Johanna Griggs Hits Back At Claims Seven Knew Of Commonwealth Games Fiasco

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

They made a decision not to have athletes enter the Stadium.

During Seven's coverage, a "furious" Griggs and Basil Zempilas told viewers the network did not control the broadcast and that it had been arranged that athletes would be in place before the screening began.

"I'm sorry you're being way too polite", she told Zempilas.

In a long statement released on Twitter, she rebutted several points Holmes - who had asked why Seven claimed they were shocked by the athletes' non-inclusion - made in an online ABC story and in a radio interview.

But Griggs has yet again come out swinging and pushed back against Holmes' claims.

Athletes have also spoken out about their lacking involvement in the ceremony. Organisers confirmed Channel Seven had a number of representatives at that briefing.

"To be brutally honest, most of the athletes left during the ceremony".

"If we'd left that briefing room with any indication given to us that no athletes would feature, then of course we would have made other arrangements to capture those moments".

Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie has now admitted organisers "stuffed up".

Birch - who was head of ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games said in the ABC article he was "surprised" Seven did not raise the issue of the athletes' entrance sooner. I've never seen the stadium so empty, ' she said. According to the hosts, those images were not permitted to be broadcast during the opening ceremony.

"If NBC could change the IOC's policies, I'm sure that Seven could have prevailed upon the GC2018 Organising Committee and the host broadcaster". 'People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley.We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters.

Channel 7 has declined to comment. "You want to see them jumping in front of camera", Griggs continued.

"We assumed like every other Closing Ceremony ever shown, that the host's vision would feature athletes non-stop celebrating, letting their hair down. like we all expect at a closing ceremony", she wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. We're disappointed. I've got to say we have been lucky to be at many of these type of events.

"We missed out on all of that". Whoever gave that cue wasn't us. The guide makes no mention of athletes marching in as part of the ceremony.

"When I found out this morning that people didn't see the entrance I was mortified."

"It still intrigues me how they thought our living situation was their business".

"The crew that were responsible for creating the ceremonies did a phenomenal job".

The conditions applied to Channel Seven for the Commonwealth Games, Griggs said, were "very different to anything we've experienced before".

"They were responsible for getting it right and if you can't get the athletes right what are you doing taking on the project?"

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