Remembering the 1964 Olympics

Three Old Hacks

03-08-2021 • 49 mins


The Three Old Hacks are old enough to remember the 1964 Olympics, the last time Tokyo hosted the Games. There were fewer events and so the people who won medals stayed in the memory longer, like long jumper Lynn Davies, whose local council paid tribute to him in a way which was to become more irritating than celebratory.

Writer and broadcaster Mihir Bose, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times David Smith and political commentator Nigel Dudley have known each other since they first started in journalism and have much to compare and contrast. They all agree that the BBC’s coverage of this year’s Games has become nationalistic in a way it never has been before and they regret the the narrow focus on sports in which British competitors are likely to win medals at the expense of ‘proper’ coverage of the whole event.

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