtly political, lacking in sporting references, and I would give it 8 / 10, which to be fair is 7 marks higher than the bloody awful Jubilee coverage.


    • Buggy says:

      Huw Edwards outed Laos as “the poorest country in South East Asia.”

      Welcome Laotians ! I’m sure you’re thrilled to have that pointed out.


      • #88 says:

        The were several nations to which he applied the ‘poorest’ epithet.
        The strangest thing was, all of them had ‘Peoples Republic of……………’ in their name!


  8. Umbongo says:

    This is nothing! The BBC had the nerve to bring on world famous red fascist and anti-Israel zealot musicologist Ken Loach to comment on nos 5 and 6 of the cycle of Beethoven symphonies played by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The music was superb, Suzy Klein was charming, Ken was loathsome.
    To have this creep given airtime during an occasion and performance dedicated (more or less) to peace and co-habitation in the Middle East, achieved a new low for BBC “gold” standard impartiality.


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      These political orchestra moves never achieve anything other than giving the bien pensants continuous opportunities to pat themselves on the back for holding the approved thoughts. Has Barenboim achieved a single bit of peace progress over the years he’s being doing this? No. Did the NY Philharmonic achieve anything when they did that highly publicized and celebrated “tour” of Pyongyang? No.

      Mini-rant ends. I didn’t hear this particular broadcast, but I did listen to their first two and have heard them several times before. It’s an okay band, improved over the years, but Barenboim this time is leading them in some overly-mannered interpretations. Can’t say I’ve enjoyed it much. B6 is a personal favorite, so I might have to check it out anyway.


      • Umbongo says:

        Well, the general performance of the orchestra is something else again although I had no problems with the Beethoven pieces (although your criticism echoes that of the Telegraph – maybe Times? – critic. My argument with Barenboim on this occasion was his insistence on performing pieces by Boulez to “spice up” the concerts. Once again we have a demonstration of the tailoring of Hans Andersen’s emperor and the vacuity of overpraised works of modern “genius”.
        On the politics point, although I suspect that Barenboim was probably (and willingly) suckered into the creation of the orchestra by the wily charlatan Said, this is a relatively harmless example of the belief that all you need to solve an intractable problem is for “all people of goodwill” to get together. From my humble perspective – and to state the almost obvious – there’d be little need for the existence of the orchestra if the Arab world was willing to allow the existence of Israel.
        Unfortunately, the “moderates” of the Arab and Moslem worlds who might be willing to concede this are few to non-existent. Barenboim is deluded if he considers that there is any political, religious or intellectual appetite in the Ummah (let alone “Palestine”) for a rapprochement with Israel. One person who certainly is not in favour of such a rapprochement is Ken Loach, hence his gratuitous appearance on this occasion at the invitation of the BBC.


        • John Anderson says:

          And how many times has the “Peace” orchestra been invited to play in Cairo, or Damascus, or Saudi, or anywhere in the Religion of Peace’s Middle East ? And what sort of welcome would they get ?

          More to the point – would the Jewish members of the orchestra even be allowed in to those capitals ?

          (Said was a smooth-talking fraud – just like Tariq Ramadan)


  9. DavidLamb says:

    Looking at the happy and proud faces of the athletes in the parade I was quite moved to think of the reward they were rightfully receiving for their achievements. This was offset by commentator’s banal political input, such as: ‘this is one of the poorest countries in Africa’ , or ‘they have just experienced civil war’. And other patronising comments of the sort you would anticipate at a leftist dinner party.


  10. Glen Slagg says:

    The saintly Huw had the good sense to remain silent for most of the broadcast but he did take the trouble to point out that the industrial revolution “disfigured towns”. Presumably, up to that point in history, everyone was living in rural bliss – with poverty, starvation and deadly disease unheard of. Then the evil capitalists turned up with their CO2 belching chimneys.


    • LondonCalling says:

      Without the Industrial revolution there would be no invention of Television, and as a result, the BBC would not exist… hang, on, it’s all beginning to make a sort of sense now…


  11. Jim Dandy says:

    False outrage. The opening ceremony received almost universal praise and the BBC’s coverage of it was good. Nelson was a bit duff, but didn’t detract from the overall quality.

    Take a look at #NBCfail to see what a barrage looks like.

    Coverage of the sport is pretty good so far. Cycling yesterday was poor though.


    • It's all too much says:

      I do not think the near universaility extends to this site. Personally I saw an overtly politicised statement very much in the vein of Blairs’ “Cool Britannia” initative. I hated it, It was a ghastly farrago


    • wayne x says:

      Hello Jim,
      When you live in a world where the BBC has a monopoly and no other channel has an opportunity to show an alternative, as we did with the Jubilee pageant where Sky was universally praised as being better, then it was wonderful. I note our friends around the world were however a tad bemused by the socialist bent on the proceedings. We folks under the thumb of the socialist monster of course know better.

