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Archives for September 2011

Paddling beneath the surface

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Roger Mosey | 12:14 UK time, Thursday, 29 September 2011

So far this autumn it's only the weather that's unexpected. I'm writing this on a late September day visiting a baking hot and sunny Yorkshire.

But London 2012 is running to plan with increasingly hectic activity behind the scenes - while outwardly it's looking calm with relatively little breaking the surface.

Here in the BBC project team we have a physical reminder of the scale of what's about to hit us.

Previously we've been scattered round Television Centre in offices which involved treks between them.

But now the main planners have moved into an area formerly occupied by Sport online - who are settling into their new home in Salford.

So we have 2012 colleagues from Sport and News and Marketing and the rest within easy reach as we move fully into delivery mode.

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Accommodating the BBC in 2012

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Roger Mosey | 11:38 UK time, Sunday, 18 September 2011

Time for another in the series responding to some of the wilder stories you may read about the BBC's 2012 planning. Today, our view of the "revelation" in a couple of Sunday papers that the people covering the Games will need somewhere to stay overnight.

Being the host nation broadcaster for the London 2012 Olympics means we'll have a huge amount of output - getting on for 3,000 hours live - and services running round the clock on TV, radio and online. We will be delivering vastly more than we did in Beijing, and it's what our audiences expect. To do that we need staff to be at the venues from very early in the morning for programmes like Breakfast, while the last of the action will finish close to midnight.

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GB medal haul crucial to success of 2012 Olympics

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Roger Mosey | 10:14 UK time, Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The best moment for many of us at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday afternoon was before the kick-off.

Mo Farah took to the pitch wearing his World Championships' gold medal and after Arsenal's six years without a trophy, and their awful start to this season, it was great to see at least one Gooner who's won something.

But it's also a reminder that the success of 2012 will rest on the success of people like Mo. For all the challenges we talk about - transport, security and the rest - there's one rather more obvious factor that will determine whether Britain regards the Olympics as a success.

Simply, can we repeat the Beijing gold-rush? And will the unique status of being the home-team provide a boost or an extra hurdle for our athletes?

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