In answer to your questions. . .
- 22 May 06, 11:36 AM
LONDON - Nick raised some questions in reply to Ricco's latest entry and I have been in touch with Roger Mosey, director of BBC Sport, to get some answers.
Why do you have Ian Wright as part of your television coverage for the World Cup?
RM: All pundits divide opinion - and they have fans and critics. We believe Ian Wright brings a fresh and different point-of-view to our panels, and he's a good part of the mix.
Why does the BBC feel the need to take 300 people to Germany for the World Cup?
RM: The World Cup will be the BBC's biggest outside broadcast of the year - and it will be covered extensively on television, radio and online as well as by our news services at home and abroad. To do this properly, we need the appropriate number of staff in Germany. But on these kind of major events our staffing levels compare favourably with other international broadcasters, and our priority is delivering quality to our audiences.
Will the total cost of the BBC's World Cup coverage be published?
RM: The BBC's Annual Report reviews all our expenditure and publishes the main figures; and BBC Sport is audited like all other parts of the corporation. Within that, some individual figures - like rights fees and contract payments - are not published for reasons of commercial confidentiality. To put it simply, if we said the cost of an individual event was a certain amount then rival broadcasters would be able to outbid us next time round or drive up the price - which isn't in the interest of licence-payers.
Thanks for your interest Nick, and can I direct you to our Editors' Blog with any further questions about World Cup coverage.
One more World Cup blog to draw your attention to, complete with some curious England player ratings. Not quite sure about Theo Walcott's 8.5 out of 10 at this early stage of his career, but each to their own. . .
Alex Trickett, Blog Editor