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Anderson questions the ABC over netball grand final call.

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Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Anderson Questions the ABC Over Netball Grand Final Call


12th September 2003

The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the National Party, John Anderson, has written to the Head of Programming at the ABC to question the broadcaster’s decision not to televise tonight’s Australian national netball grand final live to air.

Mr Anderson said netball is a popular sport in Australia and many followers of the game would be disappointed that it is not going to be televised live, rather replayed at midnight.

“Netball is the biggest female participation sport in the country. In NSW alone there are 107,000 registered players, nationwide there are more than 350,000,” Mr Anderson said.

“Most people like to watch the grand final as soon as possible without knowing the result. If it is telecast so late and then the next opportunity is the next day, the excitement of watching the game could be gone.

“The proposed time slot of midnight will also mean many young girls, who love playing and watching netball, will not be able to stay up and watch because it is simply too late.

“I do acknowledge that the ABC provides excellent netball coverage throughout the year, however it is disappointing that the biggest game of the season, the grand final, is in such a late time slot.

“I have written to the ABC and requested it consider televising the netball grand final live at 8 pm as it occurs this evening, so that netball enthusiasts and other keen supporters can enjoy the event as it happens.”

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