source: http://www.ebroadcast.com.au/enews/top-gear-australia-191107.htmlWorld first for SBS with local version of Top Gear
Following a major deal with BBC Worldwide, SBS will build on its association with Top Gear ? a program that has aired on the network since 2005.
In a world first, SBS has secured the rights to make a local version of the show. It has also extended its commitment to the UK version for the life of the series.
Freehand Productions, BBC Worldwide?s Australasian partner, will produce the local version, which will transmit on SBS in 2008.
?This is fantastic news for SBS, for Top Gear fans and for Australian audiences,? SBS Director of Content, Matt Campbell said.
?Top Gear is a unique show and one of BBC Worldwide?s biggest global properties.
In making it, we won?t simply replicate the UK series with an Australian version of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond or James May. SBS plans to make a program that is uniquely and quintessentially Australian.?
?It is very exciting for us to have done this deal with SBS,? added Julie Dowding, BBC Worldwide Australasia?s Head of Sales. ?We are very proud that the first global deal for a local version of Top Gear has been done here in Australia.?
Top Gear is the BBC?s top-rating, high-octane mix of performance cars, adrenalin, comedy and celebrities. It test drives and brutally appraises the world?s most popular cars with startling honesty ? along with celebrity laps, irreverent wraps and breathtaking stunts and driving.
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson said: ?I'm delighted that Top Gear is going to Australia. Maybe the first guest could be Jonny Wilkinson.?
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