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Tab NZ sells radio licences to Sports Entertainment Network

| By Robert Fletcher
New Zealand’s TAB NZ has agreed to sell its AM/FM radio licences to multi-platform sports and entertainment business Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) and its new Sports Entertainment Network New Zealand (SENZ) arm.
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The conditional arrangement, which includes supporting infrastructure and racing broadcast audio rights, will see SENZ commit to producing a two-hour weekly Saturday racing preview show.

TAB NZ will have no involvement in the running of SENZ, with the new operation to be independent of TAB NZ’s Trackside and its existing live simulcast of racing. However, the deal does include access to radio broadcast rights for domestic racing.

“SEN has a proven track record in delivering quality sport and racing coverage in Australia and we look forward to a close and mutually beneficial relationship in promoting and covering sport and racing in New Zealand,” TAB NZ executive chair Dean McKenzie said

“We’re confident racing fans will be well-served by the introduction of the new venture which will be in addition to Trackside’s separate existing live simulcast of racing which continues to be available through the TAB website, app and streaming services.”

The acquisition of the licences coincides with the launch of SENZ, which will also feature other live sports broadcasts and local programming.

SEN chief executive Craig Hutchison said: “Our 24/7 sports talk format will include shows hosted by some of New Zealand’s most loved sporting identities – as well as a blockbuster line-up of live sport – all delivered through a fiercely local lens.

“We thank the TAB for reaching terms to take on the former Trackside radio footprint and look forward to partnering with them to provide a unique offering to sports and racing, pacing and chasing fans alike.”

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