What a shame that the Beeb did not gain the coverage of this very worthy event. I've given up with Ch4, the ad breaks are far too many and far too long. They were able to run an all-night DJ party-type thing recently without a single addy break but this? It seems as though they are coming every five to eight minutes, it is so frustrating. They even regularly interrupted the opening ceremony which I think disgusting. Obviously those who are funding the station want to spread the word about their latest cars, TVs, energy supplies, insurance, toothpaste, beauty creams et al (because obviously none of us have heard of these wondrous products) but given the importance of this event wouldn't it be better to have 50 minutes of proper coverage then 10 minutes of ads?
No matter how you cut it or try to gloss over it once again the paralympics are presented as the 'poor relation' of the able-bodied type as the coverage is relegated to commercial TV coverage. In my view it's very close to an insult to those taking part. DD
Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben