CBC to air Armstrong doc

The pubcaster will air The World According to Lance on Oct. 28 in its Passionate Eye strand, through a deal with U.K. distributor Journeyman Pictures that closed Tuesday.
The World According To Lance

CBC has acquired The World According to Lance (pictured), a documentary about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was earlier this week stripped of his Tour de France titles.

CBC News Network will air the 45-minute documentary its Passionate Eye strand this Sunday (Oct. 28) at 10 p.m. EST.

The broadcast comes hot on the heels of the International Cycling Union’s decision three days ago to formally strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him from cycling for life, for his involvement in what U.S. sports authorities describe as a massive and widespread doping program.

The documentary was produced by ABC Australia for the broadcaster’s ‘Four Corners’ strand, and the doc’s director/reporter was Quentin McDermott.

The deal was penned by U.K.-based factual distributor Journeyman Pictures, which also inked agreements with CNN in the States, VRT in Belgium, TV2 Norway, TV2 Denmark, NOS Holland and MNet in South Africa.

Work began on the doc around seven weeks ago, when the USADA first announced its decision to ban Armstrong for life and strip him of his titles.

While Armstrong himself declined to be interviewed for the doc, it does feature Armstrong’s only ever deposition, given in 2005, in response to a lawsuit by an insurer. Also interviewed in the doc are former friends Betsy and Frankie Andreu, and former Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton.