Yesterday a rumour on 3AW suggested that Top Gear Australia could be moving from SBS to Channel Nine -with Shane Warne as host no less.
The local version has had two seasons on SBS with Steve Pizzati, Warren Brown and this year joined by James Morrison.
The show is enormously expensive for the public broadcaster, and while it doesn’t pull the same figures of the UK original, it remains the network’s most popular local production, averaging around 600,000 viewers.
By moving to Nine the show would be under the PBL Media banner, which currently has publishing rights to the Top Gear magazine brand.
Yesterday, TV Tonight put some of the questions to the very coy players in the equation.
SBS has been in discussions with BBC about a third season for some months. Yesterday it had no further news on the state of play.
A spokesperson for BBC Worldwide simply said, “I can confirm that BBC Worldwide is in discussions about the future of Top Gear, but can’t comment further while any negotiations with anyone are ongoing.”
If and when a third series is approved it would likely continue to be produced by Freehand Productions, which is part-owned by the BBC, although even that is yet to be confirmed too.