Wallabies to get a new home on Network Ten
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The Australian is this morning reporting that Channel Nine will lose the rights to Australian free-to-air rugby internationals, with the Wallabies set to be shown on Network Ten.
This will end Nine’s problematic clashes with rugby league that have left Wallabies fans without Pay TV unable to watch live matches on television.
The Fox Sports Pay TV network owns the broadcast rights to Australian rugby, which includes the Wallabies and Super Rugby.
The Federal government’s anti-siphoning laws dictate that Wallabies matches must also be broadcast on free-to-air TV.
This has resulted in Fox Sports being forced to on-sell the rights, which included the 2011 Rugby World Cup to Nine in 2010 in a SANZAR-led negotiation with Pay television with Fox Sports (Australia), Supersport (South Africa) and Sky Sports (New Zealand).
However, the coverage has often left fans frustrated, with numerous games, notably the Tests against Scotland and Wales, as well as Rugby Championship conflicts with the recent NRL finals series, shown on delay.
The Australian reports that Fox Sports, in consultation with the ARU, decided Ten would be a better home for the Wallabies.
Network Ten ambitiously bid for both the AFL and NRL TV rights but missed out on both, with rumours it will be chasing Cricket Australia’s free-to-air TV rights in March, 2013, although stiff opposition from Channel Nine is expected.
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