That’s not an ace start! Channel 4 HD viewers complain of no SOUND for first few minutes of Emma Raducanu US Open final coverage
- The opening minutes of Channel 4’s US Open final coverage had no sound
- Viewers shared their frustrations as they tuned into the historic match
- Emma Raducanu hopes to become the first ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam
Channel 4 viewers have complained after there was no sound for the opening minutes of the coverage of the US Open final.
The channel agreed a deal with Amazon Prime to show Emma Raducanu’s historic final against fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez on free-to-air TV in the UK.
But as viewers tuned in on Channel 4 HD, they were met with silence from the studio.
Channel 4 viewers have complained after there was no sound for the opening minutes of the coverage of the US Open final
The channel agreed a deal with Amazon Prime to show Emma Raducanu’s historic final
Some shared their frustrations on Twitter, joking that the broadcaster had neglected to agree a deal for the sound.
One person wrote: ‘Channel 4 lawyers furiously reading the small print in their US Open final coverage for tonight. Sound seemingly not part of the deal.’
Another said: ‘Channel 4 going for the no sound option tonight???’
It was announced earlier today that Raducanu’s shot at US Open glory would be available to watch for Britons on free-to-air TV.
The 18-year-old has captivated the nation with her exploits in New York and she takes on Fernandez in the showpiece event hoping to become the first British woman to win a grand slam in 44 years.
Some shared their frustrations on Twitter, joking that the broadcaster had neglected to agree a deal for the sound
Emma Raducanu has improved with every round and is still to drop a set in this tournament as her magical run reaches the final
Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service has had exclusive broadcast rights in this country for the final grand slam of the year, but has agreed a deal – understood by the PA news agency to be seven figures – for the match to be shown on both Prime Video and Channel 4, maximising the viewing potential for one of the biggest sporting stories of the year.
And it has pledged to reinvest that money into British women’s tennis to help fund the next generation of players.
‘Emma’s journey from qualification through to the US Open final at the age of 18 is a truly magical story for British sport and we think it’s important that we extend our coverage to as many people as possible to support her in this historic moment for women’s tennis,’ said Alex Green, managing director of Prime Video Sport Europe.
‘Young tennis talent such as Emma need the right support to become the stars we see today and we’re delighted to be able to commit even more investment to the next generation of women’s tennis in the UK.’
Raducanu will go for an unthinkable triumph against the Canadian Leylah Fernandez, 19
Channel 4’s chief content officer Ian Katz said: ‘Emma’s meteoric rise to secure a place in the US Open final is just sensational.
‘We’re glad to have worked with Prime Video and pulled out all the stops to get it on air and I’m sure viewers will be thrilled at the prospect of watching Emma in this grand slam final.’
Oliver Dowden, secretary of state for culture, media and sport, praised the deal.
His statement read: ‘Tonight the whole country will be behind the British tennis sensation Emma Raducanu, so I am delighted that Amazon Prime and Channel Four have responded to our call to make this historic sporting moment free to watch so that as many of us as possible can cheer her on tonight.
‘I applaud them for their quick work in making this happen and for the fact that the money involved in this deal will go direct into women’s tennis in Britain to benefit and inspire the stars of the future.’