Ive heard several people on the net today talking about rumours that the BBC is planning to launch a sports channel. Is this true? If it is true then great because this might bring back some sport to the BBC. Do you think this is/would be a good idea?
I heard the same somewhere, but that's going back a few months now!
Asa3,232 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
The Beeb are joining up with NTL to create a sports channel but it won't be branded as 'BBC....'
It will launch within a month of the ITV Sport Channel in August.
(Oh, good news: http://mediasales.carltononline.com/mediasales/home/itv_on_sat.html
It's not a BBC Sports Channel as such. It's a joint venture between the BBC and NTL content subsidiary, Premium TV. It will have live footage of programme rights held by NTL supported by archive footage from the BBC. It's expected to show live basketball, ice hockey, superbikes and possibly some horse racing. The channel will be called 'British Sport' and will focus on British sporting events. Apparently it will launch within a month of the ITV Sports Channel.
Whilst on the subject of sport, what has happened to Sky Sports portfolio of football, it will be very diminished from next season.
BBC have the live England Internationals, FA Cup & UEFA Cup.
ITV have live Worthington Cup, Nationwide League, Champions League & Premiership Highlights.
Sky have the Premiership live.
I know Sky cover many sports but football coverage is the main reason for it's success.
You will find the frequency of the test cards of BBC Sport at http://www.lyngsat.com/dig/skyuk.shtml
frequency 12441 V
(Edited by PZG at 11:51 pm on June 3, 2001)