International skating coverage on CDN TV....

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International skating coverage on CDN TV....

Post by Elizabeth » Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:57 pm

It appears that we may be deprived of our usual access to CBC's coverage of ISU skating. As I had heard during last season, their contract with the ISU expired, and it appears that they have not yet negotiated a new one :(

Using their tweet about Battle of the Blades as a "springboard" on Twitter, I said:
Can't wait for the return of Battle of the Blades!

Now if CBC would just confirm that they will be broadcasting International Figure Skating competitions this year, especially with Worlds in Montreal in March!!
Their reply:
At this time,CBC does not own the broadcast rights to the ISU Figure Skating season.We will continue to follow the stories of Canada's athletes through our editorial and social platforms and should we be successful in reacquiring the rights,we will ensure everyone is made aware.

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Re: International skating coverage on CDN TV....

Post by happyheini » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:51 pm

Not very encouraging to say the least. And CTV or TSN will show it only on their prime channels I am sure drat!

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Re: International skating coverage on CDN TV....

Post by Elizabeth » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:41 pm

It doesn't sound like there is a contract between the ISU and anyone for the Canadian broadcast rights, at least not yet.

If there is no rights holder for Canada, we should be able to access the ISU feed directly but any TV coverage might be limited to what the US rights-holder (NBC) puts on their main channel :(

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Re: International skating coverage on CDN TV....

Post by Judy » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:47 pm

I’ve just emailed CBC too.
If you’d like to contact them about coverage, I found it at:
cbchelp.cbc.ca

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Re: International skating coverage on CDN TV....

Post by Elizabeth » Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:29 pm

Please let us know if you get a reply and what they say, Judy!

I understand that the ISU has a new agency that is doing the negotiating with various countries regarding broadcast rights and I wonder if that may explain why there is no contract yet. If so, perhaps there is still some hope....

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