In a big win for fans of the V8 Supercars, Australia’s Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has given the green light to delist the upcoming rounds in Darwin, Townsville and Ipswich from the country’s tough anti-siphoning broadcast lists, which has effectively meant that these events can be broadcast live or ‘as live’ in all states where the broadcast clashes with that of another live event on the same parent network.
The change in legislation effectively means that all of this year’s remaining qualifying sessions and races will be more accessible to armchair fans, who have previously had to put up with considerably delayed broadcasts when TV schedules have conflicted.
Describing the V8 Supercars broadcast schedule as “an absolute priority for V8 Supercars”, the series’ chairman Tony Cochrane pledged that he would work with the host broadcaster to lift its game.
“We are working closely with Seven to achieve an optimal outcome for fans and are pleased to advise the Minister for Communications has agreed to delist Darwin, Townsville and Queensland Raceway to allow the races to be shown live on 7mate where there is a clash with [the] AFL [football league] on Seven.
“We thank our fans for their continued support,” he added.