So many broadcast-related questions while watching Rostelecom Cup coverage:
Where’s Terry Gannon? I missed him. I heard from a fellow fan on Twitter that Terry is covering something for the Golf Channel and will also miss this week’s competition in France. Bummer.
Speaking of Europe, why weren’t Tara and Johnny (and Gannon’s replacement Steve Schlanger…who just didn’t seem to know what to make of the exuberance of T&J) actually at the competition? The only on-camera shots of the group were in front of a screen with the Grand Prix logo on it, and all of their social media accounts clearly indicated they were in New York. Will they be in France this weekend? Why are they broadcasting from afar? I personally think the commentary on any event is better if you are there in person—do you guys think it hurts the broadcast when they aren’t on site?
And continuing my broadcast confusion—why isn’t NBC showing any of the ice dancing events? With two victories for Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates and two silver medals for their teammates, the Shibutanis, it is clear that the U.S. teams are stepping up to fill the hole left by American Olympic Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. I think it is so cool that American teams are dominating in ice dance and wish that was highlighted to the general viewing audience. They did show a portion of Chock and Bates’ free dance and noted their victory during the broadcast, but I wish there was more. I think they could go without showing the singles skaters who are in 7th or 8th place, just show the top several people, and then incorporate some dance coverage into the broadcast. Anybody else want to see more ice dancing in prime time?