Mexico 1968 - Summer Olympics

Mexico 1968
The article below is from the November 1968 edition of Ariel found by Geoff Higgs - just look at those viewing figures!!

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE all over Britain stayed up until the early hours of the morning to watch the BBC's full coverage of the Olympic Games in Mexico. Two million viewers at 2 a.m.
The BBC gained its biggest audience for any television programme for four months with Olympic Grandstand. Over 17 million people watched the programme on the night of Tuesday, 15 October. Ten million viewers were still watching the Olympics on BBC at midnight and three and a half million kept watching until 1.30 a.m. Two million viewers stayed until the end of the programme at 2 a.m.
Mastery of the engineers
Of the sixteen day coverage of up to eight programmes a day on BBC1 and 2, Bryan Cowgill, Head of BBC Television Sport, comments: "In terms of volume and complexity it was undoubtedly the biggest operation ever undertaken by the BBC. "The mastery which was shown by the engineers over the technical problems, allied to the quite magnificent way in which all staff in London and Mexico responded to the challenge, resulted in one of the smoothest and most satisfying pieces of outside broadcasting in which the Corporation has been engaged."
THE WHOLE OF THE OB DEPARTMENT in London was mobilized to deal with the reportage coming back from the Olympic Games and one of the producers looking after the London end, John Haslam, said afterwards, `We were delighted with the way things worked out so well, particularly in view of the difficulties envisaged through the time difference and considerable distance from Mexico.'
No radio organization in Mexico
One special difficulty for the fourteen man radio-team of producers, Charles Max-Muller, Head of Outside Broadcasts (Radio), looking after his fourth and last Olympics before retirement, Robert Hud­son, who follows Charles as Head of OBs and athletics expert Geoff Dobson, and commentators Harold Abrahams, Pat Besford, Raymond Brooks-Ward, John Burns, Norman Cuddeford, and Alun Williams was that as there is no radio organization in Mexico, the BBC had to pro­vide its own technical facilities. Therefore, three engineers, Bob Wade, Dick Elsden, and Eddie Fulford went to Mexico and did a fine engineering job.
There was a full daily coverage of the events on Radio 1 and 2 plus an Olympic Half-Hour on Radio 3 at 7.30 a.m. each day. Olympic News Desk continued to give reports into Radio 1 and 2 in Late Night Extra and Night Ride throughout the Games.
For the World Service Alec Turnbull was in Mexico and they carried daily twenty-five-minute programmes of highlights contributed by the OB team.