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Agency Board in Australia and New Zealand, universally
shortened to TAB, is the name given to monopoly
totalisator organisations. All were originally
government owned, but many of the Australian ones
were privatised in the 1990s.
TABs have extensive radio networks in Australia,
except in Victoria and Tasmania where other parties
own equivalent networks. All these networks share
the National Racing Service, a continuous broadcast
of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing.
This makes up the bulk of these networks' content.
Collectively, these networks own more radio licences
than any other group in Australia - however their
terrestrial coverage is less than the ABC as they
generally have tiny wattages.
heir of the NSW TAB also owns a national racing
subscription TV service. In New Zealand, the TAB
owns a near-national free-to-air and national
subscription TV service. Most New Zealanders can
sit at their analogue TV with a standard aerial
and watch racing.
the mid-2000s, the TABs in Australia were involved
in a dispute with Betfair, attempting to deny
the organisation access to a license in Australia.
The Tasmanian government granted access to a licence
in 2005 (with advertising prominent throughout
the state). In a media smear campaign, one of
the TABs at one point ran advertisements that
aimed to undermine Betfair's credibility (due
to horses being laid to lose).
New Zealand TAB was replaced by the New Zealand
Racing Board in 2003. (Credit: