Consumer watchdog to investigate Aussie V8s

Melbourne Sunday, 7 October 2001, Australia's Consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have been asked to investigate AVESCO (the Australian Vee Eight Super Car organisation in regard to possible breaches of the ...

Melbourne Sunday, 7 October 2001, Australia's Consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have been asked to investigate AVESCO (the Australian Vee Eight Super Car organisation in regard to possible breaches of the country's Trade Practices Act.

The complaint has been filed by the Melbourne based weekly motorsport television show In Pit Lane following AVESCO's refusal to grant the show series accreditation for 2001. The AVESCO restrictions have also spread to on-line publishers resulting in a substantial lessening of competition to AVESCO's own on-line service.

In a letter to the ACCC In Pit Lane producer and host Brett Ramsey said that the restrictions by AVESCO were an attempt by the group to eliminate independent scrutiny of their events and operations and hindered the show's ability to fully cover the local motorsport scene as well as limiting it's ability to sell sponsorship and advertising.

"We're not trying to broadcast the events or asking for any special permission" said Brett "All we are asking is to have the same rights and access as our principal competition".

At Bathurst this weekend, AVESCO's media ban has hit the growing local web based motorsport media. According to writer Shane Rogers at www.conrod.com.au the site's publisher Michael Shaw, announced that the group had been denied media access to all AVESCO events as they are "in competition" with AVESCO's own web publications.

"It appears our success is somewhat an embarrassment to AVESCO, who would rather nobody know that any other sites except "official sanctioned sites" actually exist." said Mr Rogers.

Other electronic media including radio have also been banned.

Brett Ramsey said that he had received independent legal advice that "at the very least the ACCC should closely examine the situation" he also said that In Pit Lane planned to attend the season closing V8 Ultimate at Sandown on December 1 - 2 and would be filming interviews and off track stories regardless of whether they were granted permission or not.

"Our job is to report the latest news, independently without fear or favour and that's exactly what we intend to do at Sandown" The show will seek accreditation from event promoters IMG but will be there with or without it.

In Pit Lane screens weekly free to air across Melbourne on MCTV 31, the show is currently in recess but will return next year as well as going national for the first time. The In Pit Lane website is at www.pitlanepr.com/inpitlane

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