Australia's Network Ten to broadcast GP weekend

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Three huge days of F1 Network Ten roars into its inaugural season as Australia's Formula One broadcaster with an unprecedented three days of coverage at the 2003 Fosters Australian Grand Prix by televising the first Formula One Qualifying...

Three huge days of F1

Network Ten roars into its inaugural season as Australia's Formula One broadcaster with an unprecedented three days of coverage at the 2003 Fosters Australian Grand Prix by televising the first Formula One Qualifying session and V8 Supercar race on Friday, March 7 between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

Another first for the Australian Grand Prix will be the all-Australian commentary for the Formula One race. Network Ten's motor sport host, Bill Woods and recently retired V8 Supercar driver and now TEN commentator, Neil Crompton, will call the main race with 500cc legend, Daryl Beattie covering all the action in the pits.

Network Ten holds the Australian broadcast rights to the FIA Formula One World Championship for 2003 through 2005.

TEN's general manager - sport, David White, said: "Motor sport's `jewel in the crown' cements our position as broadcaster of every major motor sport category in the world.

"As host broadcaster of the Australian Grand Prix, we will draw on a production team renowned for its motor sport expertise."

"Since 1997, Network Ten has raised the profile of televised motor sport in Australia to unprecedented levels. We have given events regular time slots and approached coverage in a novel, often groundbreaking manner to achieve consistently high ­ and growing - ratings. We'll apply the same commitment to Formula One."

Throughout the season, viewers will enjoy improved Formula One broadcast times, with all European rounds shown immediately following the Sunday night movie and rounds in North and South America shown live.

In addition to the race broadcasts, Sports Tonight and RPM will provide extensive news and stories on Formula One throughout the year.

RPM is Network TEN's flagship motor sport program. One third of the episodes this year will be extended to 90 minutes to accommodate race previews (including qualifying), race analysis and exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage.

BROADCAST TIMES FOR 2003 FOSTERS AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Friday, March 7 - 1.30pm 4.30pm ADST LIVE
Saturday, March 8 - 10.00am 5.00pm ADST LIVE
Sunday, March 9 - 11.00am 5.00pm ADST LIVE

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