Olympic organizers on Thursday slammed a South Korean TV station for an unauthorized broadcast of a dress rehearsal for the Games opening ceremony but the network said on Thursday it shot the footage legitimately.
The broadcast by the private SBS network has irked Chinese organizers who had, according to state media, made performers sign confidentiality agreements not to divulge details of the August 8 ceremony.
Read the whole article yourself, but here's another little excerpt:
"We went, and nobody stopped us. So we just shot," a staff reporter at SBS's sports desk said in Seoul.
Many people are rightly upset, to which SBS responded with:
SBS spokesman Park Jae-man said it was regrettable if Beijing Olympics organizers felt offended by the broadcast.
"The purpose of the broadcast was aimed at heightening enthusiasm toward the Beijing Olympics by showing South Korean viewers the magnificence of the opening ceremony, there was no other intention," Park said, adding that his company didn't secretly tape it.
The idiocy and arrogance are staggering. The video seems to have been taken off Youtube and Liveleak, but it just ran on Good Morning America, and is currently available in this article via ABC.