SWITCHED OFF

“My hope is that this grubby bit of gouging bites all the greedy bastards involved on the derriere”

Gary Russell, Merewether, NSW

I COMPLAINED to the Australian Communications and Media Authority about the advertising campaign late in 2014 saying the V8 Supercars series had come back to Network Ten, “the home of big event motorsport”. They got the

“My hope is that this grubby bit of gouging bites all the greedy bastards involved on the derriere”

likes of Mark Webber and Craig Lowndes to spruik it for them.

Much of the coverage Ten has is one-hour highlights after the race is run, sometimes days later, because if you really want to go to the home of big event motor sport, then you need a Foxtel subscription.

ACMA responded that my complaint was outside their jurisdiction and suggested I try complaining to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission or the Advertising Standards Bureau instead.

I know my view is not alone on this. What does Wheels think of the standard of television coverage of motor sport in Australia in 2015?

My hope is that this grubby bit of gouging bites all the greedy bastards involved on the derriere as their viewing audience evaporates.

Only one member of the Wheels team is a paid-up Foxtel subscriber.

The others have taken to filling in their newfound leisure time by bleating to anyone who will listen or crocheting doilies for Jenson Button’s engine. – Ed