Reason sought for poor coverage

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 April, 1997, 12:00am

With regards to the letter 'Key matches shown in entirety' (South China Morning Post, April 11) from Jermyn Lynn at ATV, I would like to comment on the Sevens coverage. Congratulations to ATV World for obtaining the right to air a world class sporting event. What a shame the coverage was inadequate and a waste of time.

This year was the first time in nine years that my friends and I have failed to get tickets. Our only hope of seeing the event was through television.

For the Friday coverage, we were promised two live matches. One was shown in its entirety. Bravo. The other match was between Western Samoa and Wales.

It was an exciting encounter. Wales were leading with only 1.5 minutes of play remaining. Suddenly the announcer said something like 'I'm sorry that's all we have time for, we will give you the result tomorrow', and the match was gone.

I immediately called the complaints hotline and was put through to an answering machine. I left a message including several telephone numbers etc. No response. Three days later I called during working hours, but was transferred to the answering machine again. Foolishly, perhaps, I left another message four days later. Again, no response.

Suffice to say that the coverage and attitude of ATV World were poor. Fortunately, one friend had STAR TV, and so the weekend was not a complete loss. I don't suppose an apology will be coming, but an explanation would be nice.




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