Sebastian Szczęsny and Damian Michałowski in the TVN studio will talk to guests (both on-site and via instant messaging), connect with reporters and analyze the most important events and performances of Poles.
– The duo of our leaders is a perfect combination of great experience in sports journalism, knowledge, sense of humor and energy. We work intensively so that all ski jumping enthusiasts in Poland can find something for themselves in our studios – conversations with jumpers and coaches, expert analyzes, materials from behind the scenes of the World Cup – emphasizes Edward Miszczak, TVN Program Director.
Modern technologies will be used in the studio, thanks to which viewers will see “teleportations” of experts and jumpers as well as graphics in augmented reality with statistics. Special virtual function screens will be used to present numerous video materials, interviews, weather reports and entries in social media.
The World Cup competitions in ski jumping will be commented on by journalists associated with Eurosport for years: Marek Rudziński and Igor Błachut.
Sebastian Szczęsny joins TVN from TVP
As we already informed on Thursday, Sebastian Szczęsny joins TVN after 17 years of working for Telewizja Polska, where he was first an expert in broadcasting ski jumping competitions, and then one of the commentators for many years. He commented on over 280 World Cup competitions, he also reported on the winter and summer Olympics.
He also covered professional boxing galas, weightlifting competitions, alpine skiing and cycling races. Before working at TVP, he was associated with RMF FM.
– It’s finally starting! I sincerely hope that, like me, the spectators are already looking forward to the moment when the ski jumping World Cup carousel starts. This time it will be set in new television circumstances, so the emotions are even greater – says Szczęsny. – I believe that together we will experience an unforgettable and, above all, fascinating season of ski jumping at TVN, Eurosport and Player – he adds.
Michałowski in “Dzień dobry TVN” and Radio ZET
Damian Michałowski from TVN has been associated with TVN since spring last year, together with Paulina Krupińska he runs “Dzień Dobry TVN”.
He has been working at Radio ZET since 2010. Initially, he ran sports services, then he was one of the hosts of the afternoon band “I believe ZET” (to which he returned last fall), and in 2018 he was a co-host of the morning program “Good Morning”.
As a sports journalist, he reported, among others Olympic Games in Vancouver, World Nordic Skiing Championships in Oslo and Val di Fiemme, Tour de Ski tournament, and football Euro 2012.
– The opportunity to take part in such a great event is a return to my professional, sporting roots. I am very happy that we will sit down at the same table with Sebastian Szczęsny, because he is one of the greatest experts in this sport discipline. We guarantee great guests in a specially designed studio and the power to cheer together! – assures Michałowski.
Ski jumping for several years in the main TVN
In the first half of October, Discovery announced that it had extended its broadcasting agreement until the end of the 2025/26 season, including from the World Cup in jumping and other skiing disciplines. The broadcaster has not sub-licensed Telewizja Polska to show the competition in the open channel, it will broadcast the competition on the main TVN, Eurosport 1 and in Player.
The contract extended by Discovery Sports and its rights broker Infront covers transmissions of the Women’s and Men’s World Cup in Ski Jumping, Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined, Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing, as well as the Nordic and Alpine World Ski Championships and ISU competitions in skating and biathlon World Team Challenge and summer Grand Prix in ski jumping.
TVN The Discovery Group will also broadcast a number of special programs devoted to jumps on various channels, including on TVN and TTV.
Almost all Ski Jumping World Cup competitions have been shown on TVP channels continuously for 20 years, from the successes of Adam Małysz in the 2000/21 season. Before that, the 4-Hills-Tournament was broadcast regularly. From the next season, Telewizja Polska will continue to show only ski jumping tournaments in Wisła and Zakopane, because it obtained the rights to broadcasts in open channels from the Polish Ski Association (at the beginning of 2019, the contract was extended until 2026).
In a statement released a few hours after Discovery’s information that the jumping competitions will be broadcast on the main TVN, Telewizja Polska emphasized that “this is an unprecedented situation”, because TVP “has been broadcasting ski jumping for several decades, building the popularity of the discipline, recognition of players and increasing the exposure of sponsors “.
World Cup 2021/2022: schedule of competitions
In the coming season, TVN Discovery Group will report on all competitions of the World Cup in ski jumping (including the Four Hills Tournament, which is part of the event), as well as competitions at the Winter Olympics and the ski flying world championships. At the same time, competitions taking place in Poland – in the Vistula (4 and 5 December 2021) and in Zakopane (15 and 16 January 2022) – will be broadcast by Telewizja Polska under an agreement with the Polish Ski Association.
Ski jumping schedule 2021/22:
November 20, 2021 – Nizhny Tagil (RUSSIA) – individual
November 21, 2021 – Nizhny Tagil (RUSSIA) – individual
November 27, 2021 – Ruka (FINLAND) – individual
November 28, 2021 – Ruka (FINLAND) – individual
4 December 2021 – Wisła (POLAND) – team competition
December 5, 2021 – Wisła (POLAND) – individual
December 11, 2021 – Klingenthal (GERMANY) – individual
December 12, 2021 – Klingenthal (GERMANY) – individual
December 18, 2021 – Engelberg (SWITZERLAND) – individual
December 19, 2021 – Engelberg (SWITZERLAND) – individual
December 29, 2021 – January 6, 2022 – 70th 4 Hills Tournament (GERMANY – AUSTRIA)
December 29, 2021 – Oberstdorf (GERMANY) – individual
January 1, 2022 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) – individual
January 4, 2022 – Innsbruck (Austria) – individual
January 6, 2022 – Bischofshofen (Austria) – individual
January 8, 2022 – Bischofshofen (AUSTRIA) – individual
January 9, 2022 – Bischofshofen (AUSTRIA) – team competition
January 15, 2022 – Zakopane (POLAND) – team competition
January 16, 2022 – Zakopane (POLAND) – individual
January 21, 2022 – Sapporo (JAPAN) – individual
January 22, 2022 – Sapporo (JAPAN) – individual
January 23, 2022 – Sapporo (Japan) – individual
January 28, 2022 – Willingen (GERMANY) – mixed teams
January 29, 2022 – Willingen (GERMANY) – individual
January 30, 2022 – Willingen (GERMANY) – individual
February 4, 2022 – February 20, 2022 – Beijing Olympic Games (CHINA)
February 26, 2022 – Lahti (FINLAND) – team team
February 27, 2022 – Lahti (FINLAND) – individual
March 3, 2022 – Lillehammer (NORWAY) – individual
March 4, 2022 – Oslo (NORWAY) – mixed teams
March 5, 2022 – Oslo (NORWAY) – individual
March 6, 2022 – Oslo (NORWAY) – individual
March 11, 2022 – March 13, 2022 – World Flying Championships in Vikersund (NORWAY)
March 19, 2022 – Oberstdorf (GERMANY) – individual, flights
March 20, 2022 – Oberstdorf (GERMANY) – individual, flights
March 25, 2022 – Planica (SLOVENIA) – individual, flights
March 26, 2022 – Planica (SLOVENIA) – team, flights
March 27, 2022 – Planica (SLOVENIA) – individual, flights
According to data from Nielsen Audience Measurement, last season, from November last year. until March this year, ski jumping World Cup tournaments were watched by an average of 3.16 million people on TVP1, 622 thousand. on TVP Sport and 976 thousand. in Eurosport 1.