By Jonny Rushing, BBC News websiteSBS, the Australian broadcaster that has been broadcasting the women’s squash final for more than 40 years, was the one to go bust.
Its Australian broadcaster, not the US broadcaster.
The network had to put out a statement saying the network was “in the process of winding down the program due to financial difficulties”.ABC boss Mark Scott said the network would “continue to operate” under the brand new name, “Australia’s leading sports network”.
“It is unfortunate that we have to do this, it’s an awful decision for all of us,” he said.
The final, which took place on Monday, will air on SBS in the US.
It is a major embarrassment for the network as it has been Australia’s top sports broadcaster for decades.SBS has been owned by ABC for more of its 40-year history, and it has broadcast many of the world’s top events including Wimbledon and the NBA finals.
The women’s final, the men’s final and the men and women’s doubles final were broadcast on different networks in different time slots.
The Australian women’s team had a 3-0 lead over the US women’s teams and won the singles championship, before losing in the final.
The US men’s team beat the women by one set, 6-3, 6 to 4.
The men’s singles champion was former US tennis star Nadal.
The finals had a special meaning for Australian fans because the team that beat the US in the first set lost to the Australian team.
Stern, who was a commentator on the finals, tweeted after the game:”There’s no way I can continue as a commentator.”
The women had the opportunity to clinch the title with a win in the women and then a win over the men in the men final.
However, after a 5-5 tie, the US team was able to take the title.ABC said it was in talks with the US authorities to resolve the situation.
“We have been in discussions with the Australian authorities regarding the circumstances surrounding the broadcast of the women final and we are committed to continuing to operate under the ABC brand,” the network said in a statement.
“The ABC has no involvement in the sport of squash.ABC managing director Mark Scott declined to comment on whether SBS had been approached about changing the brand.”
As an ABC business, we have an obligation to uphold and defend our brand, but our focus is on our mission and ensuring our audiences receive a compelling and balanced program that is well-balanced, relevant and relevant for all viewers,” he added.ABC chief executive Mark Scott has defended the network’s decision to move to a brand new format.”
I think we’ve done our due diligence and our due work with our brand partners and it is time to move on,” he told a media conference.”
What’s important is that we stay in the game.”ABC said the final had been cancelled after an Australian Tennis Association investigation.”
A decision to cease operations at the end of the Australian women final is not based on any specific allegations of abuse of any kind.
The ABC takes all allegations of child abuse very seriously and we take these matters very seriously,” it said.ABC will still be offering coverage of the US men and the Australian Open, the women say.
Topics:sport,sport-and-fitness,government-and.independents,business-economics-and/or-finance,women,australia,united-statesFirst posted March 11, 2019 06:24:42Contact Sarah MacdonaldMore stories from Victoria