WWE Programming in SE Asia Switches from Fox Philippines to TV5
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
A day after Fox Philippines announced that they would immediately cease their broadcasts of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) shows, TV 5 announced via social media on Tuesday, April 18, that it would be picking up their coverage
Fox Philippines, which had aired the Raw and Smackdown brands, plus pay-per-view events on same-day delay, and in live-time on Fox Sports, said in a public statement that they had “attempted to negotiate” a renewal “up to the very last minute.”
In addition to WWE programming, Fox Philippines had produced The Wrestling Gods show featuring Filipino wrestling reporters Romeo Moran and Stan Sy, which had run from January 2016 until being axed along with the WWE deal.
The WWE Southeast Asia Twitter account offered some relief to stranded fans, announcing Monday that a 90-minute version of Raw would be streamed same-day on WWE’s YouTube channel Monday, but didn’t hint at what would be revealed the following day, when TV 5 announced that it would begin airing WWE shows on April 30, a Sunday.
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