The "Eye TV" piece in the satirical Private Eye publication is normally devoted to exposing the faults and foibles of programmes, presenters and actors.
This week it looks at the Olympic coverage and is very praiseworthy of the efforts of the BBC and its use of the red button to give coverage of many sports. It goes on to say that if they can find 24 digital channels for sport during the Olympics why can't it do so for the rest of the year.
It then continues ( and I like what they say):-
"But Sky's sporting hegemony has done irreparable damage to some of the sports it has bought. Rugby League and cricket are but two whose souls have been chewed up and spat out again.
A sports whose administrators could see beyond the wam glow of short term cash might realise that free to air coverage, for a smaller fee, might actually be more effective in the long term than wholesale surrender to Sky."
For more read issue 1320 of Private Eye but I feel the columnist "Couch Potato" makes an extremely valid point although we'd need to storm Fortress Red Hall and set to work with a figurative guillotine to get any changes in the relationship between the rulers of the game and the Murdoch Empire.
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