Dont copy the Beeb! Channel 4s Paralympics Breakfast sparks fury over lack of sport08/25/2021
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Steph McGovern and Arthur Williams were on hand to host the first Paralympics Breakfast of the year on Channel 4, with the pair bringing viewers the latest medal news from Tokyo, Japan as well as interviews with some of ParalympicsGB’s athletes. Following a similar format to Dan Walker and Sam Quek’s Olympic Breakfast on BBC earlier this year, the show combined interviews, bulletins with snippets of Paralympics coverage. However, with the addition of advert breaks to the format, fans quickly drew comparisons and blasted the show for a lack of actual action from the games.
Kicking off at 7:30am, Steph and Arthur were in high spirits as ParalympicsGB had already got off to an impressive start at the competition.
Sarah Storey had already bagged a gold overnight in the C5 3000m individual pursuit in the velodrome and a number of other athletes were readying themselves to compete on day two.
However, with only a snippet from Sarah’s victory shown along with a handful of other highlights, fans quickly drew comparisons with the BBC’s format – and weren’t best pleased.
“25 minutes in and #C4Paralympics breakfast has had approx 2 mins of actual sport at least they have now finally decide to show something else! Very BBC lots of chat little action,” one fan blasted on Twitter.
“I know it’s only day 1, but the frequency of ad breaks on the #C4Paralympics coverage is pretty ridiculous #Paralympics,” a second echoed.
While a third simply questioned on the social media platform: “Where is the sport?! #C4Paralympics.”
“Oh @C4Paralympics , please don’t copy the beeb with your coverage,” vented a fourth. “Been watching for 30 minutes and no sport shown, just talking.
“Also please don’t just focus on GB athletes & constant repeats of medal successes. Show us something new! #Paralympics #C4Paralympics.”
A fifth similarly remarked: “Be nice to see some actual sport #C4Paralympics been watching for half an hour and had 3 ad breaks so far.”
While a sixth fumed: “Was looking forward to watching #C4Paralympics but in the hour I’ve been watching, they’ve shown just 2 minutes of sport. More akin to The One Show so far…”
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