bathurst-ratings-2012-vs-2013Many petrol heads awoke yesterday morning to the realisation that their beloved Bathurst 1000 wasn’t being screened on free to air TV as it has done for many years.  Instead, the mecca of Australasian motor sport was absent, instead being broadcast on Sky Sport.

The increasing monopoly that Sky has on content, particularly on sport, always ends with the same results.  A significant decrease in people watching.

In 2012, an average audience of just under 250,000 viewers tuned in for the Mount Panorama epic to see Holden take the checkered flag on free-to-air TV’s TV3.  In 2013, the average audience was less than half with only 118,900 viewers.

At its peak, 446,300 were watching in 2012 compared to only 190,700 who saw Ford take it out this year on Sky.

With yet another much loved sporting event being swallowed up by Sky, surely it is time for the government to start addressing anti-siphoning in New Zealand and put an end to the dominance of a single broadcaster and get some real competition happening.



10:00am – Sunday, October 7 on TV 3

This week 3 proudly presents LIVE coverage of the biggest annual motorsport race in the southern hemisphere. CRC Motorsport: V8 Supercars Rd 11 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 screens LIVE from 10am on Sunday, October 7 th on 3. The race will take a five minute break at 6pm for a special reduced 3 News bulletin, after which we will return LIVE to the race at 6:05pm.

The Bathurst 1000 is a 1000 kilometre touring car race held annually at Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia.

The race traces its lineage back to a production car race held at Phillip Island in 1960, called the Armstrong 500. Since then 51 races have taken place under the combined history of two events at two venues in two states. It is known among fans and broadcasters as “The Great Race”, and is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australasian motorsport. The winners of the race receive the Peter Brock Trophy, inaugurated at the 2006 race in honour of Peter Brock who, with nine Bathurst victories, remains the most successful driver in the history of the race. Since 2000, the race has been run exclusively for V8 Supercars and is now a round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Make sure to join hosts Shaun Summerfield, Mark Pedersen and Andy Booth for the Melbourne Cup of motor racing when CRC Motorsport: V8 Supercars Rd 11 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 screens LIVE from 10am on Sunday, October 7 th on 3.