The BBC did not live stream transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s event at the Tokyo Olympics after warning she would report to ‘the proper authorities’ viewers who question her right to compete as a woman .
UK broadcaster failed to broadcast women’s weightlifting live on Games Day 10, when the transgender New Zealand athlete collapsed from the 87kg + category after failing to register a single ‘snatch’ lift valid, and instead showed eventing, show jumping and track and field.
He also did not broadcast American gymnast Simone Biles’ bronze medal-winning routine live on BBC1 this morning in favor of track cycling, choosing to show the event on his iPlayer and Red Button services.
The BBC, which broadcast dozens of live broadcasts of different sports during the 2012 and 2016 Games, is now only able to broadcast a maximum of two live events at a time after the International Olympic Committee has sold the European television rights to the American company Discovery.
But a spokesperson declined to tell MailOnline why it hadn’t broadcast the Hubbard event live – despite threats to denounce viewers who “bring hate” on the BBC Sports Twitter page to ” competent authorities ”the day before the weightlifter’s event.
Hubbard’s qualification in the 87+ kg category has proven to be conflicting, with some questioning the fairness of transgender athletes who have gone through male puberty in competing with female athletes, especially in power sports.
But the Hate Won’t Win campaign – which proposes to suppress “hatred based on race, color, sex, nationality, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexuality, gender, age or the class ”- raised fears of an evolution towards censorship. of those who criticize gender politics.
The official BBC Sports Twitter account said in an article: “At BBC Sport, we want our platforms to be a respectful place for discussion, constructive criticism, debate and opinion. We know the vast majority of our subscribers want it too. So here is our position.
The BBC did not broadcast live coverage of transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s event at the Tokyo Olympics after warning she would report to “the proper authorities” viewers who questioned her right to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. as a woman.
The Hate Won’t Win campaign – which proposes to end “hatred based on race, color, sex, nationality, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexuality, gender, age or class ”- raised fears of an evolution towards censorship of those who criticize gender politics
The BBC also failed to broadcast American gymnast Simone Biles’ bronze-winning routine live on BBC1 this morning in favor of track cycling, choosing to show the event on its iPlayer and Red Button services.
Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard praises the Olympics as a “global celebration of our hopes, ideals and values” after critics said allowing her to compete was a “bad joke”
Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard thanked the International Olympic Committee for the inclusive policies that will allow her to compete in the Games as a transgender athlete.
The 43-year-old New Zealander, who competed as a male before making the transition in 2013, qualified under International Weightlifting Federation rules to compete in the 87+ kg category in Tokyo on Monday .
Her qualification was divisive, however, with some questioning the fairness of transgender athletes who went through male puberty competing against women, especially in power sports.
Hubbard has not spoken to the media since his place in the New Zealand squad was confirmed and on Friday a statement was read on his behalf at an IOC briefing on inclusion.
“I see the Olympic Games as a global celebration of our hopes, ideals and values and I want to thank the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible,” she said.
“We will block people who bring hate in our comments sections. We will report the most serious cases to the appropriate authorities. We will work to make our accounts caring and respectful places. We will continue to expand our coverage of all sports and continue to cover issues and discussions around equality in sport.
“We also want your help. If you see a response to BBC Sports posts containing an expression of hate based on race, color, sex, nationality, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexuality, gender, age or class, please report the URL of the post in question by sending an email [email protected]
“Together, we will strive to make our social media accounts a safe space for everyone. ”
The Defund the BBC campaign told MailOnline that the BBC is “bound by its charter to represent and reflect all sections of society without bias, not to attempt to silence the voices of women”.
Rebecca Ryan, her campaign manager, said: “We have been inundated with messages of support from women (and men) across the country following this tweet from BBC Sport.
“At least half of the population is breaking point with these encroachments and they are told to be kind, to be quiet, to put up with it. And for the BBC to say, don’t even question that because we’ll denounce you. It is simply outrageous.
Emma Webb, Free Speech Union activist, told MailOnline: ‘By threatening to report offensive messages to the police, the BBC has not only failed in its duty of impartiality, it has actively sought to silence an debate on women’s rights which is of great public interest.
One Twitter user said: “The BBC blocks anyone who disputes their tweets on Laurel Hubbard, accusing them of ‘hate’. Women who stand up for their rights and the steadfastness of sex are not hateful. It is the BBC that propagates terrible gender prejudices.
“State-funded broadcaster threatening women – shame on you!” “
Another said: “This from @BBC is a clear warning to women not to say anything when identified trans men take the place of women on Olympic teams. You have been warned to remain silent. Don’t be silent. ‘
The BBC declined to comment when approached by MailOnline, and instead referred the post to a BBC Sports webpage revealing that it had “blocked and reported hundreds of accounts, and withheld or deleted thousands of comments Who allegedly violated his guidelines.
It comes after the BBC has received “hundreds” of complaints about its Olympic Games programming, which has waived some of its rights to the Tokyo Games and can now only live stream two different sports at a time.
Olympic organizers sold European television rights for the Games to Discovery in a £ 920million deal in which most of the coverage was placed behind a pay wall accessible through Discovery’s Eurosport channels or its £ 6.99-per-month Discovery + streaming service.
Hubbard smiles after competition she came out of after failing to register a single valid lift
Laurel just before her transition to 35. Pictured (right) with his parents, including former Auckland Mayor Richard ‘Dick’ Hubbard ‘(center)
Hubbard (circled, like Gavin in a 1993 school photo) went from male to female in 2012 at age 35, having trained and competed in men’s weightlifting since he was a teenager.
However, Discovery – which also owns stations such as Quest and Really and is a major investor in GB News – is required to make some of the coverage available on a free channel and has chosen the BBC.
Although the deal was announced in 2016, this is the first Summer Olympics it has come into effect, meaning a large part of the UK public has been caught off guard by the changes until now.
The Guardian reported that the BBC has received a large number of complaints about its Olympics programming – but the bimonthly complaints bulletin that would show the number of complaints filed about the Olympics is not available. A spokesperson declined to comment further.
In a public response to the complaints, the BBC said: “As announced in February 2017, the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics has changed. The BBC will continue to provide extensive coverage of the Games, including all the must-see moments.
“A network channel alongside a live broadcast on BBC iPlayer will provide live coverage and highlights – so, throughout each day of the Games, this global sporting event will be presented to the widest possible audience.
“At the same time, there will be wide coverage on radio and digital channels providing a full mix of live and on-demand action for fans. The BBC is no longer able to live stream all sports during the Olympics due to the terms of license agreements set by the rights holder (Discovery). ‘