News Bulletin: Origin dead rubber pulls solid TV audience

14 July 2016
Blues prop Aaron Woods celebrates his team's last gasp win in Origin III in spectacular fashion.

Origin dead rubber watched by 3 million

More than 3 million people tuned in to watch the NSW Blues score a last gasp 18-14 win over Queensland in State of Origin III in Sydney last night. This included an average metro audience of 2.1 million and a regional audience of 953,000. Nine's coverage was the most watched program in Sydney and Brisbane across all demos. The audience figure was also up 329,000 on the last State of Origin dead rubber in 2010, but below last year's Origin decider by about 100,000 people. Long-suffering Blues fans had to wait until the last play of the match for Michael Jennings to take advantage of broken, scrambling defence and dart over for a match-winning try. Just as impressive was bearded Blues prop Aaron Woods' attempt to celebrate the win with a flying high five (check out the video below). 

AFP to investigate Sportsbet's in-play service

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will examine whether Sportsbet is breaking any laws with its in-play betting service, Bet Live, after a referral by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Sportsbet says the service complies with the Interactive Gambling Act, but the Federal Government has previously indicated it wants to ban in-play betting on electronic devices. Betting agencies regard in-play betting as a fast-growing and potential lucrative gambling service that hasn't yet taken off in Australia as it has in other markets like the UK. 

BMW radio ad banned for misleading claim in UK

A UK radio ad for BMW has been banned for exaggerating the capabilities of the high-beam assist technology on the 1 Series car headlights. The UK ad watchdog said the ad, created by FCB Inferno, must not appear again in its current form after it investigated a complaint the claim “oncoming traffic is never dazzled” was misleading.

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