Swimming Australia is disappointed that FINA World Championships will air late nights on ONE this week.
They begin today in Shanghai but won’t begin on air until just after midnight.
During the week they will air up to four hours delayed, around 10:30pm or later, as part of ONE’s new approach to primetime on weekdays.
Swimming Australia boss Kevin Neil said the team was upset with the broadcast deal between world governing body FINA and TEN.
“It is separate to the broadcast agreement Swimming Australia has with TEN,” he told the Sunday Telegraph.
“And we are bitterly disappointed that FINA has not insisted to TEN that it should be screened live. We are frustrated but once again we are not the receiver of the revenue and not party to the contract.
“Obviously arrangements between sports and broadcasters are a matter for them to negotiate, but I would hope that consideration is given to showing world championships and trials for Olympic sports in prime time.”
TEN isn’t sending a reporter to Shanghai, but will host and commentate the event from Melbourne.