How Jingoistic Was NBC's, CBC's, BBC's Olympics Coverage On Thursday?

On Wednesday, our Jingometer started tracking how often NBC was mentioning the U.S./USA/America/Americans/United States, and found that, at peak coverage, over 40 percent of the network's participant mentions were for the Land of the Free. But this number doesn't mean much in a vacuum. How does NBC's coverage compare… » 2/14/14 3:20pm 2/14/14 3:20pm

BBC Snowboarding Commentators Are A Blast

Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood handle the BBC's snowboarding commentary from Sochi and listening to them call the runs might be more fun than watching the runs themselves. Snowboarding and other X-Games-related sports all seem to have their own weirdo jargon, shouted out by anthropomorphic cans of Mountain Dew, but these… » 2/11/14 4:28pm 2/11/14 4:28pm

BBC Slopestyle Announcers Prove The U.S. Holds No Monopoly On Homerism

Coming into Sochi, the Great Britain national Olympic team had never won a medal on the snow at the Winter Games, going 0-56 in the events throughout history. That changed today when Bristol snowboarder Jenny Jones earned bronze in slopestyle. Her performance—good enough to put her, at the moment, into first… » 2/09/14 3:20pm 2/09/14 3:20pm

BBC Apologizes For Shitty Thing It Said About Bartoli And Her Dad

Today, gentlemen, we were reminded why we lug our reputations as troglodytes well into the 21st century. A woman named Marion Bartoli proved athletic enough to win a singles title at Wimbledon and was thereupon described to BBC Radio 5 listeners as something other than "a looker." Because, you see, it is not enough to… » 7/06/13 4:22pm 7/06/13 4:22pm

Brit Olympics Hero Jessica Ennis Leaves Kate Middleton Hanging On…

The BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year awards were televised today, with special guest presenter the Duchess of Cambridge in her first public appearance since being hospitalized with severe morning sickness two weeks ago. The drama of a pregnant Kate's emergence became multiplied, though, when SPOTY runner-up and… » 12/16/12 6:10pm 12/16/12 6:10pm

Watch BBC Announcers And Commentators Go Berserk As Mo Farah Won Gold…

Mo Farah scored a royal double for Great Britain in winning the 10,000m and today's 5,000m, and the importance of his win can really only be understood through how their media covered the event. Here, then, is the final 150 meters of his race, with isolated cameras on announcer Steve Cram and the BBC analysis team.… » 8/11/12 3:57pm 8/11/12 3:57pm

This BBC Interview With Chad Le Clos's Father Is The Media Moment Of…

Moments after South African Chad Le Clos denied Michael Phelps gold in the 200 butterfly, BBC sat down with an ecstatic Bert Le Clos to talk about the surprising victory. Funny, bizarre, and often unintelligible due to Bert's Afrikaanglish, it's a must-watch interview and the sort of thing you'd never see in the… » 7/31/12 4:20pm 7/31/12 4:20pm

BBC Tries its Damnedest Not To Show Streaker At Six Nations Match,…

The Beeb's a paragon of good taste and proper culture, which rather makes you wonder how the Six Nations rugby competition ends up on its esteemed airways. (Or this.) Yet there it is, and in today's match featuring France against Scotland in Edinburgh the BBC found itself face-to-face with a naked France supporter. » 2/26/12 1:30pm 2/26/12 1:30pm

Listen To This Cricket Announcer Describe A Ball Heading Directly For…

Edward Bevan, cricket announcer for BBC Sport Wales, nearly dodged a ball hit into the announcer's booth by a Somerset player on Monday. More impressively, he narrated its approach: "It's coming up, is it going to hit us?" Bevan manages, and then you hear the kind of glass-smashing sound effect you thought only came… » 5/03/11 1:45pm 5/03/11 1:45pm