An article was published in the Times today (behind p/w – scan below) regarding the Government’s role in reporting “good news” stories relating to the London 2012 games during the entire Olympiad -from when the torch is lit in Ancient Olympia, Greece and lands in the UK in a few months time until when the torch is extinguished during the closing ceremony on the 12th of August. What does this mean in terms of reporting that comes out during Games times and how successful can others be to get their message across regarding not-so-positive stories?
It is worth thinking about the investment behind the PR campaigns of all stakeholders involved in the Olympics. This can be the government, the organising committee (LOCOG), the sponsors and the accredited media – amongst others.
Last Sunday I took part in a discussion in Glasgow with those who are looking at the 2014 CommonWealth Games and London 2012 Olympic Games and the conflicts over urban space, regeneration and privatisation. The topic of sex workers and mega events emerged both here and at the recent Countering the Olympic meeting in London on the 28th Jen – and continues to be a major, under-discussed topic relating to the impact of mega events. Especially those mega events who claim to have a health-based focus and a health based legacy to maintain.
Here are some links to some studies and some campaigns relating to Vancouver 2010, London 2012 and Glasgow 2014.
Games Monitor have reported today that NOGOE will be seeking seeking legal advice on and preparing to seek judicial review of Greenwich Council’s planning board decision of 26 January 2012. This follows on from the Don’t Be Harsh, Save the Marsh campaign against the construction of temporary Basketball training centre on Leyton Marsh.
More information on Greenwich Park – capacity overload.
More information on Leyton Marsh – Documents relating to licence deeds and construction tender.
This is the start of a unique experiment in networked investigation. If you want to ask questions of the London 2012 Olympic Games – or anywhere else in the world – start contributing in the comments and we’ll try to help you.