BBC defends ‘shambolic’ Olympics coverage again after more complaints about schedule

Viewers have criticsed the BBC’s Olympics voerage (Picture: Getty)

The BBC has been forced once again to defend its coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics following a flurry of complaints.

After releasing a statement addressing its lack of output earlier in the week, the corporation has spoken out once again, stressing that it ‘might need to jump in and out of sports to ensure we bring as many of the big moments as possible’.

It comes as viewers have slated the choice of sporting fixtures, with one writing: ‘The BBC’s coverage of the Olympics is pretty shambolic at times, I find myself constantly chasing what I’m watching. It’s all over the place.’

Echoing a similar sentiment, another slammed: ‘What on earth is the BBC playing at? Showing dressage and golf as their two sports, while athletics and canoeing are on at the same time.

‘Their heads have gone and they really have lost a lot of respect for their awful coverage options this.’

As announced in February 2017, the BBC’s coverage of the Olympic games has changed, the BBC said.

The Beeb’s output has been scaled back this year (Picture: BBC)

‘A network channel alongside a live stream on BBC iPlayer offers live coverage and highlights – so throughout each day of the Games, this global sporting event is brought to the widest possible audience,’ a statement read.

‘Alongside this, there is extensive coverage on radio and digital channels providing a comprehensive mix of live and on-demand action for fans. All the biggest moments, including major medal wins are available to watch again on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.’

BBC’s coverage of the golf at the Olympics is awful.

— Callum Pendry (@CallumThomson2) July 30, 2021

Is it me, or it the @BBCOne not showing much live olympics, it all just seems to be replays of previous stuff and the coverage is normally brilliant, but it just feels like a highlights show #bbc #olympics

— 🟣Simon Dyer🟣 (@simondyer10) July 30, 2021

The BBC’s coverage of the Olympics is pretty shambolic at times, I find myself constantly chasing what I’m watching. Its all over the place. #RugbySeverns

— Barney (@barneyrubbleuk) July 30, 2021

BBC coverage of the Olympics this year is messed up

— Mikez 🇯🇲 (@MikezAFC_) July 30, 2021

What on earth is the BBC playing at? Showing dressage and golf as their two sports, while athletics and canoeing are on at the same time. Their heads have gone and they really have lost a lot of respect for their awful coverage options this #Olympics

— Sam Shethran (@ShethranS) July 30, 2021

Really disappointed with the BBC’s cut down, partial and skimpy Olympic coverage. Not blaming them as I think it is probably all to do with commercial deals on broadcasting rights but it really is a pale imitation of the coverage of previous Olympiads. So sad.

— Peter John “Rufus” Roffey (@PeterRoffey5) July 29, 2021

It continued: ‘As the BBC is no longer able to offer live streams of every sport we often have to make difficult decisions about which sports to show live and which to show on delay.

‘Priorities may shift as live events unfold, and so, while we will do all we can to keep all viewers happy, we might need to jump in and out of sports to ensure we bring as many of the big moments as possible.’

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On Monday, the BBC apologised after the live feed of the gymnastics cut out.

Former Team GB gymnast Craig Heap and former The One Show host Matt Baker were commentating on the men’s gymnastics team final, with the broadcast coming live from the Ariake Centre in Tokyo. 

Unfortunately, Craig and Matt were hit with a slew of technical difficulties that saw the feed repeatedly losing the signal.

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