Herald Sun

TEM­PERS RISE AT LACK OF VI­SION

- DANNY RUS­SELL

COUN­TRY rac­ing fans have not seen a tele­vised Vic­to­rian race in more than a month and are fed up with the black­out.

City res­i­dents with older TVs are also grow­ing in­creas­ingly frus­trated that they can­not ac­cess Chan­nel 78 pic­tures.

Tab­corp has not shown Vic­to­rian rac­ing on Sky Chan­nel in pubs and homes since its con­tract ex­pired on June 15.

Trar­al­gon res­i­dent Peter Mitchell said Rac­ing Vic­to­ria de­served a “kick up the back­side” for a lack of in­for­ma­tion and con­sid­er­a­tion for coun­try peo­ple.

Semi-re­tired Chad­stone rac­ing fan David Wyeth called the in­dus­try’s de­ci­sion­mak­ing “di­a­bol­i­cal”.

He said he had not bet on Vic­to­rian rac­ing for a month be­cause his 2008 Sam­sung TV could not pick up Chan­nel 78.

Wyeth, in his 60s, said stream­ing footage on a lap­top was too “stop-start” and de­layed by up to 30 sec­onds.

“It’s frus­trat­ing. They need to get the vi­sion back on Sky Chan­nel im­me­di­ately for the ben­e­fit of thou­sands who like to watch horse rac­ing at home,” he said.

RVL and its new free-toair media part­ner, the Seven Net­work, are con­tin­u­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions to beam vi­sion into ru­ral ar­eas via Fox­tel.

RVL ex­ec­u­tives are also hav­ing talks with Sky/TAB.

Coun­try Rac­ing Vic­to­ria chief ex­ec­u­tive Scott White­man said the sit­u­a­tion was not ideal, but in­di­cated it was an in­terim mea­sure.

“We are ex­tremely con­cerned ... we ap­pre­ci­ate Rac­ing Vic­to­ria is work­ing hard to re­solve this is­sue with both Chan­nel 7 and with Sky Rac­ing,’’ he said. “We look for­ward to a swift res­o­lu­tion on both fronts.’’

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