Brisbane Turf Club pushing for better coverage of Queensland racing on Sky
RACING NSW boss Peter V’landys insists there is no intent from south of the border to dilute Queensland’s racing coverage despite increasing angst over a perceived snub from broadcaster Sky.
Anger has been growing since last year’s winter carnival over the coverage afforded Queensland racing, in particular on Sky Thoroughbred Central, where there is inconsistency in the length and number of pre and post-race interviews.
Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell believes new ways need to be looked at to promote local racing. Bell was seen in discussion with Racing.com chief executive Scott Perrin at Caulfield last Saturday.
“It was a casual conversation about alternative ways of promoting Queensland racing,” Bell said. “The BRC is very frustrated with the manner in which Sky is promoting our racing product.
“We have been in dialogue with Sky for many months, dating back to last year’s carnival. There have been periods of improvement where Saturday metro racing has been showcased better and we have noticed an uplift in turnover on those days.
“We would like that to be more consistent.’’
“I believe we have strong grounds to query the performance criteria set out in the contract,’’ Bell said. “I have a responsibility to have BRC product promoted in the best possible light and at the moment that is not occurring.’’
V’landys said RNSW wanted Queensland to prosper and said any perception of Queensland racing being undersold was wrong.
“There’s nothing we want more than to give Queensland more coverage, but it has to work on the clock, which is the biggest problem,” he said.
“If the times could be arranged (Queensland) could get substantially more coverage.
“We have never stopped Queensland getting coverage and never will, but because the clock is the way it is sometimes they will get less and sometimes they will get more.”
Tabcorp executive general manager commercial development Doug Freeman said the trial of 30-minute gaps between races had complicated matters in the past month.
Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Brisbane Courier Mail