Keep country punters in the picture

SYDNEY (AAP): Sydney's race clubs have called on Tabcorp to allow footage from the new racing broadcaster ThoroughVisioN to be screened on the Austar platform so country viewers can see the Sydney and Victorian gallops.

TVN, a joint venture between the Victorian and Sydney race clubs, began its telecasts of the Sydney and Melbourne races this week in place of the coverage from the Tabcorp-owned Sky Channel.

But an exclusive arrangement between Sky and Austar and Optus means subscribers to these services are prevented from viewing the TVN signal.

Australian Jockey Club (AJC) chief executive Tony King and Sydney Turf Club chief executive Michael Kenny said this deal disadvantaged country punters.

In a joint statement, they called on the racing industry and punters to let Tabcorp know the situation could not be tolerated.

"It is within their power to allow TVN to broadcast their signal through Austar," King said.

"We urge them to do the right thing and implore punters who will miss out to make their voice heard."

Kenny said country race fans should ring Tabcorp and lobby their local MPs to put some pressure on Sky to do the right thing.

Meanwhile, Racing NSW has confirmed it will not appeal the NSW Supreme Court judgment this week which gave the AJC and STC licence to sign their broadcast rights over to TVN.

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