Paralympics 2010 Opening Ceremonies Not Broadcast Live Angers IPC
The President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is Angry at CTV for Not Broadcasting the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies Live Across Canada
The Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympic Games on February 12th were broadcast live across the CTV network for all to watch, but the Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games were not given the same importance according to Sir Phillip Craven, President of the IPC.
CTV did not broadcast the Opening Ceremonies live on their network; they did on their local Vancouver channel, but not all across Canada.
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Instead CTV will broadcast the Opening Ceremonies starting at 1:30pm EST on Saturday March 13 and NBC, the other rights holder to the Olympic Games, will show highlights from the Ceremonies starting at 1pm EST on Saturday March 13.
Sir Phillip Craven told The Globe and Mail that not to broadcast the ceremony live was against the games' message of equality for everyone.
“It absolutely smacks in the face of one of our four values, which is equality,” Sir Philip Craven said in an interview. “So, when I heard this, I was not very happy about it, at all.”
He went on to say:
“I think they're really missing out, not getting it to the rest of the country. These are Canada's Games, and they should be all over the country.”
CTV did respond to the claims saying that they were providing more coverage of the Paralympic Games than any other rights holder in Paralympic history, as they will have 57 hours in both English and French. Most of the coverage will be packaged highlights coverage and some live coverage of Sledge Hockey, which is the most popular.
“It would be erroneous to compare coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games to coverage of the 2010 Olympic Games,” the CTV statement said.
Fans were not happy however that the Opening Ceremonies couldn't be seen all across Canada. What do you think?