11
2008
08

比NBC水准更高的奥运开幕式版本

网上都在骂CCTV,力捧NBC的导播。今天看了篇夸加拿大CBC的帖子。

加美边境的美国人就是幸福,用卫星收到了CBC加拿大广播公司的直播,美国人不看CBS,ABC,还有网民追捧的NBC。

因为:
1、CBC是直播,而不是录播,NBC因录播给人骂得够呛。
2、很重要,主播在节目表演的时候几乎不说话,而让演出自己说话,只是简单介绍了一下这是四大发明,怕老外不懂。
3、运动员入场,画面分屏,一边介绍加拿大队,一边还能看到其他国家运动员入场的情况。
4、看到那些老外打手机没有,其中一定有CBC主播干的,直接打电话给入场运动员,听听现场运动员兴奋的声音。

文章结尾说,看看NBC能否达到这个水准。

唉,我只要CCTV能达到NBC水准就满意了。

The Opening Ceremony on CBC

BUFFALO — Greetings from our listening and observation post just this side of the Canadian border. Unless you’re similarly situated geographically (I’m just outside Buffalo) or have a really good satellite provider, you may be unaware that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation brought us the Olympic opening ceremonies live this morning as it happened, rather than showing the whole thing on tape delay tonight, as most of my fellow Yanks will see it.

And that wasn’t the only difference between CBC and NBC. CBC coverage actually began at 7 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, or 7 p.m. Beijing time. Narrating the telecast were Ron MacLean, the witty host of CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada” and quondam junior hockey ref, and Peter Mansbridge, anchorman of “The National,” CBC’s nightly news report. They were both admirably low-key and often simply silent for long stretches as the opening ceremonies began, appropriately letting the images from the Bird’s Nest speak for themselves. Let’s see anyone on NBC match that tonight.

And the images were indeed beautiful. The Chinese put on quite a show, to put it mildly, with thousands of precisely coordinated performers acting as human pixels in a stately, elaborately animated display enhanced by laser lighting and Chinese music that was, peculiarly, both majestic and melancholy. As quietly as golf announcers, MacLean and Mansbridge reminded us of the themes of the spectacle (China’s four great contributions to world technology, papermaking, printing, the compass and gunpowder) and that “environmental themes” were also central to the ceremonies (just a little discordant considering the Beijing air), and they were generally silent for the piece de resistance (a huge inflatable sphere rising from the center of the stadium, lighting up like a giant globe, with performers circumnavigating it, running and tumbling, right side up in the northern latitudes, horizontal in the tropics, and upside down, if you can believe it, south of the Tropic of Capricorn), atop which Liu Huan and Sarah Brightman belted out a duet.

At just a little past 9 a.m. the parade of national teams began. Here at last, as some of the smaller, less competitive countries started the walk around the stadium, was an opportunity for McLean and Mansbridge to put in a modest word for Canada’s athletes… the flag-bearer for wherever is so-and-so, their best in women’s archery… who won silver in 2004… she’ll be going against… someone from Winnipeg! Nigeria’s entry occasioned an unusually enthusiastic comment from Ron McLean that I guarantee you won’t heard spoken by anyone on NBC: “Jarome Iginla’s dad is from Nigeria!”

At about 9:45 the Canadian team made the scene, and here was the sharpest example of the contrast between the Canadian and American approaches to Olympic coverage. CBC went to split-screen, so we could almost see the other countries marching in on the lower right as we focused on the Canadians at the upper left. Always, a low-key, warmly supportive, naively optimistic note on each Canadian competitor as close-up and time permitted, with a calming advisory that “they may not medal.” MacLean tried to contact a pre-designated member of the Canadian contingent by cellphone, but audio troubles prevented him from getting through. ( “Oh well,” he said. “It was a nice idea.”) But at 10:15, the audio was fixed, and while national contingents continued to march in gleefully, MacLean connected to a Canadian athlete via cellphone. In the most non-NBC moment of the telecast, the phone was passed around among teammates who said hello to friends and family.

This is what Americans who live along the Canadian border have known for years: when it comes to the Olympics, watching CBC instead of NBC, ABC or CBS is often a relief and even a real pleasure. This morning, how extraordinarily pleasant it was to be able to view that spectacle in Beijing without the annoyance of constant exclamation and endless recitations of trivia — just great swaths of wonderful silence from our narrators MacLean and Mansbridge between 8am and 9am or so, just letting the show at the stadium tell its own story with the least obtrusive economy of helpful footnotes, no urgency whatsoever to riddle the air with inane nattering and relentless fill.

Let’s see if NBC will live up to that standard this evening and throughout the Games.
 

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