Me and my better half got up at 5am MST to watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony on CBC TV live. Here is a bit of live blogging from CBC. Zhang Yimou is a first-rated film director and his creativity was in full display in the ceremony from the first opening moment onwards. Even the “manual” countdown was beautifully done with the massive number of people doing the show. The show is spectacular.
When I watched the ceremony live on CBC, I thought the sound was very bad (it was so bad that when British singer Sarah Brightman and Chinese star Liu Huan sang, I couldn’t figure if Brightman had sang a few words in Chinese as I thought, I later confirmed that she did) and the picture quality was not great.
And then tonight when I watched the NBC Olympics coverage, wow, my thought was “holly cow, this was not the same show I watched this morning!” NBC’s coverage was so much better than CBC‘s. In comparison, NBC’s audio sounded beautiful, the picture was shot and shown beautifully, the colours were spectacular, and the commentaries were insightful, informative and so enjoyable.
Now, why was CBC’s audio recording of the opening ceremony so awful? What was the colour so dull and picture quality so grainy compare to NBC? Why was the CBC commentary so lack of good info (was it a matter of lack of research or the lack of diligence to use the information the Chinese host must have provided)?
If CBC’s Olympics coverage doesn’t improve, I recommend Canadians do their homework and don’t blindly assume CBC will have better coverage (especially if both stations are covering the same event).
Now, some great complements should be given to CBC for their China news/short documentary coverage. Great job CBC on the news coverage (even your opening ceremony coverage makes me so embarrassed to call myself a CBC lover).
P.S. Check out this Telegraph piece about Zhang. Here is this New York Times piece, “Even the Cynical Succumb to a Moment of Real National Pride“.