10 highlights from BBC's Commonwealth boss
As Glasgow clears up after its Commonwealth Games, Ariel asked the BBC's tired but happy head of coverage Bruce Malcolm for his highlights from a memorable few weeks.
1. Beautiful views
Our studios at Pacific Quay and seeing the BBC One Mavisbank studio on air for the first time was very special.
It had a beautiful, clean design and a stunning, iconic view of modern Glasgow taking in the River Clyde, the Armadillo, Hydro and Finnieston Crane. It was absolutely amazing to look at.
Secondly, Clare Balding and Mark Chapman hitting exactly the right note from our PQ reception on the highlights show Tonight at the Games.
2. Electric Glasgow
I would say this as a Glaswegian but the city's welcome to the Commonwealth made me feel proud. I thought Glasgow and the venues looked absolutely brilliant. The atmosphere across the city has been electric with packed venues and huge support for all 17 sports.
3. One BBCContinue reading the main story
End Quote Bruce Malcolm
When the BBC wants to do something big and everyone gets behind it, we just do a fantastic job”
When the BBC wants to do something big and everyone gets behind it, we just do a fantastic job and it's as simple as that.
At Pacific Quay, we welcomed colleagues from across the BBC including Network Sport, Network News, Nations and Regions and all radio networks.
We all worked really, really well together. They were a joy to work with from beginning to end. They were positive, enthusiastic, ambitious and I don't think we couldn't have done it better!
I think it was the first time ever we used this PQ building as a broadcast centre for a major sporting event so this building was tested to full capacity and I think it passed with flying colours. But a lot of that was due to the planning, efforts and professionalism of all the different people we hosted.
4. Quayside fun
More than 160,000 visitors attended our pop-up festival BBC at the Quay, where they were entertained by music, kids' shows, talks and other events. A personal highlight for me was the arrival of a flotilla of 250 boats and crew on a beautiful sunny Saturday.
5. Para-athletics emotion
When Erraid Davies, a 13-year-old swimmer from Shetland, won bronze in the para-sports 100m breaststroke, it emphasised early on how right it was to integrate para-sports within the Games. The loudest cheers and best stories have often been about the para-athletes.
6. He can't believe it
We got a glimpse of how successful the Games were going to be after Ross Murdoch's look of disbelief immediately after winning gold in 200m breaststroke, when he set a new Games record.
7. Globe-trotting spectacular
Mark Beaumont and a small team of three travelled through all 71 nations and territories in an epic journey for the Queen's Baton Relay. They told amazing stories from places rarely visited by the BBC. Particular favourites for me were the smaller South Pacific Islands and their sporting specialities: Nauru for weightlifting, Tonga for boxing and Norfolk Island for bowls!
8. Sporting exposure
I now know that the tactics involved in weightlifting are a bit like a game of poker and how a hockey penalty shoot-out works. It's been really brilliant to see these less popular sports get the exposure they deserve.
9. Lightning Bolt goes on the charm offensive
Usain Bolt's appearance at Hampden Park, with tartan bonnets and dancing to the Proclaimers, all played a part in the [relay] performance.
10. Cute wee terriers
The little touches, particularly with the Scottie dogs and Tunnock's tea cakes, at the opening ceremony!