Renovation shows are being blamed for fuelling house price bubbles in Sydney and part of Melbourne, a Senate estimates committee has been told.
Treasury secretary John Fraser said the popularity of shows such as The Block, House Rules and Reno Rumble were to blame for dizzying prices.
The comments follow The Block having enjoyed record auction sales in late April.
Andrew Backwell, Nine’s Director of Programming and Production told Fairfax, “There has been a lot of renovation TV on this year. It definitely been saturated in that area.
“You are seeing Reno Rumble up against House Rules. It’s a great pity that we have two renovation shows against each other on two big channels, so essentially you split the audience – one day Reno Rumble wins the next day House Rules wins.”
Both of which is good news for TEN’s MasterChef.
Of course it was Nine that opted to cast former House Rules contestants into a new format, seen by many as a spoiler against Seven’s renovation show (itself greenlit following Nine’s successes with The Block). Last year Seven CEO Tim Worner revealed Nine’s brash casting move, with some cynicism, ahead of Nine’s own announcement.
Both Seven and Nine are filming second seasons of their shows, due to air later this year, while Seven also combines food and renovation in Restaurant Revolution.