Olympic eventers let down by shortsighted BBC

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From: Claire Goodsell, Ingbirchworth, Penistone.

I WAS interested to read Tom Richmond’s recent views on the attitude of the BBC to sports coverage (Yorkshire Post, November 23).

I have similar views of the BBC regarding the Olympic equestrian coverage. As you will be aware, our equestrian teams performed a lot better than expected.

I contacted the BBC to ask when a DVD of the equestrian highlights would be available. Their response was unbelievable: the BBC had no plans to release equestrian highlights on DVD.

I also contacted Equestrian Vision, a company that produces and distributes DVDs etc of equestrian events. Apparently this company wanted to distribute DVDs of the Olympic equestrian success and had been trying for some time to get permission from the BBC

The BBC had sole rights to the Olympics. I find it hard to believe their contract with the Olympic committee did not include the requirement to distribute footage or grant permission to other organisations to produce DVDs.

Yet another example of the BBC’s malaise.

From: Hugh Rogers, Messingham Road, Ashby.

YOU report (Yorkshire Post, November 22) the BBC apology for Jeremy Paxman’s mistake on University Challenge.

This was presumably regarded as news because the BBC is not known for admitting its mistakes (as any edition of Points of View will amply demonstrate).

Recently, I had reason to complain about the BBC show Pointless which described the Sydney 2000 Olympics as “21st century” when of course the year 2000 belonged to the 20th century.

Needless to say, and much more typically BBC, I didn’t even get an acknowledgement, let alone an apology.