ATHLETICS: Channel 4 hands 2013 World Championships rights to the BBC

December 13, 2012

Channel 4 have offloaded the live rights to the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow to the BBC.

Both broadcasters reached a “commercial agreement” which will see the transfer of the broadcast rights to next year’s showpiece athletics event pass to the corporation.

The last World Championships in Daegu in 2011 were covered by Channel 4, but the broadcaster has decided to pull the plug on their agreement with the IAAF a year early after losing out to the BBC for the next term.

The corporation were due to take back the showcase track and field contract from Channel 4 in 2014 on a four-year deal that includes the World Championships coming to London in 2017.

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ATHLETICS: Channel 4 drops Ortis Deley as World Championships anchor

September 1, 2011

Channel 4 has dropped Ortis Deley as the main presenter of the World Athletics Championships in South Korea following hundreds of complaints.

A spokesman confirmed it had “scaled back” his appearances, but that he would remain on air. Deley, best known for presenting Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, struggled with the live broadcasts.

Footage of his numerous embarrassing on-air gaffes has gone viral via the internet, and have recieved thousands of hits on Youtube.

Channel 4 defended the appointment of the inexperienced Deley, saying ‘it is part of our mandate to give opportunities to new presenters’.

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ATHLETICS: Channel 4 announces World Championships line-up

June 27, 2011

Channel 4 has confirmed its on-screen line-up for the forthcoming IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Four-time Olympic gold-medallist athlete Michael Johnson will be part of a winning line-up of sporting greats hosting the channel’s live and exclusive coverage of the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

The world-famous, nine-time world champion, who is also a regular BBC pundit, will join main presenter Ortis Deley on the flagship programme to give his views on the action from the track.

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