BBC says that live streaming of 2010 World’s still not decided
Despite reports from sources close to the matter, the BBC has still not determined if it will once again stream the Grade 1 events from the 2010 World Pipe Band Championships, as pipes|drums had previously reported. Grigor Stirling, Outside Broadcast Director at BBC Scotland, contacted pipes|drums to clarify the situation.
“We are obviously hoping to stream the event again, but given the current financial situation we have not yet been able to confirm this,” said Stirling. “We are in the process of carrying out a detailed cost comparison and hope to confirm our plans by the start of August.”
The BBC has this year faced substantial cutbacks that have impacted its broadcasting across all sectors. The organization is funded by a £3.6-billion annual license fee from UK citizens. While the broadcaster has introduced cutbacks, its “BBC Worldwide” division posted record profits of £145 million in 2009, up 37 per cent.
A source with the RSPBA had indicated that video streaming of the 2010 World’s was “not 100 per cent.”
The BBC has reportedly confirmed plans to develop another taped special program for television for broadcast after the competition. Jackie Bird and Bob Worrall will again host and provide commentary for the program.