Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

TV viewers angry at Global for airing SAG Awards in Canada a day late

Dean Norris, left and Betsy Brandt pose with their awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series for "Breaking Bad" in the press room at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Global is standing by a decision to air the Screen Actors Guild Awards a day late over the weekend, a scheduling decision that had some film and television junkies fuming because they couldn't watch the bash live on TV.

As a result, there were no surprises by the time Saturday's gala aired Sunday in Canada, belatedly revealing top film acting prizes for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto of "Dallas Buyers Club," Cate Blanchett of "Blue Jasmine" and Lupita Nyong'o of "12 Years a Slave."

By this point, many of the show's hard-core followers had already been sent over the edge, after searching without luck to find the annual parade on TV the night before.

Story continues below advertisement

Many took to Twitter to express their frustrations Saturday.

"Global is airing the SAG Awards TOMORROW. Bloody ridiculous. Guess I'll be keeping up via Twitter," tweeted a wannabe viewer with the handle Tasha.

"Why isn't Global airing the SAG Awards today? WHY?" fumed another poster, signed in as Nicky Odujirin.

"And do you know what moron is responsible for this decision? Unbelievable. I'm pissed," fumed another tweet, attached to a Jessica Mendes.

Global said Monday that it decided to slot in the two-hour special a day late after reviewing its broadcast plans on both nights.

"We took a look at our Saturday and Sunday night schedules and felt we could best optimize the show as part of our Sunday night lineup," the broadcaster said in a terse statement issued late in the day.

The outcry marked the second year in a row that Global elicited the ire of SAG Awards fans.

Story continues below advertisement

Last year, a "technical issue" delayed the feed scheduled for the eastern part of Canada, resulting in an episode of "From the Ground Up with Debbie Travis" airing in its place.

That 8 p.m. ET feed was restored by 8:40 p.m. ET and Global assured that the West Coast feed would air in its entirety.

Report an error

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at