Digital Broadcasters Vendor News praises ABC Radio in Australia for retaining national free to listen to coverage of the Australian Football League rights for 2007, 2008 and 2009 through its 60 local station network that serves 95 per cent of the country.
The deal signed in mid-October ensures ABC Radio to remain a major player in AFL Radio and sports coverage.
The main features of the new agreement with the AFL are:
* ABC Local Radio will broadcast a minimum of 5 matches every weekend into Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory. * ABC Local Radio may also broadcast all Finals matches and matches on Public Holidays and other days outside the regular weekend match timeslots. * In Melbourne and Victoria, the Friday night match, a Saturday afternoon game, a Saturday evening game, the early Sunday match and the twilight Sunday match will be broadcast. * In Western Australia and South Australia, all matches involving the local teams will be broadcast. * Coverage of AFL into NSW, Queensland and the ACT through ABC Local Radio and ABC NewsRadio will continue. * ABC Radio coverage will be heard internationally on Radio Australia.
ABC Local Radio's comprehensive sports website providing information on news and results is at http://abc.net.au/grandstand/
Australian Rules Football - unique to Australia, a cross between rugby and soccer is a national institution and avidly followed.