TEN’s confusing messages about its commitment to Sport continues with news that it has axed motorsport panel show RPM ahead of the 2012 racing season.
The show which airs on ONE, hosted by Greg Rust, Daryl Beattie and Craig Baird, was previously axed in 2008 before being resurrected again last year.
Last year it moved to a later timeslot following ONE’s shift away from sports programming.
A statement says, “Network TEN can confirm that RPM will not be on ONE in 2012.
“Greg Rust, Daryl Beattie and Craig Baird will continue to host Network TEN’s coverage of the 2012 Formula One and MotoGP seasons.”
Although the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix is less than a month away, it remains unclear whether TEN will take the Sky Sports or the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Formula One commentary feeds this season.
The 2012 season marks the second in a five-year deal between TEN and Formula One.
In January 2011 when RPM was revived, Sam Heard, Head of Marketing – Sport said, “Formula One is our biggest property on ONE, generating fantastic ratings. Motorsport as a whole is very popular with our audience, and felt the time was right to bring it back.”