Because NBC has exclusive broadcast rights to the London Olympics in the United States, the other networks obviously are rather limited in their ability to cover the events. Last night, during an ABC News report on the games, Nightline anchor Bill Weir got in a swipe at NBC, not referring to them by name, and suggesting that they may have to resort to cheap reenactments to let their viewers see any highlights from the games.
Diane Sawyer recapped the results of yesterday’s games, before turning to Weir live in London. Weir called yesterday “the most exciting and most historic” day of the 2012 games so far, touting the record-breaking achievements of U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team winning the gold medal for the first time in 16 years.
Sawyer pointed out that there has been a lot of “grumbling” over at the network that they are not able to show any footage of the Olympics, including the video of Phelps reigning triumphant yesterday. Weir used the opportunity to dryly mock ABC’s network rival for its broadcasting exclusivity.
“Well, yes. You know, the network that shall not be named paid over a billion dollars to broadcast these games to the states and they are meager with doling out the highlights, but we couldn’t help but notice our friends at The Wall Street Journal getting around that by using popsicle stick puppet reenactments. We’re going to try, maybe this has inspired us, so if anybody out there has very acrobatic cats to dress up in tiny unitards, maybe we’ll do the same down the road.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of ABC:
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