Pay TV and audio journalism: Hayemaker humbles Harrison

There is nothing more frustrating for a keen sports fan such as myself than having more and more of our sport heading onto pay TV.

Sky has manage to steal the Ashes, most of the Premiership/Champions League football, and a majority of our rugby away from fans unwilling to pay a gross amount for their sport. Boxing fans had to pay £15 on Saturday night to witness eight miuntes of embarrassing boxing as David Haye successfully defended his WBA World crown.

Despite lacking the footage of the fight, due to Sky’s monopoly, the BBC managed to encapsulate the events of the fight superbly through audio journalism. For those who missed the match or didn’t have pay TV, the BBC offered fans the live match commentary.

Mix in the video interviews after the match , the renound boxing pundit Steve Bunce’s podcast, and Rio Ferdinand hanging around in Haye’s dressing room, then the BBC provided the complete fight night package despite having no footage. This really does show the power of audio journalism.

They also managed to capture the voice of boxing experts and fans with the audio interviews following the farcical bout.

The BBC allso gave Haye the platform to explain his controversial betting remarks David Haye has catergorically denied today betting on himself to beat Audley Harrison in the third round of their world title fight on Saturday. He told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast that he “made enough money from the fight anyway”.

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