The CBC announced Wednesday that it has signed a two-year broadcast and multimedia agreement with the International Skating Union (ISU).

The agreement includes the 2008 and the 2009 world figure skating championships, and the 2009 Four Continents figure skating championships.

Other highlights of the broadcast deal include coverage of a 2008 short-track speedskating World Cup event and the 2009 ISU world long-track speedskating championships.

"This agreement represents CBC's commitment to broadcasting the best skating events in the world — events that otherwise would not have been available to Canadians," said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.

"We are thrilled that our viewers will be able to follow Canada's athletes on CBC as they continue to compete and prepare for the Olympic Games in Vancouver."

CBC will kick off its new broadcast agreement with the ISU on March 18 with coverage of the 2008 world figure skating championships from Gothenburg, Sweden, on CBC Television and CBC Country Canada.

Viewers will also be able to watch the competition live and on-demand at

"The ISU is pleased having reached an agreement with CBC Television to offer major ISU events to Canadian TV viewers," said Ottavio Cinquanta, president of the ISU.

"The cooperation between the Canadian entities and the ISU has always been excellent and the contribution of Canadian ice skaters has remarkably contributed to the development of the Union. This is an excellent opportunity to continue the ISU mission in Canada."