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IPC criticizes US Paralympic coverage

Sir Philip Craven at the International Paralympic Committee press conference Image: Laura Hale.

LondonEngland — At a press conference in London yesterday the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Sir Philip Craven, criticized media coverage of the Paralympic Games in the United States and Canada.


In the United States, NBC is running only four one-hour highlights packages. Canada’s CBC is doing only slightly better, with one hour of highlights each night of competition. This contrasts with extensive coverage in the United KingdomFrance, and other countries.

Sir Philip told the fifty-plus attendees which included Lord Coe, “some people feel that North America lead on everything, and on this they don’t. And it’s about time they caught up.” He said he was very disappointed for the athletes, the people, and the organizations. The Paralympic Committee has tried to fill the void with streaming video over the internet.

According to Tony Naar from the Australian Paralympic Committee, his American counterparts were “defensive” about the arrangement whereby they bought the television rights and sold them on to NBC. Referring to previous Australian coverage he said, “[t]hat is where we were back in 1996, so they are that far behind.”

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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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