Haiti - Diaspora : Opening Ceremony, TF1 provides explanations...
Response of TF1 :
"Many of you have expressed to us various comments on the presentation of the opening ceremony of the London Olympics: too many comments from our reporters, possible absence of images and/or information about some delegations and the reference to Bob Denard in the parade of the Comoros.
Almost 5 hours of live, a parade of 205 delegations of athletes and officials, more than 10,000 participants, a scene depicting the history of England with many musical references, cultural blending reality and fiction... it goes without saying that commenting such an event is complex due to the different elements to cover instantly. It was therefore essential that our journalists bring to the viewers further explanations (historical information, references to literature, music etc...) in order to better understand the ceremony.
Some of you were disappointed to not see the images or not to have heard comments developed on the delegation of their country...
We can understand this disappointment but we confirm that under no circumstances, our journalists have wished gave more importance to a delegation than to another. During the parade, the sequencing of various delegations was often very fast, the journalistic exercise was more difficult. Indeed, the rhythm of the images being fairly steady, the comments requested reactivity and precision.
On the other hand, in order to punctuate the parade, we chose to insert cutting plans of French athletes specially when Laura Flessel planted the tricolor at the foot of the hill for this purpose.
Finally, some of you have expressed their feelings about the reference to Bob Denard that was made during the parade of the delegation of the Comoros.
This comment had no negative will towards the presentation of the delegation of Comoros, but we nevertheless wish to apologize if this about affected you [...]"
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