Channels/sites to watch world champs live (100m finals tomorrow morning)

Have universal sports… but on their schedule apparently they wont be showing live? so whats the deal? any good quality sites then?

You can try this one:

Channel 4 drops Ortis Deley as main athletics presenter

Hundreds complained about The Gadget Show host’s move to fronting world championships coverage

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John Plunkett, Wednesday 31 August 2011 11.45 BST
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Ortis Deley presenting masterclass by yidioh
Channel 4 has dropped Ortis Deley as main presenter of its coverage of the world athletics championships following hundreds of complaints from viewers.

Deley, previously best known as one of the hosts of Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, has struggled in the live presenting role and was described by Giles Smith, a critic at the Times, as wearing an “expression that brings to mind furry creatures and headlamps”.

Channel 4 is broadcasting the championships for the first time – after 27 years with the BBC – and promised a showcase for the broadcaster’s “innovative approach to live sport”.

But the coverage has not gone down well with some viewers; the number of complaints is said to be in the “low hundreds” since the championships began on 27 August.

Not all of the complaints related to Deley, with viewers also unhappy that the coverage is interrupted by advertising having previously been on the commercial-free BBC, a fact the broadcaster is unable to do anything about.

Deley will remain with Channel 4’s presenting team in Daegu, South Korea, but will no longer be the main presenter.

He has been replaced by Rick Edwards, who presented the channel’s world athletics highlights programmes.

Channel 4 will be keen to get the tone of its athletics coverage right as it prepares to broadcast next year’s Paralympics.

It is due to broadcast about 150 hours of live coverage from the games which, along with the Olympics, have been the domain of the BBC.

Edwards, like Deley, does not have a background steeped in athletics. A former presenter of Channel 4’s teen strand, T4, he hosted a show on London radio station Xfm.

He also presents Channel 4’s Paralympics preview show, That Paralympic Show.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman confirmed Deley would no longer be lead presenter of its coverage but said he would remain part of the broadcaster’s presenting team.

“Channel 4 is committed to developing new presenting talent and this extends to our coverage of sporting events,” said the spokeswoman.

"Ortis Deley’s role in Korea covering the world athletics has been scaled back but he will continue to be on air for the duration of the competition.

“In total we have a team of 10 commentators covering this event from Michael Johnson and well-loved British athletes Dean Macey, Katharine Merry and Iwan Thomas to new presenters.”

I’ve watched hours of it uninterrupted with the Eurosport guys (so much better than Tom Hammond and co.) at

Whats that womans name that was on SBS2. She don’t do it for me.

I agree, if Eurosport are covering a meeting I don’t bother with BBC coverage (too many interviews and comment from pundits) watched 10 mins of Channel 4 coverage on the first day and switched straight to Eurosport.

4 September 2011

Athletics delivers ratings high for SBS TWO

SBS TWO recorded its highest audience for 2011 last night with a metro average audience of 154,000 and a regional average audience of 91,000 tuning in to see Sally Pearson take gold in the 100m hurdles, live on Day 8 of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

The broadcast was also the fourth most watched program on SBS TWO to date.

SBS’s coverage of the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics has so far reached 2,497,000 viewers nationally for at least five minutes of consecutive viewing, from Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 September.

“We’re proud that SBS’s coverage of the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics has given Australians the opportunity to cheer on champions like Sally Pearson, Mitchell Watt, Jared Tallent and Richard Colman,” says Ken Shipp, Head of Sport at SBS.

SBS’s broadcast of the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics is hosted by David Basheer with expert analysis from Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jane Flemming.

The coverage continues tonight with Sally Pearson’s medal ceremony, Henry Frayne in the men’s triple jump final and the 4 x 100m relays from 8pm on SBS TWO. Daily highlights featuring Sally Pearson’s 100m hurdles victory are at 7pm tonight on SBS TWO