Dakar coverage this year has been terrible.
This year the coverage has been terrible, I can hardly remember it being shown on time and generally unprofessional with no apparent preperation work
Bill Underwood commented
EUROSPORT DAKAR TV COVERAGE
Am I alone in feeling an intense sense of relief that the Dakar TV coverage is finished?
I am released from relentless music/noise, flashing unexplained images, pointless interviews e.g. “It was hard today, I remained focused and I did my best” – surely this applies to all the competitors, and inadequate descriptions of the stages. Also whilst it is good to know the front-runners and their main opponents what about the many other competitors whose trials and tribulation would be much more interesting. Also aerial shots of the competitors in the last few kilometres before the day’s finish get pretty boring.
A point that definitely needs improvement is the description of the stage, the total length (surely this is one of the biggest challenges in terms of fitness, mechanical reliability and tiredness), and types of hazards involved, their length, height and difficulty. How many competitors came to grief, where and why? Where are the time controls, at what distances how many and how difficult to find? Even the liaisons could benefit from better description – how long, where do they refuel, elevation etc?
Finally, the frequent digital breakdown of the soundtrack makes the commentary almost unintelligible at times.
None of this is intended as criticism of Clinton Kirby who seems to be doing the best he can with what he is presented. Also Adelaide has a difficult and repetitive job and does her best.
Come on Eurosport - it is the most challenging motorsport event in the world, you have the technology – 4/10 could do a lot better!