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SAG Awards go begging

No Australian network will be airing the Screen Actor's Guild Awards, which take place in the US on Sunday January 30th.

No Australian network will be airing the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, which take place in the US on Sunday January 30th.

Last year it was broadcast on Showcase, but it has passed on the event this year.

It has also previously been aired live by Seven.

Pay TV viewers have grown accustomed to watching Awards events live, including the recent Golden Globe Awards plus Grammys, Tonys, Oscars and more.

Australian nominees this year inclue Nicole Kidman and Geoffrey Rush.

24 Responses

  1. So disappointing, I surfed channels on Foxtel all night wondering how I missed the SAG awards after the Red Carpet showing on E only to find out, it wasn’t being aired. These are the best awards of all. Foxtel, I am sure your patrons would be happier to see it aired even at a later date………

    1. Same with me. I thought I missed something as the red carpets were on E! but I kept looking for the actual awards to see Leonardo win but could not find it anywhere. Why have some other shows that no one watches and yet pass on an awards show that people actually want to watch. Its not like the other shows are rating well ye they keep being repeated.

  2. Very disappointing. Usually a highlight of the foxtel Awards season. Hard to support Australian talent internationally when exposure to peer review is denied us in this way. Does foxtel seriously think the public are more interested in reality drivel and endless repeats! Better off on free to air. Shame foxtel!

  3. What a disappointment! What was their thinking on this? It’s one of the few “valid” award ceremonies, where actors are acknowledged by their peers. Why the red carpet broadcast? Is it a tease or what? Not happy, Foxtel.

  4. I can’t believe it, no sag come on, you show the red carpet and not the show……….i stay home from work very year to watch it, i love the awards,,,,,,,,,,,, please bring it back.

  5. And yet E! has 2 hours from the SAG Awards Red Carpet. Fashion wins out over talent. Very disappointed. One of the main reasons I got Foxtel was because of their showing of these awards. Hopefully I can find a torrent somewhere because that what Australian TV stations have reduced me to time and time again.

  6. Sooo annoyed. I agree with ‘Phillipa’ – we religiously watch the SAGS as part of the award season and as a crucial platform for the Oscars… Can’t believe that no network channel picked it up this year. Shame!

  7. Maybe the SAG Awards are suffering because of low ratings of other awards shows being broadcast. I think people have just grown tired of them and of the over saturation of these shows.

  8. Just a note to Brian: ” the SAG Awards don’t exactly make the front pages of the papers or websites (at least in this country) so many people seeing it at night probably would not know the winners when the show does play.”

    Having hosted SAG Award parties for the past 5 years or so, I can tell you that not only do the midday and evening news carry the major winners, but afternoon editions of papers (including ‘free’ press like MX, and all the Major TV websites (and news websites)) carry the winners front-page as they happen, making it a necessity to stay away from media on the (local) day of the awards.

    As for me… I will try and get someone from the US to send me a Torrent just after the Awards is played there, so that I can play it for MY guests (who booked over 5 months ago) on the evening of Monday 31st.

  9. I think this is a great shame as it certainly is an awards show like no other — also notable are their Lifetime Achievement Awards held during the telecast — this year’s award goes to Ernest Borgnine (his 94th birthday is today and he is as sharp as ever) — with both “McHale’s Navy” and “Airwolf” doing the rounds on the digital channels at the moment and his recent appearance with Bruce Willis in “Red”, it would have an immediate audience for his fans (myself included) as well as those for the nominated movies and tv shows.

    Throwing it away in the middle of the afternoon was a bit of a waste (admittedly it was telecast live) — it would make ideal programming replayed after say at 9.30-10.30pm on a weekend after a show or movie — the SAG Awards don’t exactly make the front pages of the papers or websites (at least in this country) so many people seeing it at night probably would not know the winners when the show does play.

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