Transparency (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
March 7, 2012
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Seb Coe (Chair, LOCOG) and Paul Deighton (CEO, LOCOG)


Gentlemen, about three or four weeks ago there was a Channel 4 Dispatches programme on which indeed Dee Doocey and my colleague Andrew Boff were fairly major contributors. I think that a lot of the problems that we have already been talking about this morning were dealt with in that programme, or those questions were raised, can I ask you whether you two can confidently refute the various allegations that were made in the Dispatches programme or not?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Transparency (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Transparency (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
Seb Coe (Chair, LOCOG) and Paul Deighton (CEO, LOCOG)

Lord Coe (Chair, LOCOG): I did not actually see the programme; I was travelling on Olympic business. I have seen some of the transcripts. I think some of it was actually based on a pretty minimal understanding about the delivery of the Games. Just the confusion of what was a ORN, what actually were the Lanes and so I am not going to get too excited about it but do not conclude from that that we are not a listening organisation. We have very good media relationships, we work very closely with the media and we actually welcome scrutiny.

Richard Tracey (AM): Yes, but the point I am making is that the British public, many of them saw the programme and I am sure many of your advisors did, so can I ask you the question again, are you confidently able to say that most or all of what was said in that programme was untrue?

Paul Deighton (Chief Executive, LOCOG): I did not see the programme. We have been quite busy getting on with delivering the Games so let me put it this way, I think in looking at the questions that came afterwards I think the main one is - back to Mr Boff's question, to summarise it - can you buy access to the Olympic Lanes. The answer is no. So I think the main thing people focused on was the salesmen and were the salesmen overpromising what they could deliver. The answer to that is yes. The chap from Jetset does not work for Jetset and the one who worked for the Thomas Cook iLUKA is no longer working on our sales so we took care of that.

Lord Coe (Chair, LOCOG): Actually I am not sure of what else was said, it is always very difficult to know with those types of programmes.

Richard Tracey (AM): I cannot believe that you did not have a full analysis given to both of you by your press team. I will leave it because there are many more questions that we want to ask about other parts. I think your answers have been noted frankly.

Paul Deighton (Chief Executive, LOCOG): Yes, I think the rest was sort of innuendo and --

Lord Coe (Chair, LOCOG): I hope that in pursuit of some of the questions and answers this morning actually those issues have already been raised.

Paul Deighton (Chief Executive, LOCOG): What I did read on that, and the best thing I read on that, was a wonderful review by Giles Smith in the Times which parodied the programme, which I thought was spot on.