Thursday, 29 May

News Release

SBS has today announced its complete slate of programming for the 2014 FIFA World CupTM season with more news, analysis and features than ever before; a show dedicated to the Socceroos and the live online streaming of all 64 matches for the first time.

The programming line-up features key entertainment and factual programming to complement the network’s live and exclusive match coverage and multi-platform offering across TV, online, mobile, tablet and radio.

Helen Kellie, Chief Content Officer, SBS said: “The 2014 FIFA World Cup™ will mesmerise Australians through June and July as the world spotlight shines on Brazil, and at SBS we’ve built a well-earned reputation for our first-class production and presentation.
For over 25 years SBS has brought the World Cup to the living rooms of all Australians and we are incredibly proud and passionate about doing so again this year, with this truly pinnacle global sporting event.

In 2014 we are excited to deliver our biggest, best comprehensive multi-platform programming line-up which will give every Australian the chance to experience the World Cup of a lifetime.

Our programming line-up offers something for all Australians – from live match coverage and news, to new entertainment, movies and landmark documentary series to inspire, challenge and entertain audiences throughout the 2014 World Cup season on SBS.”

Ken Shipp, Director of Sport at SBS said: “For the 2014 FIFA World Cup SBS will be providing more content across more platforms than ever before, making it our biggest World Cup yet. And I'm prepared to say no other media organisation anywhere in the world will offer the depth of coverage SBS will offer."

SBS Media has signed six FIFA World CupTM broadcast partners: Hyundai, Nike, Kia, TAB.com.au, Samsung and TPG.

Adam Sadler, National Sales Manager, SBS Media said: “The response to the FIFA World Cup has been extremely positive and it’s fantastic to have Hyundai, Kia, Nike, Tab.com.au, Samsung and TPG join SBS for what will be the biggest sporting event in 2014. We have been working closely with our partners to develop a number of innovative activations that will come to life during our coverage”. 

Andrew Cook, Director of Sales, SBS Media said: “For the first time ever, SBS has secured exclusive broadcast rights across TV, radio, online, tablet and mobile. This means more opportunities for audiences to engage with SBS’s World Cup content and more opportunities for our broadcast partners to align with our exclusive coverage.”

2014 FIFA World CupTM
Every match of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM will be live and exclusive on SBS with over 700 hours of coverage dedicated to the world’s biggest single sporting event. Les Murray and Craig Foster will be based in Brazil, while David Zdrilic and Lucy Zelic will host matches from SBS’s Sydney studio. They will be joined throughout the tournament by former Australian footballers John Aloisi, Jason Culina, Ned Zelic, Clint Bolton, Zeljko Kalac and Aytek Genc. SBS Reporters David Basheer, Scott McIntyre and Vitor Sobral will be pitch side to deliver the latest match news direct from Brazil.

All the latest World Cup news, match highlights, analysis and features can be seen every night in The FIFA World Cup Show (9:30pm Thursday 12 June to Sunday 13 July on SBS 2). Hosted by Les Murray and Craig Foster live from Rio de Janeiro, it provides a look at the colour and excitement from Brazil on and off the pitch with special guests including Brazilian-born SBS lifestyle presenter Fernanda de Paula.

For the very first time, SBS will have a show dedicated to the Socceroos as they aim for World Cup glory. Hosted by David Basheer from the Socceroos training camp in Brazil, The Socceroos Show (6:30pm Thursday 12 June to Saturday 28 June on SBS ONE) will feature exclusive interviews with players and coaching staff plus the latest news and updates from the team.

Mariana Rudan will bring fans a full run down of what happened in Brazil overnight with FIFA World Cup Morning News (from 7am Friday 13 June to Monday 14 July), including match highlights, interviews and the latest reactions from around the world.

SBS’s new daily prime-time entertainment show will see comedian and football tragic Jimeoin go The Full Brazilian (nightly, 7:30pm from Friday 13 June on SBS ONE and SBS Radio 4) with funny clips, sketches and in-studio challenges in front of a live studio audience. Jimeoin will be joined by comedian Nazeem Hussain, the show’s man on the ground in Brazil, as well as musical acts, celebrities, sportspeople and daily catch-ups with SBS football presenters Les Murray and Craig Foster from Brazil.

SBS’s 2014 FIFA World CupTM season gets a whole lot sexier as Sam Pang goes on a journey into the heart of what makes Brasilians the coolest race on the planet in the two-part comedy series, A Pang for Brasil (7:30pm Monday 2 June and 9 June on SBS ONE). Gorgeous, sexy, bold, passionate, great dancers, love makers and incredible footballers, Brasilians are everything that
Sam is not.

Fernanda de Paula rediscovers the food and people she grew up with and uncovers Brazil’s soul in This is Brazil! (7:30pm Fridays on SBS ONE). From the pounding drums of the Afro-Brazilian capital, Salvador, to the floating villages of the Amazon, Fernanda meets the people that infuse everyday life in Brazil with passion.

