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‘Nervous’ Oz broadcaster visits Delhi

"Fearing chaos" during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Australian broadcasters reportedly made an "unscheduled" visit to New Delhi earlier this week amid fears that the hosts would not be able to "meet commitments to the official broadcasters", reports Ajai Masand.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2009 22:48 IST
Ajai Masand

"Fearing chaos" during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Australian broadcasters reportedly made an "unscheduled" visit to New Delhi earlier this week amid fears that the hosts would not be able to "meet commitments to the official broadcasters".

News appearing in The Australian newspaper said, "The team leader for Channel Ten and Foxtel, Bob Kemp, was in the Capital." The newspaper went on to add that Kemp "clearly had some issues with some areas" and that's why he "was here for discussions".

"We're taking the opportunity to meet various members from the organising committee across a whole range of issues from accommodation to technology, venue preparedness and security," Kemp was quoted as telling the newspaper.

"We're a little more nervous about some things than we are about others." It may be recalled that last year after a fierce bidding war, Channel Ten beat Nine Network for the exclusive broadcast rights for the Games, which it will share with pay-TV network Foxtel.

Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (DCGOC) chairman, Suresh Kalmadi, had told HT recently that the deal with the Australian network was almost double of what he had expected.

DCGOC secretary, Lalit Bhanot, when contacted confirmed that Kemp had visited the Capital. "It was not an unscheduled visit. He will come again in October. His team will make a total of four visits before the Games," he said, adding that Kemp had left on Friday.

When Bhanot's attention was drawn to Kemp's comments that he was nervous about some things, he said, "There is no truth in the comments. They have paid huge money so they have every reason to come and inspect the venues," he said.