CBC gets approval for new sports channel
Approval has been granted for a new digital sports channel, tentatively known as CBC Sports Plus, CBC Sports announced Wednesday.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved CBC’s application for an all-sports licence for the channel, which will focus in large part on Canadian sporting events, stories and accomplishments.
“We feel this is great news for both CBC and the Canadian sports system,” said Scott Moore, executive director for CBC Sports.
“For over 50 years, CBC has been Canada’s pre-eminent broadcaster of Canadian sport. We feel with the addition of another platform, we will continue to be a great contributor to Canada’s success in sports at all levels.
“Following on the success of our Beijing Olympic coverage, we feel CBC will now be able to make an even more significant contribution to the success of our Canadian athletes.”
CBC Sports Plus, a Category 2 digital specialty channel, is expected to feature a mix of professional and amateur sports.
The CBC received the approval of its board of governors in January to submit an application for a proposed all-sports channel.
CBC Sports coverage for the remainder of 2008 includes:
The Beijing Olympics.
Paralympic Summer Games.
CBCís Hockey Night in Canada.
BMO Toronto FC.
Presidentís Choice Raptors Basketball.
Rogers Blue Jays Baseball.
Comprehensive FIFA coverage.
Pontiac Alpine Ski Series.
Capital One Grand Slam of Curling.
Canadian and International Championship Figure Skating.
Golden League Track and Field.