Sport on Freeview Week Commencing Jan 23rd 2016

Hello, welcome to this week’s blog.

There’s the Freeview Sport listings as always, on this main page, but may I draw your attention to my other pages (links at the top of the site), which will also be updated every Friday as well going forward:

Vinyl Revival – Each week, I’ll be reviewing an LP I’ve bought to play on my new record player.  Some old, some new, Herb Alpert, Tony Christie and Ken Dodd the first records I’ve reviewed!

Sports TV Rights – This will build up over time, a guide to where you can watch all of your favourite Sports.  If you think I’ve got something incorrect on this page, please do contact me.

MC/Compere Work – On here, you’ll find a list of the events you can see me at during 2016 and also my work to date.  Again, please feel free to contact me for more information.

BT Showcase – if it’s been on BT Showcase, or it’s going to be on BT Showcase (Freeview Channel 59), I will list it here – bookmark it, and keep checking for updates!

Chris’s Diaries – For a bit of fun, I’ve added a page, where I’ll post some of my diaries and memoirs from over the years.  Please let me know what you think!

As I say, sport listings will carry on – but just thought I’d add a couple of side pages to keep me busy.

BBC Snooker Collection

Some great stuff on there now – including an episode of ‘Pot Black ’83’ between Alex Higgins and Jimmy White!

Bradford Sports Awards

Bradford is my home town, so proud to provide details of Bradford’s first ever Sports Awards.  Should be a great event – see below on how you can buy tickets…

Active Bradford are proud to present the inaugural Bradford Sports Awards. The Awards, sponsored by Provident, will take place at The Bradford Hotel on Thursday 25th February 2016. Eighteen awards across five categories will recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and volunteers at every level of sport in Bradford. The event will be a ticketed Dinner hosted by BBC Sports Presenter Tanya Arnold.

Tickets are priced at just £35 +VAT whilst VIP tickets are also available for £45 +VAT. Tables seating ten people can also be purchased. All tickets include a three course dinner and access to the event. Please follow the below links to book your place;


VIP TICKETS:—gold-ticket

More information on the Bradford Sports Awards can be found here and here


Eurosport – This Week Highlights (23-29 January)


Highlights this week include:

Tennis: LIVE Australian Open

Cycling: Revolution Series

Figure Skating: ISU European Championships

Alpine Skiing: FIS World Cup from Kitzbuhel


23-31 Jan: LIVE Australian Open

This week the 2016 Australian Open continues with LIVE and exclusive coverage only on Eurosport.

The last-16 gets underway with many of the title contenders expected to be fighting for tournament glory. The second week in the 2015 edition saw Murray produce demanding performances against Nick Kyrgios and Thomas Berdych before losing in four sets to Novak Djokovic in the final. It was Murray’s fourth defeat in final of the Australian Open, more than any other player. Murray will be hoping to go one step further and add the title to his Grand Slam wins at the US Open and Wimbledon.

Serena Williams clinched last year’s title in what started a dominant year for the American as she went on to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles, notching a total of 21 Grand Slam titles.

Eurosport’s studio will be presented by Rob Curling with Greg Rusedksi, Virginia Wade and Miles Maclagan among the expert pundits. Simon Reed, Chris Bradnam and Jo Durie are among the commentary line-up.

Up to 16 live courts will also be available via the Eurosport Player at


Saturday 23 January

12.00am-9.15am Day six on Eurosport 2 HD

12.00am-1.45pm Day six on Eurosport 1 HD


Sunday 24 January

12.00am-9.30am Day seven on Eurosport 2 HD

12.00am-1.45pm Day seven on Eurosport 1 HD


Monday 25 January

12.00am-1.45am Day eight on Eurosport 1 HD

12.00am-6.00pm Day eight on Eurosport 1 HD


Tuesday 26 January

12.00am-6.15am Quarter-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

08.00am-12.30pm Quarter-finals on Eurosport 1 HD


Wednesday 27 January

12.00am-6.15 Quarter-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

8.00am-11.30pm Quarter-finals on Eurosport 1 HD


Thursday 28 January

2.30am-6.30am Women’s semi-finals on Eurosport 1 HD

8.00am-11.30am Men’s semi-finals on Eurosport 1 HD


Friday 29 January

5.00am-7.00am Women’s doubles final on Eurosport 1 HD

6.00-11.30am Men’s semi-finals on Eurosport 1 HD


Saturday 30 January

8.00am-10.45am Women’s final on Eurosport 1 HD

10.45am-01.00pm Men’s doubles final on Eurosport 1 HD


Sunday 31 January

5.00am-07.00am Mixed doubles final on Eurosport 1 HD

8.00-12.00pm Men’s final on Eurosport 1 HD


23 January: LIVE Revolution Track Series from Manchester

The final round of the 2015-16 season takes place at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester where the Elite Championship and HOY Future Stars will be decided.

Team Wiggins took the lead in round five, but with Team Pedalsure and Maloja Pushbikers close behind, the scene is set for some excellent racing in the season finale.

The previous round featured a special GB vs Team Wiggins teams pursuit, which the latter won and put them in top of the standings in the Elite Championship. The quartet from Team Wiggins, Steven Burke, Owain Doull, Jon Dibben and Andy Tennant beat the GB team made up of Christ Latham, Ollie Wood, Kian Emadi and Mark Cavendish.


Tune into Eurosport 2 HD and enjoy LIVE coverage from the final round of the season.

Saturday 23 January

8.00pm-10.00pm Round six on Eurosport 2 HD


23-24 January: LIVE FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Kitzbuhel


This week’s action comes from Kitzbuhel, one of the most prestigious and challenging events on the Alpine Skiing World Cup calendar. It features the men’s combined, slalom and downhill events.


