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dateline: 11 September 2012

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US Broadcaster Criticized for Paralympics Coverage

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Paralympics: an international sporting competition for disabled athletes
  • broadcast: the transmission of a show on TV or radio
  • prime-time: the time of day when the most people are watching television
  • outrage: to anger

US Broadcaster Criticized For Paralympics Coverage

NBC Sports, the US of the broadcasting of the Paralympic Games, is being criticized for its coverage of the 2012 competition. NBC showed 4 one-hour programs with highlights from the . It is also scheduled to show a 90-minute special on September 16th. No live coverage was available on NBC. and the UK showed more hours, though many other countries did not show live coverage either. The US had the third largest Paralympic team in 2012, but 6th in the medal count. Over 200 million people watched the NBC coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games, though some of the most popular events were for prime-time, which also outraged sports fans.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What coverage did NBC offer of the 2012 Paralympic Games?
  2. Why does the report mention Australia?
  3. How did the US Paralympic team finish in 2012?

Discussion Question: Many people called the lack of live coverage a sign of disrespect. Is it also a form of discrimination?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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