SBS Wins Logie For FIFA World Cup Coverage Thanks To Optus Fail
Remember when Optus stuffed up the FIFA World Cup coverage? Well SBS just won a Logie because of it.
Cast your minds back exactly one year ago.
All eyes were on Russia as the world's best footballers competed for the World Cup -- and Optus was the company who had the broadcast rights for Australians to watch the game.
Only things didn't quite go to plan for Optus, with widespread interruptions and drop outs disrupting fans who were paying $15 a month to tune into the tournament.
The company took out a full page advert in tabloids apologising for its "balls up" coverage.
"We're not going to pretend our delivery of the 2018 FIFA World Cup was anything but a monumental stuff up. We are going to make things better though," it said.
SBS -- the broadcast home of football in Australia for the last 40 years -- swooped in to save the day, and aired all remaining games of the World Cup.
And the move paid off for SBS, who picked up the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Sports Coverage on Sunday night.
Former Socceroo-turned-pundit Craig Foster accepted the award with his co-host Lucy Zelic, and paid tribute to the SBS team who stepped up after their workload almost quadrupled overnight.
"Last year in Russia, a very small, committed and passionate team expected to do around 50 hours of television, and ended up doing around 200," Foster said.
Weirdly, he didn't thank Optus for the gong...