Supercars TV Broadcast Rights 2021-2025 (Foxtel + Seven)

According to TV Tonight, Supercars’ new deal with Foxtel/Fox Sports will include a special launch event exclusive to the Foxtel Group.

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Mark Larkham the latest to leave Supercars TV

https://www.speedcafe.com/2020/12/11/larkham-departs-supercars-broadcast-line-up

Riana Cretan announced her departure last week

https://www.speedcafe.com/2020/12/02/crehan-thanks-supercars-fraternity-amid-broadcast-departure/

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Kinda weird. Cost-cutting?

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What a dumb decision by Supercars - the knowledge Larko provided to viewers enhanced the broadcast

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There was a report in Auto Action (which many followers treat as rumours except they are printed in a magazine) that on-air offerings were being streamlined so that it was the same output on both Seven and Fox - it also mentioned that there were concerns raised that Larko in particular made the coverage “too technical”. The same article suggested that Crehan would be replaced by former Hi-5 member, Charli Robinson

Part of me wonders whether its an attempt to sweep through the current offering to insert some Seven people, or people that Seven think are more palatable to a broader audience. Compared to overseas motorsport, Supercars coverage is world class - it will be a shame if it gets dumbed down

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Larkham only switched to Supercars Media 2 years ago. Prior to that he was exclusively appearing on Ten’s coverage and not on Fox.

Previously he was on Seven’s coverage so I wonder if he’s going to take a minor role on Seven’s coverage separate from Supercars Media like what he was doing at Ten initially.

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Mark Larkham could return to Supercars TV:
https://www.speedcafe.com/2020/12/15/supercars-set-for-mark-larkham-backflip/

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I highly doubt that seven are going to have much of a crew.

They’ll be looking to keep it slim as possible to keep costs at a minimum.

I am also waiting for seven to realise they have signed up to another poor sports media rights deal and take supercars to court. Especially with them not being able to show the V8’s at the F1’s and the lost of Adelaide 500. :thinking:

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But that’s not really new, is it? When Nine had the F1 Australian Grand Prix they showed the round of the touring cars / supercars despite Nine not having the rights to the other rounds.

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but was it a championship round prior to Ten having both Supercar and F1 events.

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Only from 2018 has the round at the Oz GP been part of the championship.

Prior to that it was an exhibition race and never part of the season, dating back to 1985, when it started in Adelaide.

In 2017 The supercars threatened to pulled out of the F1 Melbourne weekend, after the organisation for F1 wouldn’t grant them a championship round. The following year F1 and Supercars made up and for the first time in a F1 weekend, (in Australia) it become a championship round.

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https://www.speedcafe.com/2021/02/11/new-bespoke-tv-graphics-package-for-supercars/

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Mark Skaife will be the main commentator for the Darwin Triple Crown round next weekend while Neil Crompton recovers from prostate cancer surgery (he’s expected to return for the Townsville round in early July). Skaife will be joined by Garth Tander and Chad Neylon who’ll split co-commentary duties.

However, the noteworthy thing about the Darwin round (from a Media Spy discussion POV) is that the same broadcast will air on both Fox and Seven (during their broadcast window). This means Mark Beretta and Jess Yates will appear on both networks. Aside from the Bathurst 1000 when Seven will incorporate their own segments around the Supercars feed, the one-production model will be implemented for the other rounds that will air on FTA (ie; Townsville, the Sydney night race and Gold Coast)

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