“NBC, which has come under fire for not live streaming the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, is facing new criticism. Star choreographer Akram Khan has expressed his disappointment at having his tribute to the 52 victims of the July 2005 London bomb attacks — which took place the day after London was awarded the Olympics — edited out of the American network’s coverage of the event.
“I am really sad that I couldn’t show the work in America, and that really upsets me, because I don’t think it’s any less or more than any of the other pieces,” he told the Associated Press. “Is it not accessible enough? Is it not commercial enough? It brings to mind a question that maybe it’s too truthful, and I think that says it all really.”
Involving fifty dancers performing to “Abide With Me” sung by Emeli Sandé, Khan’s performance was described in the ceremony programme as depicting “the struggle between life and death using such powerful images of mortality as dust and the setting sun.” The American TV network argued that it was given no indication that this section of the opening ceremony was a reference to the events of 7/7, and chose to broadcast an interview with American Idolhost Ryan Seacrest and US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps instead.”