The ABC is under fire for cutting coverage of two women’s national leagues.
The WNBL and the W-League will now be broadcast in back-to-back one-hour highlights packages on ABC1, instead of live games or full match replays.
Live games will still be available online on the ABC’s website, with the W-League also streamed on the Football Federation Australia’s website.
“The Opals, our women’s national basketball team, has just returned home from the London Olympics with it’s fifth straight medal,” said Association national president, Mrs Janice Crosswhite.
“The decision smacks of discrimination and sexism, and is a step backwards and takes us back into the dark ages.”
A Football Federation Australia official said the decision was made in conjunction with the ABC after viewing figures year-on-year for the W-League fell by more than 45,000.
“We made a decision to get more viewers and more awareness to the sport in what is possibly a better timeslot,” the official said.
An ABC representative said the decision to put the W-League and the WNBL on a “slight delay” was no different to Nine’s coverage of Sunday NRL.
“There is no one more committed to promoting women’s sport than the ABC,” he said.
“The format of the telecast will be 60 minutes in order to remove timeouts, half-times.”