The BBC has come under pretty intense fire for their handling of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pagaent. Having watched a bit of the coverage, there is no denying it was very bad. Rain-soaked camera lenses, blown shots, and meaningless drivel from the hosts. It was not the BBC's proudest moment, and they have admitted as much.
They treid to fill the gap with banter from the hosts and skits along the banks which backfired. For all the criticism of the hosts, what are they supposed to talk about? How do you discuss 1,000 rain-soaked pleasure craft and their Pimms-soaked passengers? The Queen standing still as a statue, grim smile frozen on her face, waving for nearly three hours? It just isn't a made-for-broadcast event.
One thing that did surprise me was the relative lack of military involvement. At the Trooping of the Colour and the Changing of the Guard, the military provides most of the color and shine. Yet for the Diamond Jubilee the country that was built on the power of her navy left them that navy out of the only celebration on water. Truly odd.