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Archives for February 2011

Setting the record straight on BBC's Olympic locations

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Roger Mosey | 11:02 UK time, Monday, 21 February 2011

One of the reasons for having this blog is accountability: explaining what we're doing in our 2012 planning and opening up a debate about the issues.

What I also intend to use it for is setting the record straight when newspapers come up with daft items, so here's the first in what I expect to be an occasional series.

A headline today: "BBC to splash £1million on Olympic Penthouse". The story says "bosses" are looking to buy two £350,000 top-floor flats in an "exclusive" block, and then there's the favourite device - the anonymous source.

The source tells the paper: "There will be no expense spared when it comes to coverage and bosses are prepared to spend a fortune."

So let me tell you what we told the journalist. First, we are not buying any flats. Second, the figure of £1m for purchasing property around the Olympic Park is ludicrous.

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More speed on the road to 2012

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Roger Mosey | 14:16 UK time, Thursday, 10 February 2011

The people planning London 2012 haven't exactly been slacking in the past, but the next few days give an idea of how life is changing for everyone involved.

From long-term deadlines and (literally) careful groundwork, there's now a relentless pace in the activity.

It will, of course, only intensify; and it will be everywhere you look - from buildings and events to broadcasting. Here's a sample of what to look out for in the immediate future.

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What is the image of the UK around the world?

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Roger Mosey | 14:59 UK time, Friday, 4 February 2011

What's the word you most associate with the United Kingdom?

This blog is read both home and abroad, so anyone can join in - as long as you keep it clean. But the recommended answer is "generous".

The suggestion comes from the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee who've been pondering the impact of London 2012 on the UK's global reputation - and reviewing how the Foreign Office is responding to the challenge.

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