      I also agree with you and the rest of the country who thought that “Nelson was a bit naff”. This is of course forgivable as the BBC is after all only an organisation with a budget of billions showing the Olympic Opening Ceremony in its home country not a back street shanty town radio set up in a third world country, but it does try hard and succeeds wonderfully at trying to be the latter.


    • Mat says:

      received almost universal praise ?? really and can you qualify that statement with universal links to the universal joy and praise that you know is there?
      If not then I can assume you are just a bigot by dismissing the millions who didn’t watch won’t watch and are getting truly fed up with being told we have to or we as one Grundy hack put ‘extremists’!


    • Deborah says:

      ‘Nelson – a bit duff’? He made Fearne Cotton seem informed. I did not need to know that his cousin appeared in the opening ceremony and asking Huw and Hazel if they had HD is not good commentating. I can only presume each of them had to prepare their own facts and figures and Nelson either could not be bothered or didn’t know where to start.


    • Andy S. says:

      Jim,it depends which media organisations and websites you’ve consulted. I think our MSM has made the decision to be “patriotic” and praise the ceremony despite any reservations they may have had. It’s pretty obvious that papers such as The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, etc have suppressed negative posts in their relevant comment sections.

      All the glowing praise has come from the Left, no criticism whatsoever. Billy Bragg, Penny “Dreadful”, Sarah Brown, Lee Jasper, Ed Balls, Andy “red nose” Burnham and a host of other lefties have tweeted praise for the opening ceremony’s political bent.

      Many other websites, both British and foreign, however, have ranged from utter bewilderment at the content to outright condemnation of the use of the opening ceremony as political propaganda at a sporting event. Some Commentators have raised the ghost of Leni Riefenstahl when referring to Danny Boyle.

      The self appointed media opinon makers, chattering classes, Islington limousine liberals and Notting Hill set may have shouted praise but, believe me, it’s FAR from universal.

      Oh, before you try to divert the main thrust of my argument by mentioning Cameron and Boris Johnson as praising the ceremony, I don’t class them as Conservatives. Cameron past actions in government has shown him to be more at home with the LibDems and Johnson seems to have turned native with the progressive Metropolitan chattering classes with his push for a total amnesty for illegal immigrants and his desire for Turkey to join a bankrupt E.U.


  12. Glen Slagg says:

    To give Nelson credit, though, I believe that it was he, not Edwards, that mentioned the Munich massacre. Full points for that.


    • It's all too much says:

      I am sure that it was Huw, he made quite a point of flagging it when the Israeli team came on


      • Deborah says:

        It was definitely Huw – I was waiting to hear if the beeboids could bring themselves to say the name of the capital and felt that at least an acknowledgement of the Munich massacre (by people belonging the Religion of Peace although Huw did not mention that) was a step in the right direction.


  13. Alex says:

    But Mr Vance, surely you know by now that the BBC employ people on the basis of their ethnicity not merit.


    • Ian Hills says:

      Too true. Oxbridge establishment types like Paxman are acceptable, to fulfil the Norman nobility quota. But the Anglo-Saxon peasantry are only fit to join ye BNP.


  14. Dave says:

    I was fortunate to watch the opening ceremony on Eurosport UK which had the same pictures but informative commentary. Did turn over once to BBC to hear some Scottish female wittering on about something but soon turned back. They do seem to love the sound of their own voices and interviewing each other to ensure they stay “on message”. BBC have since taken up the “scandal” of empty seats and conveniently found a family in the Olympic park to agree with the question “If you could queue for 30 mins and get tickets for seats left would you be happy?”


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  16. Reed says:

    This is the problem with ALL BBC coverage of events like this – the presenters seem incapable of shutting up and letting the pictures tell the story. It’s as if they need to hold our hands and walk us through like children.

    We’re not the only ones to find this annoying – someone performed a quick edit of Mr. Nelson’s wiki page…

    …also, is being an obnoxious dullard a prerequisite for BBC DJs…

    “Dear anyone who is moaning about this, Please fuck off, forever. Love, Lauren x ”

    …and Universal Shami not meeting eveyone’s approval…

    “If you were doing a piss-take of a lefty wet dream Olympics ceremony you’d have Shami C. In no other context would you even conceive it. ”


    • Sir Arthur Strebe-Grebling says:

      We all know why Nelson was there.
      The one line “That’s my kind of history lesson”.


  17. Leftie-Loather says:

    I said to the missus I wish dismal dj and black-biased everything nobody-Nelson would just STFU!! and that there’d be complaints made about his annoying waffling interuptions of crap.


  18. PhilO'TheWisp says:

    I pressed the red button on the television, selected “No commentary version” and watched it without any banal interruption from the BBBC’s overpaid overexposed and underinformed people. Try it yourselves at the closing ceremony. It will be sheer bliss I assure you all!


  19. fitzfitz says:

    The opening pageant was not so much leftist as feminised – the foregrounded content was utterly feminised in sensibility from multi cult to health care to the petals of the cauldron . Unbalanced .


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