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    CBC Sports Coverage Cuts

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle17912671/

    Skating isn't specifically mentioned, but I don't think any sport will avoid cuts. I hope we don't lose too much coverage here. I think CBC already does it on a shoestring, since they don't even send commentators out to events. Browning and crew usually call them from the CBC's Toronto studio.

    Not sure if Battle of the Blades will survive either, since it's already been iced once.

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    My guess is figure skating is toast. The statement from the head of CBC is that they won't compete with private broadcasters and won't broadcast sports that don't recoup production costs.

    At the very best that means we're going to lose the multiple hour coverage of international events. At worst it means CBC won't broadcast figure skating at all.

    Basically we're going to be in worse shape than the Americans with respect to figure skating coverage is my guess.

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    Woohoo for watching online Eurosport streams!

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    Well there goes Carol Lanes job...

    Can't say I'm surprised.

    Wish at least if they can't broadcast the events on the main channel, the full events would be available online.

    But somehow I already know I am dreaming.

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    Extremely disappointing.

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    We have to wait and see but if the worst comes, we always have the isu free live stream to enjoy is if CBC drops the contract and no other network in Canada takes it up. It will be a bummer if Carol, Kurt and Brenda (she has a better chance as she is not a skating specialist but an allrounder commentator) lose their jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeaganSkater View Post
    Well there goes Carol Lanes job...
    Well, commentating was actually only a part-time job for Carol Lane. She still has a regular job as a skating coach and head of the Scarborough skating program and all.

    It's the other members of the CBC skating and sports team who are used to doing it as a full-time job.

    I hope the CBC cuts refer to professional sports like hockey and those in which athletes are paid a full professional salary. It may not refer to figure skating, per se. PJ Kwong & Scott Russell have tweeted that they haven't heard about figure skating coverage being cut yet (other than the loss of the 'Battle of the Blades' skating show).

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    I mean 130 MILLION DOLLAR shortfall! Thats not a any short margin- its a freaking Blackhole. This is really sad news?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davogt View Post
    Basically we're going to be in worse shape than the Americans with respect to figure skating coverage is my guess.
    The figure skating coverage in the U.S is exceptionally bad - we are fixing to get 2 hours of Worlds coverage, what like 2 weeks after the event.

    My advice - get a really good internet connection and a smart TV where you can play Youtube videos on your TV.

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    I didn't see any coverage in America. Every time I check for it on Universal Sports its cycling or rugby or better yet...running....NEAT

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    Nooooooo!!!!!!!!

    CBC was my refuge since NBC had terrible coverage of Worlds. I'm fortunate enough to be in Maine where one of the good things that Time Warner did was get CBC as a part of our cable package.

    *sigh*

    Universal Sports is part of an entirely different sports package, so in order to get it, you have to get several other channels that I'd probably never watch, so it's not worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramurphy2005 View Post
    Nooooooo!!!!!!!!

    CBC was my refuge since NBC had terrible coverage of Worlds. I'm fortunate enough to be in Maine where one of the good things that Time Warner did was get CBC as a part of our cable package.

    *sigh*

    Universal Sports is part of an entirely different sports package, so in order to get it, you have to get several other channels that I'd probably never watch, so it's not worth it.
    According to this article from 2011, CBC signed a 5 year-contract with the ISU that in theory should go until 2016, so maybe that means figure skating coverage is safe on CBC until 2016?

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/figureskati...ting-1.1005264

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antilles View Post
    Not sure if Battle of the Blades will survive either, since it's already been iced once.
    It didn't. It got shelved for more 'cost effective' programming. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antilles View Post
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle17912671/

    Skating isn't specifically mentioned, but I don't think any sport will avoid cuts. I hope we don't lose too much coverage here. I think CBC already does it on a shoestring, since they don't even send commentators out to events. Browning and crew usually call them from the CBC's Toronto studio.

    Not sure if Battle of the Blades will survive either, since it's already been iced once.

    I was just going to post something about this. Yes, the future of figure skating looks dim on the CBC. The exception is the Olympics according to the article I read. It looks like there will be no more Battle of the Blades. Ron MacLean (Kurt's co-host of Blades) was offered a job at Rogers (who took over the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada program). We still have CTV who might pick up figure skating again, but I will miss the CBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladskater View Post
    I was just going to post something about this. Yes, the future of figure skating looks dim on the CBC. The exception is the Olympics according to the article I read. It looks like there will be no more Battle of the Blades. Ron MacLean (Kurt's co-host of Blades) was offered a job at Rogers (who took over the CBC's Hockey Night in Canada program). We still have CTV who might pick up figure skating again, but I will miss the CBC.
    I don't want Kurt to lose his job as the commentator.

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