Story: Television

Cartoon about sport on television

Cartoon about sport on television

As this cartoon from 2006 implies, sport became an increasingly important part of television watching. Until the 1990s TV One hosted much local cricket and rugby, and provided extensive coverage of international events like the Olympic Games and the football and rugby world cups. Even competitions like America's Cup yachting became highly rated television events. The advent of subscriber-based Sky TV led to a growing concentration of major events on Sky Sport, and the free-to-air channels reduced their coverage of sport. The importance of television coverage led the sports themselves to adjust by playing more games at night during television prime time.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0002201
Cartoon by Allan Charles Hawkey

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Trisha Dunleavy, 'Television - Light entertainment and sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Trisha Dunleavy, published 22 Oct 2014