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Lessons to be learned from Berlin

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Roger Mosey | 13:25 UK time, Tuesday, 25 August 2009

So the Athletics World Championships in Berlin more than lived up to expectations.

For the sport, Usain Bolt's brilliance and supremacy was confirmed. For Britain, Jessica Ennis (below) achieved the stardom we'd all hoped for - and will no doubt deliver a big moment at this year's Sports Personality in her home city of Sheffield.

Phillips Idowu lived up to expectations, too. And for broadcasters, there were some terrific audiences: more than five million in Britain for the 100m final and figures in the 2m-3m range throughout.

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Before the fame, the sporting brilliance

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Roger Mosey | 17:00 UK time, Thursday, 13 August 2009

One of the criticisms about sport broadcasting in general - and it's been aimed at the BBC in particular - is that we have an over-reliance on celebrities. Since I've never knowingly employed Katie Price or taken cast-offs from Ant and Dec's jungle, I think what's usually meant by that is our selection of on-screen talent.

We've certainly nurtured some great sportsmen and women of the past, like Gary Lineker and Sue Barker, and turned them into our frontline presenters of today; and many of our summarisers and pundits are also big figures from their sports - Michael Johnson, Alan Hansen, Adrian Moorhouse and all the rest.

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If it's Tuesday this must be Birmingham...

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Roger Mosey | 09:10 UK time, Wednesday, 5 August 2009

The BBC 2012 project team is on tour - heading to the major centres of the UK to debate with BBC colleagues and key opinion-formers just how the Olympics can be of benefit to the whole of the country.

I've also been chatting to the local press in Bristol, in Leeds (where we liked the picture rather less) and in Lincolnshire.

It is, of course, unavoidable that much of the focus of the Olympic Games is on London. The award is to a host city, and it's London's mayor who received the Olympic flag from the mayor of Beijing.

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