ABC Grandstand withdraws broadcast commitments to Group 6 grand final day

Action from the 2017 Group 6 grand final between Campbelltown City and Thirlmere. Picture: Michael White
Action from the 2017 Group 6 grand final between Campbelltown City and Thirlmere. Picture: Michael White

One of Australia’s leading broadcasting teams has cancelled its upcoming trip to Campbelltown – but it’s for a good cause.

Last week, The Advertiser revealed ABC Grandstand would broadcast the Group 6 first grade grand final across its NSW network on September 16.

The ABC has now confirmed the Grandstand team will instead spend that weekend in Griffith covering the Group 20 grand finals while raising money for the Red Cross Drought Appeal.

ABC’s executive director, radio sport, Ned Hall said the decision was made by the company’s senior management. 

“We do get round to different country [rugby league] groups each year and I had planned to go to Group 6 this time,” he said.

“Sadly, this [change of plans] means we’ve had to miss it this year.”

Group 6 Rugby League executive officer Stephen Hazelton said it was disappointing news but “good to see ABC supporting farmers”.

“It would have been exciting for them to cover our grand final, but it’s probably the best thing for them to do,” he said.

“ABC apologised for their late change of plans but they will keep us in mind for 2019.

“It’s not so much about ABC cancelling their trip here, instead it should be postponed until next year.”

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