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Rallycorp, the commercial rights holder of the NEC Australian Rally Championship, has today confirmed the television broadcast and production details for 2007 and beyond.

The television package of the NEC ARC will continue to be a nine hour package consisting of pre-season, mid-season and end of season reviews, and a one hour package devoted to each of the six events in the NEC ARC Super Series.

The NEC Australian Rally Championship will continue its long term relationship with Network Ten who will broadcast the package on free-to-air television in a Saturday afternoon timeslot.

“We have been a broadcast partner of the ARC for over a decade now, and we’re delighted to be continuing that long-term relationship with this new three year deal,” says General Manager of Sport, David White.

“We have great confidence in the future of the NEC ARC and are very pleased to be part of that future”.

For the first time in many years the NEC ARC package will also be shown on Fox Sports in its entirety, with a deal being struck for them to broadcast the shows in conjunction with their complement of WRC broadcasts.

In a departure from the previous model where a Network Ten team produced the coverage, the production will now be outsourced. After an exhaustive and wide-ranging submission process involving the Rallycorp Board and representatives of each of the manufacturers, North One Television has been selected as the new production partner of the NEC ARC.

North One Television are one of the UK’s biggest independent TV production companies and amongst many contracts produce the coverage of the World Rally Championship and are the host broadcaster of the British Grand Prix. Under the leadership of Adam Kay and Jo Ormston they have recently expanded into Asia/Pacific and already boast Tennis Australia as a client.

Adam Kay was the location Producer/Director of the WRC for three years and assumed the role of Producer of the ARC for Channel Ten when he moved to Australia in 2005. Jo Ormston is currently Head of Production of the WRC and has vast experience in motor sport.

‘’North One Australia are delighted to be welcomed to the ARC family and we will use our wealth of motor sport knowledge and contacts to further enhance the coverage of the Australian Rally Championship. We look forward to the continued success of the programming on Network Ten and welcome Fox Sports to the Australian Rally community’’

Rallycorp Chairman, Steve Ashton, said he was delighted the outcomes of each of these negotiations.

“We’re very pleased to be continuing our relationship with Network Ten for the next three years. I’d especially like to pay tribute to Executive Producer of Motorsport, Scott Young, and his dedicated team of production staff who have produced our coverage over many years.”

“We are aiming for a new era of growth of the NEC ARC on Network Ten and Fox Sports using North One’s expertise, while also increasing the broadcast of the programs internationally” continued Ashton. “We have already secured a deal with WRC rights holder ISC to provide extensive coverage of the NEC ARC in its ‘Rally World’ magazine program that is distributed worldwide, and we are in discussions to increase that further.”

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