The FIFA World Cup has never been discussed and debated to such an extent, and such mistrust of the hosts has rarely been seen. Television companies take this into account with many documentaries.
12.11.2022 |: As of 3:27 p.m
The title chances of the DFB team, the World Cup favorites or the potential stars of the tournament, sporting topics are almost secondary in the media ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
The focus is on the controversial host’s human rights record, his treatment of foreign workers, gay and women’s rights, or the circumstances surrounding FIFA’s awarding of a mini-state with no footballing tradition.
A particular challenge for media rights holders Telekom, ARD and ZDF is finding a balance between live sports and topics other than football. “Of course, the topics are very different. Here comes the familiar picture of the balancing act we have to do,” says ZDF team leader Christoph Hamm. One can “imagine more beautiful locations for such a big event,” comments Harald Dietz, Hamm’s ARD colleague. “But it is clear to us that this is not an ordinary sports World Cup.”
In the months leading up to the World Cup, Telekom, ARD and ZDF provided a lot of background information on Qatar and the situation there. Shortly before the start of the audience on November 20, they activated the reports. Other broadcasters such as RTL or ProSieben also have and had documentaries about Qatar and FIFA’s infamous role in their programs.
Documentaries shed light on the background of the World Cup
Telekom, which owns the rights to all 64 games, has already shown the documentary “No Rainbow in the Desert” on MagentaTV at the end of September. The film can also be viewed for free on YouTube.
Among other things, ARD has a thematic day on Qatar in its program on Monday. First, at 20:15, former national player and ARD expert Thomas Hitzlsperger’s “Qatar. why only” movie. “We were in Nepal and Qatar. And we talked to people who bring a new perspective,” says the 40-year-old. He spoke to the workers and the workers who died in the accident. He also interviewed national team goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Ilkay Gundogan. “It was important to me,” Hitzlsperger says of his film. “I was glad that I did it, because I can say: When the World Cup starts, I’m critical about it.”
At 22:50, Philippe Sommer and ARD correspondent Ramin Sina will broadcast the “World Cup of Lies. how FIFA puts it nicely in Qatar” theme day. The film focuses on FIFA and its president, Gianni Infantino. “We are checking the facts. We are looking at Infantino’s statements and verifying them,” Cena explained. “We chose three points: the sustainability of this World Cup, then how much this World Cup can advance society in Qatar and how much the World Cup will advance football.”
The ZDF documentary “Geheimsache Qatar” by Jochen Breuer and Julia Friedrichs, which aired on Tuesday, showed that the World Cup was anything but a regular World Cup. In it, the ambassador of the World Cup, Khalid Salman, caused unanimous indignation with his homophobic statements. The second also produced Delphine López and Pierre-Stephane Fort’s World Cup Scandal. How Qatar buys football” movie.
November 19 (23:30) “Sportstudio” is completely dedicated to the World Championship. A day later, the ball is rolling in Qatar. Then the actual journalistic balancing act for the stations begins for four weeks.
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