Fernanda also shares her love of Brazillian cinema with the 31 Days in Brazil (nightly, 11:00pm from Friday 13 June on SBS 2). Fernanda introduces 31 Brazilian films over 31 days with titles including Lower City, City of God and City of Men.

Also on SBS 2 is the reality series Brazil’s Next Top Model (5:35pm Saturdays from 14 June on SBS 2). Hosted by Brazilian model Fernanda Motta and based on the American series, it sees women take part in various challenges, photo shoots and meetings in the hope of becoming Brazil’s next top model.

The best international films go head-to-head across five nights in June when World Movies presents Sex Before Soccer (nightly from Monday 2 June to Friday 6 June on World Movies, Channel 430 on Foxtel). Each salacious film originates from a country competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

SBS takes a look at the Socceroos’ historic 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign in the SBS-produced documentary Two Weeks in June (8:30pm Thursday 12 June on SBS 2). Told by the players themselves, including Harry Kewell, Mark Viduka, Jason Culina, John Aloisi and Lucas Neil, it features extensive interviews with the squad and never before seen behind-the-scenes vision.

Welcome to Rio (10:00pm Sundays on SBS ONE) reveals the truth about life inside Rio’s famous shanty-towns, the favelas in a three-part documentary series. With extraordinary access to them this series reveals the favelas to be places of energy, resourcefulness and humour, through the lives of the people who live there.

The SBS World News team, headed by Sarah Abo and Brett Mason, will deliver comprehensive reports on the Socceroos campaign and all the other big cup stories on SBS World News (nightly 6:30pm on SBS ONE), radio and online.

Online & Mobile
For the very first time, all 2014 FIFA World CupTM matches will be streamed live online at www.sbs.com.au/theworldgame. The World Game website features multi-angle replay functionality, match stats including heat maps and tactical information, live text commentary, social integration, fantasy football and tipping as well as news, highlights, polls and photo galleries. All matches will be able to be watched on catch up via SBS On Demand. SBS The World game App will be available as a FIFA World CupTM edition with bespoke functionality for smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android).

SBS Radio will broadcast every game of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM live and exclusive across two dedicated radio stations. Featuring commentary in 13 languages, SBS Radio will be broadcasting in more languages than ever before and the most languages from a single broadcaster in the history of the FIFA World CupTM.

Pop-up radio station SBS PopBrazil (SBS Radio 4), will keep the Brazilian vibe alive with the sounds of 2014 FIFA World CupTM day and night. From samba, choro and bossa nova to straight up Brazilian rock, it will keep the Brazilian party going 24/7.

Tune in on match days to hear a simulcast The Full Brazilian (7:30pm from Friday 13 June) followed by two hours of the hottest Latin American dance tracks and mashups with resident DJ’s Dante Rivera and DJ Libre (nightly, 8:30pm).

Landmark Series
Ground breaking documentary series Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl (8:30pm Wednesday 18 June – 9 July on SBS ONE) premieres during the FIFA World CupTM. Following on from the national award-winning and critically acclaimed series Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta which aired in 2012, Once Upon A Time in Punchbowl is the untold story of how the Lebanese community overcame the odds and found its place in multicultural Australia.

Also premiering on SBS is three-part documentary series, Australia’s Secret Heroes (8:30pm Sundays from 15 June on SBS ONE). After years sworn to secrecy, veterans of the legendary Z Special reveal their extraordinary WWII exploits, as six of their descendants recreate their training based on original declassified manuals.

The sixth season of celebrated genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? (7:30pm Tuesdays from 8 July on SBS ONE) comes to SBS, delving into the family history of seven prominent Australians. Andrew Denton, Jacki Weaver, Rebecca Gibney, Lisa McCune, Amanda Keller, Richard Roxburgh, Paul McDermott and Adam Goodes take a journey into their family history in this fascinating chronicle of the social, ethnic and cultural evolution of Australia’s national identity.

Suspenseful four-part political drama Death of a Pilgrim (9:30pm Wednesdays from 11 June on SBS ONE) is based on the real life, still unsolved murder of the former Swedish Prime Minister. Set in the present day twenty years after the assassination, the head of the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation still can’t accept that the crime has never been solved and gathers his best investigators and a new, surprising line of enquiry develops.

Continuing Series
Continuing on SBS throughout the 2014 FIFA World CupTM with all new episodes is much-loved music quiz show RocKwiz (9:30pm Mondays on SBS ONE) as well as Australia’s leading forum for first person stories and debate Insight (8:30pm Tuesdays on SBS ONE) and international current affairs show Dateline (9:30pm Tuesdays on SBS ONE).

The 2014 FIFA World CupTM is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on SBS from 13 June - 14 July.

The SBS 2014 FIFA World Cup broadcast schedule can be downloaded from here.

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