Games closing ceremony was flawed, organisers admit


The part of the closing ceremony that organisers made a decision to broadcast included performances from local musicians including Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian, Yothu Yindi, Kate Cebrano and Dami Im.

"Did we stuff it up? Yes".

Minutes before releasing the lengthy statement on Twitter Griggs said: "About to send out a statement to absolutely clarify some vey dubious & incorrect accusations made by someone with a very old axe to grind!". "We got that wrong.This decision to bring the athletes into the stadium before the broadcast was operationally driven given there were restrictions on being able to keep the athletes waiting in comfort".

"We were looking forward to being part of the Closing Ceremony and being recognized for what we had done in the games".

"We've never seen a stadium as empty as this". "People are thinking that Channel Seven has chosen not to show pictures of athletes or not to show the flag bearer, Kurt Fearnley".

Holmes worked as a sports presenter for Channel Seven from 1998 to 2000.

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Griggs last night stomped all over ABC's assessment, issuing a follow-up tweet saying "at no point in the [media guide] does it mention that there wouldn't be one single shot shown of athletes watching the performances".

"We're going back to the village, it's a bit boring", Kunek said.

Back in 2000 Holmes publicly resigned before the games were over after Seven management objected to her relationship with colleague Stan Grant, a Channel Seven star presenter at the time. She said she was "furious".

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

In the same interview, Grant described the "media avalanche" around their relationship as "intrusive and confronting". I said to senior management at Channel 7: "With all due respect, you're my employer not my father", and so we resigned within 20 minutes of each other.

"The athletes didn't really know what was happening. Again, we got that wrong", he tweeted.

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Channel 7 - who have had their fair share of critics with the Commonwealth Games coverage due to some big blunders - were accused of not showing athletes entering the stadium during the broadcast, but according to the Basil Zempilas and Johanna Griggs on the Channel 7 commentary team, the host broadcaster, NEP Australia, and organising committee chose to place the athletes inside the stadium before the Closing Ceremony kicked off.

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For his part, Mr Beattie has apologised for the closing ceremony, telling Karl Stefanovic on Today that he accepted "full responsibility". This wasn't "necessarily unique", but a rehearsal "would have rung alarm bells".

Griggs expanded on that in her statement: "What happens in the pre-show is embargoed until the main show begins so Tracey's suggestion of starting 15 minutes earlier is just not right. We wouldn't have been able to show the vision anyway", she added.

Griggs said that during the briefing Holmes was not in the room, instead a different representative from ABC radio turned up.

He was among those to speak along with Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, given the chance to address the crowd after organisers had refused to break protocol to allow her to do so at the Opening Ceremony on April 4.

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