Viewers of Top Gear Australia will be tuning into a new channel in 2010 after it was confirmed today that Channel Nine has negotiated the rights away from SBS. The switch of channels completes a quinella for PBL Media, publishers of Top Gear Australia magazine.
Little surprise, though, that Nine supremo and Australian television heavyweight David Gyngell is excited by the new deal with BBC Worldwide, “We are absolutely delighted to be working together with one of the world’s great broadcasting powerhouses on a program of this quality and wide appeal,” he said.
“Top Gear is quite simply an outstanding television product.”
Details of the cast members following the channel move are undecided, although it appears the Shane Warne rumour was false. Steve Pizzati, a host under the SBS regime, has given little away on his twitter account, other than to say “RE: TGA – Will let you all know when there is something to report. Promise.”
The new Channel Nine deal also includes the rights to the UK series of Top Gear, which is expected to begin Series 14 on UK screens from 15 November. Details and scheduling are yet to be confirmed for Australian audiences, but it is expected Nine will start screening episodes of Top Gear early next year.