Craig Hutchinson and SEN fail to buy RSN as Racing Victoria buys shares
The industry already has its own TV channel on the Seven Network, called Racing.com, which owns the television broadcast rights to all Victorian race meetings, as well as South Australian races, as well as a flat -digital information form.
RV also has the Winning position newspaper and Best bets form guide, and recently bought out Metropolitan Club shares from production company Thoroughbred Racing Productions.
Former Fox Sports Australia Director Peter Campbell was announced in July as the first Managing Director of Racing Victoria’s integrated media business, and the addition of RSN to his portfolio will allow him to cross media talent on the different platforms. Campbell begins work early next month.
The sale of the station will inject much-needed funds into running clubs, which have not been able to accommodate crowds for the past 18 months and have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in the racing industry.
“When the decision was made to create the IMB and the clubs all sold their shares in TRP and then the Racing.com platform, it made sense to bring RSN into that as well,” said Browell.
“There was no point in selling all the other media assets, but we [the clubs and CRV] end up keeping 73 percent of a radio station’s handsets.
“There should be efficiencies or synergies now in bringing all of this into IMB, if that’s the decision that’s made, because the cross-pollination of talent between radio station, TV and the press written… it’s just the logical property structure for this. “
Age Also revealed on Monday that Seven Network had entered into a new deal with Racing Victoria and Racing NSW, which will see 49 Victorian Urban Racing Saturdays broadcast nationwide on one of Seven’s mainstream channels each year through 2027.
The only Victorian Saturday Metropolitan Meetings that won’t air are both during Cup week – Derby Day and Stakes Day – which are part of the VRC’s deal with Ten, and Saturday coinciding with the Magic Millions Queensland Races meeting in January.
With this improved coverage for Victorian racing, the addition of RSN could allow radio hosts like Michael Felgate and Gareth Hall to work on Racing.com, particularly if Jason Richardson is removed from Racing.com as part of the Seven’s enhanced coverage of races.
RSN could also feature Racing.com forms analysts and race presenters more often as part of the proposed arrangement.
Bold plan for the crowds
The Victoria Racing Club is targeting a crowd of 11,500 for all or part of the four days of Cup week.
In a statement, club general manager Steve Rosich said he continues to work closely with the Victorian government on planning his scenario for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, but briefed members today on the target of 11,500.
Earlier this month, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said he aimed to have 80% of the state’s eligible population fully immunized before Melbourne Cup Day, leaving the door open to the crowds on the track.
The state government’s roadmap calls for Victoria to hit 80% full immunization coverage, which will trigger some relaxation of some restrictions for those who have received two doses, around November 5.
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