Commonwealth Games 2014: guide

Sally Pearson Australian FlagTEN’s exclusive coverage of the XX Commonwealth Games begins on Thursday July 24.

TEN will broadcast more than 260 hours across TEN and ONE from Glasgow. In addition there will be eight dedicated digital channels on tenplay.com.au.

TEN’s presentation team includes Mel McLaughlin, Ian Thorpe, Matt White, Brad McEwan, Nicole Livingstone, Rob DeCastella, David Culbert, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Liz Ellis, Sharelle McMahon, Matt Burke, Gordon Bray, Greg Rust, Mark Howard, Lachy Reid, Peter Donegan and Ian Cohen.

Network Ten Head of Sport, David Barham, said: “The Glasgow Games are on track to be one of the most memorable Commonwealth Games ever and Network Ten is delighted to bring all the action to Australians with some of the country’s most successful athletes.

“The combination of TEN, ONE and tenplay, as well as our experienced presenters and commentators, will ensure that Network Ten’s coverage of this international sporting event is comprehensive, compelling and engaging.”

Jessica Mauboy will perform at the Flag Handover Ceremony during the Closing Ceremony, to mark the official handover to the Gold Coast in 2018.

Live coverage begins daily at 6pm AEST on ONE and continues until 9:30pm most nights when it switches to TEN and continues overnight until 8:30am AEST.

Replays will broadcast on ONE during the daytime.

The scheduling has been built around the timezone differences. The majority of Finals will take place from 2am AEST. This means general entertainment titles will still play on TEN daytimes until around 9:30pm on most nights.

A TEN spokesperson told TV Tonight, “TEN will continue with its current program schedule which includes all new episodes of Family Feud, The Project, Offspring, Extant, 24: Live Another Day, Under The Dome, MasterChef Australia and others, as well as new seasons of The Bachelor Australia. ONE’s coverage of the XX Commonwealth Games will include any live sport during this time.”

However with the exception of the final night, there is also no alternative coverage on ONE when TEN switches to Live coverage. It seems strange that the HD sports channel will screen repeats of Law & Order: SVU and Blokesworld during this time -and I suspect viewers will weigh in with opinions here.

“The format, time difference and the event schedule of the 11 days of competition works for a unified broadcast,” said the spokesperson.

All times AEST:

July 24 – 25
5:30 -8:30am TEN Live Opening Ceremony with Mel McLaughlin, Gordon Bray, Nicole Livingstone and Liz Ellis.
6pm-9:30pm ONE Live
9:30pm – 8:30am TEN Live

July 25 – 26
8:30am – 6pm ONE replay
6pm – 8:30pm ONE Live
8:30pm – 8:30am TEN Live

July 26 – 27
8:30am -6pm ONE replay
6pm – 8:30pm ONE Live
8:30pm – 8:30am TEN Live

July 27- 28
8:30am -6pm ONE replay
6pm – 10pm ONE Live
10pm -8:30am TEN Live

July 28 – 29
8:30am -6pm ONE replay
6pm – 9:30pm ONE Live
9:30pm – 8:30am TEN Live

July 29 – 30
8:30am -6pm ONE replay
6pm – 9:30pm ONE Live
9:30pm – 8:30am TEN Live

July 30 – 31
8:30am -6pm ONE replay
6pm – 10pm ONE Live
10pm – 8:30am TEN Live

July 31 – Aug 1
8:30am -6pm ONE replay
6pm – 9:30pm ONE Live
9:30pm – 8:30am TEN Live

Aug 1 – 2
8:30am -6pm ONE replay
6pm – 8:30pm ONE Live
8:30pm – 8:30am TEN Live

Aug 2 -3
8:30am -6pm ONE replay
6pm – 8:30pm ONE Live
8:30pm – 8:30am TEN Live

Aug 3 – 4
8:30am -6pm ONE replay
6pm – 9:30pm ONE Live
9:30pm – 11pm ONE Live
9:30pm -2:30am TEN Live

Aug 4
5:30am – 8:00am TEN Live Closing Ceremony
8:30am – 6pm ONE replay

Details of specific sports events will be at ten.com.au

20 Comments:

  1. Perth is set to lose just over 2 hours of live coverage of Glasgow on day 4 due to the F1 and why can’t Ten think to air it on 11 if Ten will play MCA and Extant or even bump MCA and Extant to allow for live coverage

  2. @William – And Ian Thorpe and Mark Howard will be covering the aquatics events. Mark Howard has a lot of experience than Ian Thorpe since he joined Ten back in 2009. I can remember when he presented the swimming back in 2010 Comm Games.
    There is no point as to whether the Motorsport clashing with the Comm Games.

  3. Nic Liv and Lachy Reid will be doing swimming. Roz Kelly, Tim Gossage is heading over to Glasgow as a reporter which could also mean commentating. Is Brad McEwan and Roger Oldridge heading to Glasgow

  4. Given that 24:LAD is now on at 9:30pm at night and coverage on Monday’s moves from One to Ten at 9:30pm, it would seem that they will stop showing it during the games. Either that, or it will have another shift in timeslot just to shaft the viewers.

  5. @joebloggs Surely you would consider Ian Thorpe as being qualified to commentate swimming! Also Nicole Livingstone has been commentating the swimming for at least a decade for various events.

  6. David, I wasn’t accusing you of dirty tricks, I was referring to the TEN website you linked to. Nowhere on that website is there details of what sports are on particular days so we can set our PVRs. I know there are ways of getting around this by going to the Commonwealth Games’ own websites but you would think that TEN on its website for the games would be more forthcoming about what sports they will be showing and at what times instead of just providing a few bios of swimmers and other Aussie athletes.

  7. @Veritas – There is no point of Dirty tricks when broadcasting mulit sport events. You can go back to 2012 when Nine puts replays of the action during the live coverage of London 2012. And same as Vancouver 2010 when Nine hasn’t finalised the sports they have on.

  8. No details about what days and times specific sports will be on so you can plan your viewing around specific sports. Very much like that dirty trick Seven pulled for their Beijing Olympics coverage forcing everybody to watch it all in the hope their favourite sport will be shown.

    • There was no dirty trick. I simply did not have room nor energy to detail multiple sports across multiple days. There are limits to how much Programming info I am prepared to offer for events like this. Similarly I did not offer every World Cup team for SBS. I clearly provided a link for more detail at the end of the story where TEN will give more Comm Games info. Thanks.

  9. What happens when F1 and Comm Games are on at the same time does that mean no MasterChef and Extant for WA viewers
    @Shoudy Chen – yes there will be live coverage into WA

  10. Channel Ten are doing the same thing they did during the Winter Olympics, cannibalising themselves by putting live coverage on ONE up against their big reality franchises. Also, I hope when coverage switches to TEN it stops on ONE, otherwise they will end up with low ratings on each channel.

  11. Considering how well received the split coverage on ONE/Ten was for the Winter Olympics it’s surprising they’ve dropped it. Guess they are just too scared to split the audience, although without doubt I’m sure the combined audience for Ten/One would be higher with live action on both than with One screening repeats.

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