Long-running Indigenous AFL show the Marngrook Footy Show has been axed by NITV.
The show has enjoyed 12 years on SBS and NITV, and previously ABC2 and C31. It first aired in 1997 as a radio show and received two Logie nominations as Best Sports show.
The weekly footy panel show, led by Grant Hansen, Gilbert McAdam, Leila Gurruwiwi & Shelley Ware will not be returning when the 2020 AFL season begins in March.
Founder and producer Grant Hansen wrote on Facebook, “It’s true that NITV – SBS has decided after 10 successful years and there (sic) most popular show not to continue with the Marngrook Footy Show.
“We are hopeful of continuing on another network. We thank all our fans and supporters for your support to the program over 12 years.”
He also told News Corp “I can’t understand their reasoning, it was the most popular show on the network and brought people to NITV.
“People are just stunned. They were lining up to be on it, musicians used to call us to get on the show, players and their managers would want to come on.
“It’s a really crazy decision. Hopefully someone will come to their senses at SBS.”
Hansen said he had already fielded some interest from mainstream networks.