The ANZAC Test match between Australia and New Zealand will be delayed when it airs on Nine tomorrow night.
The league game kicks off at 6:30pm AEST at Eden Park, Auckland. But Nine won’t begin the broadcast until 7:30pm following The Block.
The Courier Mail reports Nine has refused to screen it on a digital channel. While this is true of Brisbane and Sydney, it isn’t true in other states.
It airs on GEM in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth -but it remains delayed in all three. Melbourne: 7:30pm, Adelaide: 7pm, Perth: 5:30pm.
With the game nearly over by the time the broadcast begins in Australia, fans will need to ignore websites, Twitter and social media to avoid hearing the results.
When Nine announced it would add NRL to GEM it said, “From round five of the NRL, the southern markets will broadcast two games in Friday Night Football, one live at 7.30pm AEST and the next one at 9.30pm AEST. Then on Sunday afternoon, a third match will go to air at 4.00pm nationally.”
NRL chief executive David Gallop was tactful in his response to the broadcast scheduling.
“Both the league and Nine recognise the appetite for live footy but there are practical limitations around the time difference with New Zealand for the Friday night game and there’s a need to give people the opportunity to be in their lounge room for the game from work,” Gallop said.