Eurosport expert Didier Cuche has been the master of the Kitzbuhel downhill in recent years, winning the event on four occasions in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. This, along with his win back in 1998, makes him the most successful skier on the famous ‘Streif’ circuit.

Marcel Hirscher is the defending men’s overall champion; his overall title in 2014-15 ensured he became the first ever male skier to win four consecutive overall titles.

Defending giant slalom and overall champion Anna Fenninger will miss the entirety of the season due to a knee injury sustained in her pre-season. This opens the door for American duo Mikaela Schiffrin and Lindsey Vonn, who entered the year as favourites. Switzerland’s Lara Gut and Austria’s Eva-Maria will also be ones to watch in Kitzbuhel.

Competitors attempt to achieve the best time in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, super-G, and downhill. The fifth event, the combined, employs the downhill and slalom.

Saturday 23 January

10.45am-12.15pm Men’s downhill on Eurosport 2 HD


Sunday 24 January

09.30am-10.30am Men’s slalom first run on Eurosport 2 HD

12.30pm-01.30pm Men’s slalom second run on Eurosport 2 HD



25-31 January: LIVE ISU European Figure Skating Championships


The 2016 European Figure Skating Championships will be held at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia. Medals will be awarded in the disciplines of men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pairs, and ice dancing.

British pair Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland will enter the competition targeting a medal after some promising performances this year. The duo endured a nightmare championship last year, scoring low in the short dance and eventually withdrawing from the free dance. Their main rivals will be reigning 2013 world and European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy and reigning champions Gabrilla Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France.

Javier Fernández of Spain will be looking to retain his title in the men’s singles event. Fernandez was the first Spanish skater to have ever won a medal at a major figure skating event. In the women’s singles event, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva will be the one to watch.

Wednesday 27 January

11.30am-2.30pm Ladies’ short programme on Eurosport 2 HD

7.30pm-9.30pm Men’s short programme on Eurosport 2 HD


Thursday 28 January

1.30pm-4.00pm Short dance on Eurosport 2 HD

7.00pm-9.00pm Men’s free on Eurosport 2 HD


Friday 29 January

2.00pm-4.00pm Pairs’ short programme on Eurosport 2 HD

7.00pm-9.00pm Women’s free on Eurosport 2 HD


Saturday 30 January

3.00pm-5.00pm Dance free on Eurosport 2 HD


Sunday 31 January

3.45pm-6.00pm Highlights of gala exhibition on Eurosport 2 HD


Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 are available on BT TV, Sky, Virgin Media and Virgin Media Ireland, and online via Eurosport Player.


Motors TV

4. Motors TV 23-29 Jan

Full listings for the week ahead on Motors TV, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Freeview Channel 71.


Saturday 23/01/2016 06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest David Beckham
  06:05 – 06:55 BBC2 General Race to Superbowl 50 American Football action.
  07:05 – 08:00 Channel 4 General International Snowdon Race
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  09:00 – 10:00 Challenge General TNA Xplosion
10:30 – 12:00 BBC Red Button General Bowls LIVE Semi Final from the World Indoor Championships
12:00 – 14:30 BBC Red Button General Snowboarding Men’s Slopestyle from Switzerland
12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
13:00 – 14:00 BBC1 Tennis Australian Open Highlights from Day 6.
13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE From Ascot and Haydock Park.
14:00 – 16:30 BBC1 General Bowls LIVE Semi Final from the World Indoor Championships
14:30 – 17:30 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football updates.
16:30 – 17:10 BBC1 Football Final Score Football updates.
17:30 – 19:30 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Replay of the Women’s Downhill from Italy.
21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship: Football League Tonight Including QPR v Wolves
22:00 – 22:30 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush: Football League Tonight Including Bristol Rovers v Plymouth Argyle.
22:25 – 23:55 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including West Ham v Man City.
  23:35 – 00:35 BBC2 General Bowls Semi Final highlights.
Sunday 24/01/2016 09:30 – 11:30 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Men’s Slalom from Kitzbuhel
  12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra With Mark Chapman
12:30 – 14:30 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Men’s Slalom from Kitzbuhel
13:00 – 14:00 BBC2 Tennis Australian Open Highlights from Day 7.
14:00 – 17:15 BBC2 General Bowls LIVE Final of the World Indoor Championships
17:15 – 18:00 BBC2 General Ski Sunday
  19:00 – 20:00 Quest General Dakar Rally Highlights
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Impact Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:30 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 Including Arsenal v Chelsea.
Monday 25/01/2016 06:00 – 06:05 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Bobby Moore
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 General World Rally Championship Highlights from the Rallye Monte Carlo.
  23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights Bundesliga action.
Tuesday 26/01/2016 16:45 – 18:45 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Men’s Slalom with Austria
19:45 – 21:45 BBC Red Button General Ski Sunday Extra Men’s Slalom with Austria
23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 General Race to Super Bowl 50 Play Off Highlights
Wednesday 27/01/2016 23:05 – 00:05 Channel 5 Football League Cup Highlights Semi Final Second leg action
Thursday 28/01/2016 14:00 – 15:00 BBC2 Tennis Australian Open Semi Final Highlights
  19:30 – 20:30 BBC Red Button Football The Beautiful Gamer Dan Walker presents a 5 live Sport special from the National Football Museum in Manchester looking at the growth of football gaming on computers and games consoles over the last four decades.
  22:00 – 22:30 BBC2 General The Clare Balding Show With Felipe Massa
Friday 29/01/2016 14:00 – 15:00 BBC2 Tennis Australian Open Semi Final Highlights
  19:00 – 21:00 BBC Red Button Rugby Union Pro 12 Live Newport Dragons v Leinster
  19:30 – 22:00 BBC1 Football FA Cup Match of the Day Live Derby County v Man United 4th Round

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