Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

BBC denies English-bias at Games

The BBC has been accused of displaying an English bias at the Commonwealth Games
The BBC has been accused of displaying an English bias at the Commonwealth Games

The BBC has defended its coverage of the Commonwealth Games after some viewers complained of an England-bias.

The competition, which has ended in Delhi, prompted an undisclosed number of viewers to claim the corporation favoured coverage of England and English competitors.

England took 144 - including 38 golds - of the 843 medals available during the fortnight of sport.

The performance of other home nations saw Wales collect 20 medals, Scotland 27 and Northern Ireland 14.

The BBC said in covering the games, it had to "strike a balance between all the competing nations involved".

It pointed out that competitors, commentators and pundits for programmes were drawn from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as other Commonwealth countries.

The BBC said: "Inevitably, the focus of our programmes has been on events featuring the home nations.

"As England are the biggest team, and most successful on this occasion, we can understand a perception where they appear to dominate our output.

"However, we were well aware of this danger and took great care across all of our programmes to celebrate the achievements of all the other home nation competitors."

The corporation added: "Ultimately, our aim is to bring our audience the most comprehensive sports coverage and we acknowledge that not everyone will agree on it."

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