SBS loses Tour Down under to Nine

By David Knox on November 11, 2011 / Filed Under News 36

As previously tipped, Nine has secured the broadcast rights to the Tour Down Under from SBS in a three-year deal to begin from January.

Nine will broadcast all six stages of the Santos Tour Down Under to be held in Adelaide from January 15 to 22.

The first four stages will be screened as a daily highlights package as part of Wide World of Sports on Nine with the final two stages broadcast Live.

Andrew Voss will host with commentary from Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen.

Steve Crawley, Head of Sport for the Nine Network, said: “Australia has a great history of success in Olympic cycling and in an Olympic year this event will showcase some of the best Australian and international cycling talent leading into London 2012.”

The rights switch was tipped by tweets from SBS staff last week.

“We’ll be on site and do what we’re allowed too. News access videos and some bits and pieces. Not comprehensive though,” SBS TV senior sports producer Stuart Randall tweeted.

Cycling remains a big drawcard for SBS with Cadel Evans’ win in the Tour de France as its top rating event for 2012.

It isn’t the first time Nine has swooped on the rights to a popular SBS show with Top Gear famously switching networks in a deal with the BBC.


  1. Dee Andrews January 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm -

    What an absolute disgrace. The broadcast was a joke, 11.30pm at night and why not get a great big oaf to try and talk to two very intelligent men about something he clearly knows naught about! Cut short and no respect shown towards the very iconic Phil Liggett or Paul. Disgusted and appalled at the waste of what was the best highlight of the year. Heaven help us if the Tour de France goes to the same channel. Red neck media should not be given the rights to professional sports coverage.

  2. Karlos January 19, 2012 at 12:10 am -

    How can a station who clearly supports a cyclist hater during the time slot the TDU coverage should have been on, have any rights broadcast cycling? Let alone doing it wrong anyway.

    Cycling is not the grand final. We are not here to see “a bunch of stacks mate”

  3. Keith January 18, 2012 at 10:23 am -

    A very sad day for cycling in Australia indeed. A replay at 11:30pm? Nine 6pm news on Monday showed the start twice and little else. At least Phil & Paul have stopped Nine from mucking around with their format.

  4. Belinda January 18, 2012 at 3:20 am -

    Commercialism over quality. What a disgrace. Chameleon 9 cares nothing for cycling and you have no right to have anything to do with covering th tdu. Just after midnight and and an hour of coverage to go. Come on sbs and cycling fans. Show your anger!!!!!! Sbs forever!!!!!!

  5. scoope January 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm -

    I always lookes forward in watching the tour down under it lookes like I won’t this year. channel 9 will do what they did with the Rugby world cup and note show it. Whete was it last night {15th}. That was set up for TV

  6. Mitch January 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm -

    Another David Attenborough film @ 7! Land of heat and Dust, wow cant wait…knowone cares…tossers at 9

  7. Mitch January 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm -

    Have just looked at the sbs schedule for tonight as well as every bloody channel but there is nothing to be seen. Can’t believe a sporting event like this is not being played live or at least repeated in a decent manner later. This is a disgrace! Cant wait until the European spring starts and the Eurosport coverage. Massively disappointed!!!

  8. johnny bruce January 10, 2012 at 10:34 am -

    It will be interesting to see how many ads will be telecast during Nine’s live coverage of the final two stages. If they run true to form we will get seven minutes of action then three minutes of ads. Is this any way to cover a sporting event?

  9. Kath December 23, 2011 at 12:39 am -

    OMG – I have just heard about this – I must have been in a cave!
    I am absolutely horrified. Clearly, it will be a disaster on Channel 9…the death of cycling as we know it …they will rape and pillage what has been a premier coverage on SBS.. So not happy!! -:o((

  10. David Knox November 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm -


  11. Armchair Analyst November 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm -

    Whether SBS showed it Live or not its irrelevant now, the stooges at NIne have it now and they will mess it up, the organisers simply went for the money and the coverage will suffer no doubt about it. Happens all thetime here.

