Why would anyone want to jump in bed with TVN!
They are dreaming and am sure that 7 would be seriously watching what a bunch of donkeys these blokes are.
It's a pity some jobs will be lose, not a good start for some to the new year.
From this morning's Herald Sun ( Matt Stewart )
VICTORIA will attempt to recruit other states to fill the void left by TVN’s split with Sky Channel.
The Herald Sun understands that South Australia, West Australia and Tasmania are future targets to pad out coverage on TVN, which is to solely host Victorian meetings following the inability of Sky and TVN to agree on a fee for race vision.
TVN, in its current form, will continue for no more than a month before its future is determined.
Racing Victoria is determined to have various media components brought under the one roof, including racing.com, radio station RSN and the key elements of TVN.
TVN’s on-air talent, particularly those in Sydney — which is solely the domain of Sky — are extremely concerned about their futures.
It is believed TVN’s online news site, racingnetwork, is unlikely to survive, as Racing Victoria has its own ever-expanding site, racing.com.
“Their only chance is if the channel continues to exist in the future,’’ a source said.
The expansion of Racing Victoria’s media arm will provide some TVN talent with employment chances, the source said.
In other developments, it is likely Victorian pubs and clubs will be providing Australia-wide coverage within a fortnight, with pictures provided by TVN to be shown on one of Sky’s three channels.
Racing Victoria believes one positive to come from the split with NSW is the “freeing up’’ of the busy race clock on Saturdays. “At the moment trying to get 30 or 35 minute gaps is constrained by Sky and all of their obligations to each state,’’ the source said.
South Australia and West Australia are not locked into the same long term contracts with Sky as NSW and are regarded as valuable but not essential future partners.
Adelaide, which attracts more Victorian runners than Sydney on most Saturdays, is believed to be of great interest as the Victorian industry attempts to use the split with Sky as a clean slate to provide more innovative racing coverage.
Racing Victoria meets today with Victoria’s key race-clubs, and TVN stakeholders, in a bid to establish some clarity over the future not just of TVN but of future wagering partners and exposure of racing.
“We need to establish that all Victorian clubs are united, how Victoria is going to take its rights to the market,’’ a source said.
Exploring ways of expanding racing to a new audience, including digital opportunities with corporate bookmakers and free to air opportunities, will also be discussed.
Racing Victoria believes Victoria can provide robust racing coverage without New South Wales but does not believe the impasse between our two strongest racing states will last forever