The storm of criticism that’s followed in the wake of the 2018 Commonwealth Games shows no signs of abating, as English commentators weigh in to condemn the Australian broadcast of the 11-day event.
British journalist Rick Broadbent leveled a scathing critique of Channel Seven’s coverage, claiming that Australia’s ‘jingoism and hollering… drowned out the many pluses’ of the Gold Coast games.
‘Enduring memories… will be tainted by the rampant jingoism of the host broadcasters and an unbridled desire to thrash everybody out of sight,’ wrote Broadbent in an article published in The Times.
A British journalist has critiqued Australia’s broadcast of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, claiming it was tainted by ‘the rampant jingoism of the host broadcasters’
Channel Seven’s broadcast involved constant cutaways to the medal tally and broadcasters cockily gloating about Australia’s convincing lead
The ‘rampant jingoism’ he refers to likely involves Channel Seven’s constant cutaways to the medal tally and broadcasters cockily gloating about Australia’s convincing lead, News.com.au reports
Not without the numbers to back it up, however.
At one point Sunrise co-host David Koch made a point of adding up all the medals the combined nations of the United Kingdom had won, before comparing it to Australia’s tally.
During the Games, David Koch (pictured) made a point of poking fun at England and their comparatively low medal tally
‘I am feeling a bit sorry for the English,’ he said. ‘[So] What I thought I would do is go back to the old Great Britain, bring in Scotland and Wales to boost their confidence.
‘Their total medals is just 125… you are still not as good. In total Great Britain has 65 million people.
‘I just thought I would do that calculation.’
England ultimately finished the Games with a total of 136 medals, while Australia finished with 198.
England ultimately finished the Games with a total of 136 medals, while Australia finished with 198
But Broadbent panned Australian broadcasters as being conceited and smug, and claimed their hubris was disproportionate to the significance of the Games.
‘Most countries have treated this fortnight as a Commonwealth Games but Channel Seven thinks it is an Olympics with bells on,’ he said.
‘Turn down the jingoism Australia, this wasn’t the Olympics (or even close).’
As an example of the nation’s overblown competitiveness, Broadbent cited the moment Australian marathon runner Michael Shelley ran past his collapsed Scottish competitor, Callum Hawkins, to claim the gold medal.
‘You can’t really blame him, and Robbie Simpson, another Scot, kept on running too,’ Broadbent wrote. ‘But it would have been the moment.’