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Television decides Olympics schedule

It’s sad to see that the swimming finals have now been re-scheduled to take place in the morning at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This I understand will enable the finals to be shown live in the evening in the US and this will be good for television ratings.

This is unfair for some of us television viewers in Australia and the region who were supposed to have watched these finals live during the evening our time. Now they will be shown in the morning Melbourne time which doesn’t help us at all.

When Beijing won the right to host the Olympics we all thought that was good for the Australasian time zone because we were going to have another chance to watch the Olympics in times that suited us best just like the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

In Athens the events were shown in their ‘normal’ scheduled times and we never complained that it was early morning our time because we knew in Beijing we were going to watch the those events in the evenings until now when television is now determining schedules.

I don’t think London 2012 will change the schedule to suit prime time American viewing. In either case it won’t benefit us anyway.

The only good news to come out of this is that at least athletics finals will be shown in their ‘normal’ time slot in the evening and that’s going to suit us, at least for now.

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