V8 Supercars rubbish claims of drop in free-to-air coverage in new Ten deal

L to R Ten Network's Hamish McLennan, V8 Supercars' James Warburton, Foxtel's Richard Freudenstein, FOX SPORTS' Patrick DelanyV8 Supercars has rubbished claims free-to-air viewers will get fewer races when it moves broadcasters in 2015,  insisting there will be more coverage than ever when it moves from the Seven Network to a joint Network Ten and Foxtel arrangement.

Reports had suggested the $241m V8 Supercars broadcast deal between Network Ten and the pay TV broadcaster Foxtel and Fox Sports announced last month, will bring only a handful of races to free TV viewers, while the majority of content will be reserved for subscribers to Fox Sports.

However a spokesperson for V8 today told Mumbrella: “There will be more on free to air television than there has been this year and last year.”

The announcement the franchise would move from Seven to Ten and Fox Sports emerged last month, with online rights which were held by Telstra until 2011 and are now held by V8s also moving to Foxtel and Fox Sports.

Reports had claimed every championship race event including practice, qualifying and support categories would be broadcast live in HD on Fox Sports, with only key races like the Bathurst 1000, Clipsal 500, Gold Coast 600 and Sydney 500 simulcast on Channel Ten.

“I wouldn’t believe any speculation at all. It’s quite the opposite,” said the spokesman.”That’s only speculation being driven by inaccurate reporting.

“We can assure our fans that there will be more free to air and more pay television, so more content in total.”

However the spokesperson would not reveal how the programming will be divided between the free and pay TV networks, saying it will not be decided until the 2015 scheduling is finalised around September. The broadcast schedule for 2014 will be announced in early February.

Both Ten and Fox Sports have refused to comment on the deal.

Comments


  1. William
    8 Jan 14
    3:40 pm

  2. I never believe hardly any speculation unless if it is from the paddock at motorsport venues or from the governing body themselves which indicates what may happen in regards to driver moves and TV rights respectively. Why are all these newspapers trying to make us believe that there will be limited coverage but instead there will be twice as more then previous years held by 7. Good on ya V8s, for getting the fans an indication as to what is in the package in the TV deal for Ten

  3. Barry
    14 Jan 14
    9:51 am

  4. I have a very important notification to the Executives of Ten and Fox, if you don’t take Neal Crompton over with his team of V8 Supercar presenters it will a sad day for this motorsport. After watching most of the Motor Sport world wide these are by far the most informant presenters of any class of motor sport in the WORLD.