London Olympics

Russell Howard has given his thoughts on what he believed to be a censorship from the BBC on comedy during the Olympics.

Howard told Digital Spy that he feels the broadcaster should have been gutsier and allowed comedians to make jokes about the games.

“I was quite upset really. There was no comedy on during the Olympics at all. None whatsoever,” he said.

“There’s too much money in it. The powers that be didn’t want people making jokes about the Olympics, it’s too important apparently. Continue reading »

12:50am Monday, September 10 on C4

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are over and now is the time for the city of London to celebrate those who took part. Jon Snow guides us through the live coverage of our greatest team parade, joined by Ade Adepitan and Giles Long. While out on the route, from Mansion House to Buckingham Palace, Clare Balding, Iwan Thomas and Rachael Latham hop on and off the 22 floats on which the triumphant athletes are travelling. More than one million people are expected to line the streets of the capital as the parade travels through. With commentary from Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Clare Balding has started an interesting debate on how The X Factor is seen in a new light following the success of the Olympics this summer.

The BBC presenter, who was widely praised for her presenting work during London 2012, said in a recent interview with Heat magazine that the games have made the new X Factor season look different.

I watched The X Factor last Saturday. It just felt different,” she said.

“After the Olympics, we now really admire real people, achieving things that have taken a lot of training and dedication, and some hint of sacrifice. Continue reading »

British Olympic hero Mo Farah has signed up to feature in the Virgin Media advertising campaign.

The 10,000m and 5,000m champion will join Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as promoters of the brand.

Farah will don the blond Richard Branson goatee in the print ad campaign.

“After delivering a stellar performance in the Olympic Games, Mo has found a special place in all of our hearts and is a fully-fledged national hero,” Jeff Dodds, executive director of brand and marketing communications at Virgin Media, said. Continue reading »

Ceremonies (opening and closing)

TV: Huw Edwards, Hazel Irvine, Trevor Nelson. Radio: John Murray.

Archery
TV: Eddie Butler, Liz Mynott.

Athletics
TV: Steve Cram, Paul Dickenson, Jonathan Edwards, Brendan Foster, Colin Jackson, Michael Johnson, Phil Jones, Denise Lewis, Steve Trew. Radio: Kriss Akabusi, Steve Backley, Darren Campbell, Mike Costello, Allison Curbishley, Sonja McLaughlan, Katharine Merry

Badminton
TV: Gail Emms, David Mercer.

Basketball
TV: John Amaechi, Mike Carlson. Radio: Fabulous Flournoy, Chris Mitchell.

Beach volleyball
TV: Matt Chilton, Ed Leigh.

Boxing
TV: Ron McIntosh, Jim Neilly, Lucy O’Connor, Richie Woodhall. Radio: Steve Bunce, Darren Fletcher.

Canoeing
TV: Andrew Cotter, Paul Dickenson, Helen Reeves. Radio: Alistair Bruce-Ball, Martin Cross, Anna Hemmings.

Cycling
TV: Chris Boardman, Jill Douglas, Ed Leigh, Hugh Porter, Jamie Staff. Radio: Simon Brotherton, Matt Dawson, Rob Hayles.

Diving
TV: Bob Ballard, Leon Taylor.

Equestrian
TV: Andy Austin, Judy Harvey, Ian Stark, Michael Tucker. Radio: Pippa Funnell, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, John Hunt.

Fencing
TV: Karim Bashir, Graham Bell.

Football
TV: Steve Bower, Mark Bright, Garth Crooks, Martin Fisher, Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, Alistair Mann, Guy Mowbray, Jacqui Oatley, Jonathan Pearce, Jo Potter, John Roder, Robbie Savage, Sue Smith, Lucy Ward, Faye White, Steve Wilson. Radio: Ian Dennis, Dion Dublin, Mike Ingham, John Murray, Jen O’Neill.

Gymnastics
TV: Matt Baker, Mitch Fenner, Christine Still. Radio: Craig Heap, Alison Mitchell.

Handball
TV: Paul Bray.

Hockey
TV: Mel Clewlow, Barry Davies, Sean Kerly. Radio: Mel Clewlow, Alistair Eykyn, Sean Kerly.

Judo
TV: Nicola Fairbrother, Nick Mullins.

Modern pentathlon
TV: Steph Cook, Eleanor Oldroyd. Radio: Pippa Funnell, Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes, John Hunt.

Rowing
TV: Garry Herbert, Sir Steve Redgrave, Daniel Topolski. Radio: James Cracknell, Martin Cross, Alan Green.

Sailing
TV: Leigh McMillan, Shirley Robertson, Richard Simmonds, Rob Walker. Radio: Juliette Ferrington, Pippa Wilson.

Shooting
TV: David Oates.

Swimming
TV: Sharron Davies, Mark Foster, Andy Jameson, Adrian Moorhouse. Radio: Bob Ballard, Steve Parry, Karen Pickering.

Synchronised swimming
TV: Andrea Holland, Eleanor Oldroyd.

Table tennis
TV: Ian Marshall, Matthew Syed.

Taekwondo
TV: John Cullen, Nick Mullins. Radio: Jonathan Overend.

Tennis
TV: Tracey Austin, Chris Bradnum, Andrew Castle, Andrew Cotter, Tim Henman, John Lloyd, Sam Smith, Virginia Wade. Radio: Iain Carter, Annabel Croft, Jonathan Overend.

Triathlon
TV: Matt Chilton, Steve Trew. Radio: Alistair Bruce-Ball, James Cracknell.

Volleyball
TV: Jonathan Legard.

Water polo
TV: Nigel Adderley, Lisa Knights.

Weightlifting
TV: Colin Bryce, Non Evans, Jim Neilly.

Wrestling
TV: Colin Bryce, Non Evans.

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