Something is coming…
Something that has not happened in many, many years…
SBS has already improved the viewing of Australian skating fans beyond anything they’ve experienced in years. With weekly highlights packages from the top events around the world, and on-demand coverage of the Australian skaters at Four Continents, this season has been nirvana for Australian fans.
And now, it’s about to get even better. SBS have recently announced that their Worlds coverage will comprise of live telecasts of some events, and extended highlights packages in the following weeks.
Yes, that’s right, live.
No, you read it right, it’s not the Olympics, and we’re getting live, free-to-air coverage of figure skating.
SBS will be showing three of the four disciplines, with Ice Dance unfortunately being the one to miss out - I imagine for scheduling issues. Both the pairs’ short program and free skate will be shown, while the ladies and men will have their free skates shown only.
Now, this does come with a bit of a catch. The World Championships are in Boston, USA this year, which means that while, by good luck and the US broadcaster’s desire for night prime time, the men’s and ladies’ free skates will be shown at a perfect hour for Australian viewing, the pairs events shown will require extreme dedication.
So grab your alarm clocks and write it in your diaries, because the World Championships are coming to a television set near you, and this year’s event promises to be an absolutely wonderful battle for supremacy. Who will take home the crown? You’ll just have to watch and find out.
SBS main channel. All times AEDT. Check local guides.
Short program – Saturday 2nd April – 4:15am – 7:45am
Long program – Sunday 3rd April – 3:00am – 6:00am
Long program – Saturday 2nd April – 9:45am – 2:00pm
Long program – Sunday 3rd April – 9:00am – 1:00pm
April 9, 16, 23