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Rafter
05-25-2011, 11:25 PM
The Bold coverage was fantastic for diehard fans, but I'm sure Skate Canada was more concerned with having live primetime coverage on CTV and TSN, which CBC couldn't offer. CBC aired Thursday and Friday coverage at 3pm and midnight, when people are at work or in bed. They couldn't air coverage on Saturday night because of hockey, and any primetime coverage on Sunday night was taped. Skate Canada couldn't have been thrilled with that--it's certainly not a good way to build viewership across Canada.

Good point.

TSN2 is showing tons of live coverage of the French Open so I'm hopeful they'll be able to do the same thing with skating.

I'm just happy I'll get to see more of Rod Black. :D :swoon:

manhn
05-25-2011, 11:37 PM
Do people expect CTV to air skating in primetime instead of American Idol?

algonquin
05-25-2011, 11:39 PM
Do people expect CTV to air skating in primetime instead of American Idol?No, same goes with NHL games on TSN.

flowerpower
05-25-2011, 11:42 PM
I'm just happy I'll get to see more of Rod Black. :D :swoon:

He was always easy on the eyes! :lol:

(Which was just as well, considering his commentary back in the early days...)

KatieC
05-25-2011, 11:54 PM
I don't want to listen to Rod Black - just last night I put in a tape of the Olympic figure skating gala - and had to listen to him. Annoying. I like PJ.

Maybe I'm just feeling cranky at the moment.

jp1andonly
05-26-2011, 12:15 AM
Good point.

TSN2 is showing tons of live coverage of the French Open so I'm hopeful they'll be able to do the same thing with skating.

I'm just happy I'll get to see more of Rod Black. :D :swoon:

TSN 2 often shows all of curling events starting from the first draw...even draws when canada isnt playing. Hopefully they will show lots of live stuff for skating as well

quebecoise
05-26-2011, 12:23 AM
Really disappointed, but I hope they will show as much as did Bold, CBC and cbcsports.ca I will miss CBC's team if they are not engaged to TSN-CTV.

alilou
05-26-2011, 12:31 AM
I will miss PJ :(

Maybe they will get her to do complete live coverage on TSN2 like we had on Bold. Fingers crossed.

Used to love Rod Black back in the day. Then he reappeared for the Olys. Just dire. Truly annoying. If I had a dollar for every time he said Patrick Chan during the mens competition (both short and long) I'd be a very rich woman :rolleyes: And I'm a Chan fan.

Rafter
05-26-2011, 12:53 AM
Do people expect CTV to air skating in primetime instead of American Idol?

Are Skate Canada and Canadians on primetime on the nights American Idol are on?

ETA: I don't watch AI, but I assume it's not on TV on a Thurs, Friday or Sat night.

bibi24
05-26-2011, 01:43 AM
I don't want to listen to Rod Black - just last night I put in a tape of the Olympic figure skating gala - and had to listen to him. Annoying. I like PJ.

Maybe I'm just feeling cranky at the moment.

What about Barbara Underhill?

Parsley Sage
05-26-2011, 01:52 AM
Do people expect CTV to air skating in primetime instead of American Idol?

Skate Canada doesn't conflict with AI. Canadians might for one or two nights depending on the schedules

WildRose
05-26-2011, 02:06 AM
Barb Underhill is a skating expert, not a professional announcer - they always have to have a network person too. Rod Black is the network guy CTV always assigns to skating, so CTV will have Rod Black doing the broadcasts with 1 or 2 skaters. Problem is...Rod thinks he's a skating expert, but he isn't. If he'd just ask questions of the experts, or better yet shut up, it would be fine - but he blathers on about stuff he knows nothing about. I'm sure he's a very nice person, and I think he genuinely likes skating, but in all the years he's covered the sport he's learned virtually nothing about it. The man annoys me no end. I expect CTV will go with the commentators they had during the Olympics: Sale & Pelletier, Liz Manley etc. Rod loves Elvis, so they may hire him to do the men, in which case all they'll talk about is the quad because that's all either of them think is important.

Skate Talker
05-26-2011, 02:11 AM
Hoping for the best but expecting not all the changes will be for the better. I know we were almost always on tenterhooks most of the season with CBC as to whether on not they would cover certain events. This year very limited Four Continents. I know they found it expensive so this isn't really the biggest of surprises.

Not a Rod Black fan as he ruined skating for me by going on ad naseum about Mr Stojko - all Elvis all the time, even when he wasn't skating. Hopefully he will not do the same with Patrick. The lad already has enough haterzzzz.


TSN 2 often shows all of curling events starting from the first draw...even draws when canada isnt playing. Hopefully they will show lots of live stuff for skating as well

Actually this is one of my first concerns when I saw this thread as there is often a conflict with Figure Skating and Curling World Championships on at the same time. Although possibly we are still talking CBC having the World Figure Skating so I guess I will just have to try to be patient.

The way we watch skating around the world has changed a lot since CTV last had these events so there is every possibility they will have a different approach now too.

I was in seventh heaven with PJ and the complete coverage LIVE. However, if CTV does not plan to cover all the skaters then hopefully Skate Canada will pick up the slack on SkateBuzz at least.

flowerpower
05-26-2011, 02:16 AM
I will miss PJ :(


Me too. It would be great if TSN2 were to hire her.

RE: Rod Black...


Then he reappeared for the Olys. Just dire. Truly annoying. If I had a dollar for every time he said Patrick Chan during the mens competition (both short and long) I'd be a very rich woman :rolleyes: And I'm a Chan fan.

Right, but I remember him being even worse in the past, especially when he first started and knew nothing about skating (and it showed, lol! He's improved a bit, but still....) Plus he's the master of lines like, "Elvis has left the building...." :scream:

flowerpower
05-26-2011, 02:44 AM
The man annoys me no end. I expect CTV will go with the commentators they had during the Olympics: Sale & Pelletier, Liz Manley etc. Rod loves Elvis, so they may hire him to do the men, in which case all they'll talk about is the quad because that's all either of them think is important.

I agree about Rod.

Coming back to Barb Underhill, though...I really enjoyed her commentary for CBC - professional, informative, good insights. I would enjoy hearing from her again.

I hope they look beyond the Oly commentators. Victor Kraatz, in particular, seemed lost.