The most boring Commonwealth Games coverage ever 259

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I love watching our nation win gold as much as the rest of the country.  But this year it seems there is more people on the TV screen in panel format talking about nothing in particular than there is actual sports coverage.

Since when did the coverage of The Commonwealth Games become a panel of people talking “about” what sporting people might do in the coming night, and not footage of the sports people doing it, even if it is replays.  The time zone of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games is clearly making it difficult for Australian TV to provide meaningful coverage during the evening hours but I think they have got it wrong and wonder if you agree with me.

For those of us who work during the day and can’t watch replays on TV from the night before, the evenings is when we are looking forward to seeing sports highlights and feeling the joy from our nation’s medal haul.  This year I simply can’t seem to get into it because it simply doesn’t seem to offer full sporting coverage.

I am not sure whether it is the lack of chemistry between the two commentators anchoring Channel Ten’s coverage, Mel McLaughlin and Ian Thorpe or  the seemingly forced quantities of too-much conversation and not enough actual sporting action.

But I know one thing… I feel a little left out of the Commonwealth Games this year and that saddens me.  Do you feel the same way?   


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Couldn’t care a toss – although I would agree in principle – coverage of this or any other event should be of the actual event, not a bunch of personalities having a yack-fest in a studio.

  2. I totally agree I think compere Mel is out of her depth she just made about 6 errors whilst talking to Steve Hooker. and the interviewer in the stadium embarrassed the athlete. So I turned it off. Steve Hooker is good and I think Thorpie is lost because Mel keeps butting in.

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