  12. Zambora November 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm -

    Money talks.
    Commentary by Phil & Paul will be fine but wait for commercial breaks before sprints and mountain stages will have to have 10 min drink breaks
    David, do we know if it will be on Nine or Go ?

  13. Joe November 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm -

    I’m pretty sure SBS never even showed it live. I remember they just showed a 30 minute highlights package each night at 6.30

  14. bettestreep2008 November 12, 2011 at 10:16 am -

    Nine did a pathetic job with the Rugby World Cup recently – and will continue to do a crap job with the Tour Down Under too.

    And it’s a certainty that the “expert” commentators will have to make room for Eddie Everywhere and Karl “He won the Gold Logie WTF!” Stefanovic.

    And they’ll probably have Shelley Craft covering the fashions on the track too.

    Another sporting event being screwed for the sake of big bucks.

  15. rob November 12, 2011 at 8:11 am -

    Another vulture capital knife in the back for cycling. Welcome to the Wide World of Rorts.

  16. Danny Wu November 12, 2011 at 7:27 am -


  17. col November 12, 2011 at 12:29 am -

    I can just see it now , just like the horse racing , but itll be Eddie Everywhere in his spandex pants on a bike chatting to the winner.Welcome Aboard.

  18. Tyson November 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm -

    Probably spent all their little money on it too. Must be why they’ve “rested” RPA…

  19. Jezza (the first original one) November 11, 2011 at 11:15 pm -

    ah so it will no longer be televised then?

  20. JamesJ November 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm -

    Hopefully if no one watches, Nine will not purchase the rights next time, and TDU can return to SBS. Same with Top Gear, it doesnt rate on Nine anymore, if it ever did, time to give it back.

  21. Alf November 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm -

    Sadly all of these comments are likely to be true.

  22. Stevo November 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm -

    As long as SBS doesnt get the big one. It would be absolutely devastating if they lost it. SBS do such an amazing job with it!

  23. Dutchy November 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm -

    I wont be watching anymore….

  24. Johnson November 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm -

    Given Nine’s low ratings in Adelaide, I think the news won’t be well received there. This will actually encourage locals to go out and see the cycling live instead of watching it on Nine.

  25. D@GP November 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm -

    It’ll probably be shafted at the last minute and replaced by:
    1) Frozen Planet: The Cold Shoulder
    2) CSI: Corpses ‘R Us
    3) Prime Suspect: Who Goes Where ‘n’ Who Cares
    4) Person of Interest: Who Cares Who Goes Where
    5) Two and a Half Cretins: Yep
    6) The Big Bong Theory: You Got It
    7) The Best of Brian Henderson’s National Nine News

  26. nada November 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm -

    by the time nine is finished with it it will be unreconisable as a bike race it will go the same way as Top Gear.

  27. deedeedragons November 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm -


  28. Jen13 November 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm -

    What a disaster!
    I wouldn’t trust 9 with…….anything.

  29. Craig November 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm -

    They have no money and still do this, not that I watched the tour (not my sport) so I guess no more HD and ads every 5 minutes? At least SBS still have the Tour de France.

  30. Midge November 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm -

    This can only be bad news

  31. Chris November 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm -

    SBS were great but they actually only ever showed 2 stages live of this event. Nine will use the same commentators. Its just a shame that Andrew Voss is involved. He is a terrible broadcaster.

    At least SBS still have the TDF for many years to come.

  32. Guy November 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm -

    Goodbye tour down under. I’ll miss you. Nine will wreck it like it does with everything else.

  33. catherine November 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm -

    Yeah taking top gear from sbs was a great get for them. I still remember David Gyngell saying it will be the number 1 show.

    Well at least SBS still have the important one.

  34. Lulu November 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm -

    I hate to say it, but you’ll be lucky to see any footage if it’s on Nine. A highlights package? That’s just lazy, SBS would have shown it All live!

  35. Kaylen November 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm -

    Goodbye, quality. It was good while it lasted.

    Hello advertisements and ego. :\

  36. Peter Young November 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm -

    I’m sure Nine will keep to their standards and do to the Tour Down Under what they did to Top Gear…

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