BBC ALBA TO BROADCAST MERCURE CITY OF PERTH MASTERS

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BBC ALBA is to broadcast live curling from the 2019 Mercure City of Perth Masters, with exclusive UK coverage to be screened on the channel and on the BBC iPlayer, with catch up also available on iPlayer. The 43rd hosting of the tournament at the fair city’s Dewars Centre, will see world class curlers from nine countries, including Scotland, compete for the prestigious title and a prize pot of £18,700 with a first prize of £7,200.

of the World Curling Tour, the men’s tournament will provide the first curling action of 2019 with 26 teams competing across four days. The event continues to attract a strong international line-up, with Switzerland’s 2018 Olympic bronze medallists Team de Cruz and Norway’s 2018 Olympians and former world and European Champions, Thomas Ulsrud’s rink among the leading overseas challengers. However there will be strong audience interest and support for the Scottish teams, with the recently crowned European Champions Team Mouat, Boost National Grand Slam Champions Team Paterson and Perthshire’s Team Glen Muirhead - Scotland’s 2018 Olympic representatives who have just claimed their first Tour title this season – in the field.

BBC ALBA will provide live coverage across each day of the Perth Masters, starting on Thursday 3 January at 4.15pm and culminating in coverage from the final on Sunday 6 January at 3pm.

Iseabail Mactaggart, Director of Strategy and Partnership at BBC ALBA, said: “BBC ALBA is committed to providing distinctive coverage of high quality sport for our audience and coverage of Perth Masters curling will further enhance this offering to viewers.

“The profile of curling has been raised significantly in Scotland over the past fifteen years thanks to the success enjoyed at Winter Olympics and World Championship events. Having first broadcast from the Perth Masters back in 2016, we hope BBC ALBA can help to push that recognition even higher with live coverage of intense competition amongst these elite international players taking place at the heart of Perth.

“We look forward to the tournament and the expert analysis of Jackie Lockhart who will join us for the four days of action.”

Chair of the Perth Masters Organising Committee, Pete Loudon said:” We are extremely grateful for the continued support of our title sponsors Mercure City Mills Hotel, Perth, our presenting sponsor Perth Honda and Perth & Kinross Council who help to make this event possible.”

Eleven games will be televised live on BBC ALBA from the opening day of action on Thursday through to the quarter finals, semi finals and the final on the fourth and final day of the World Curling Tour event.

BBC ALBA’s commentary team will comprise guest analyst and 2002 world champion Jackie Lockhart and sport commentator Hugh Dan MacLennan.

The BBC ALBA live coverage is as follows:

Thursday 3rd January

16:15

20:30

Friday 4th January

10:45

14:00

16:30

Saturday 5th January

11:15 A Finals

17:30 B Finals

20:30 C Finals

Sunday 6th January

09:00 - Quarter Finals

12:00 - Semi Finals

15:00 - Final

Coverage of the 2019 Mercure City of Perth Masters is produced for BBC ALBA by Nemeton, one of Scotland’s leading sports production companies.

In addition, the event is being supported by the World Curling Federation who will be providing live webcasts from Perth.

Please click here for  the schedule and further information from the 2019 Mercure City of Perth Masters.  

Or follow the link to the 2019 Mercure City of Perth Masters social media channels for the latest updates https://www.facebook.com/perthmasters/?ref=bookmarks or Twitter @PerthMasters

Photos (above) : Perthshire Picture Agency – Graeme Hart

Mercure City of Perth Masters Competition format:

The competition format is triple knock out. All teams start in the A road and are guaranteed at least three games and cannot be eliminated until they have lost 3 games. Teams who keep winning progress directly to the quarter finals (two places are available for A road qualifiers). A first loss results in a team being relegated to the B road. If they win all subsequent games they progress to the quarter finals (two places are available for B road qualifiers).

Teams who are defeated in the A and B road are relegated to the C road where the life and death of the tournament takes place. Teams who win progress to the quarter finals (four places are available for C road qualifiers), teams that lose exit the tournament.
From the quarter finals onwards the tournament is a straight knock out.

BBC ALBA is available on the following platforms:

• Sky 142

• Freeview / You View 7 (Scotland only)

• Virgin Media 161 (UK)

• Freesat 109 (UK)

• BBC iPlayer

BBC ALBA is run by MG ALBA in partnership with the BBC. MG ALBA is the operating name of Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gàidhlig, the Gaelic Media Service. Find out more about MG ALBA and the partnership at www.mgalba.com or visit www.bbcalba.co.uk for scheduling and programme information.

Coverage of the 2019 Mercure City of Perth Masters is produced for BBC ALBA by Nemeton, a leading sports production company, with offices in Glasgow and Waterford, Ireland. 

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