Here's the response I just got from Speed:
First, as you say, Speed is the only network carrying World Rally.
Secondly, our coverage is really being cut back by only one -half hour per
event, and that is because of production cutbacks by the world feed
producer. We dropped the one-hour "Rally X-tra," which was really just a
condensation of our two-hour same day report that aired (and will continue
to run) each Sunday night at the conclusion of a rally event. The half-hour
"Rally XS" remains as a recap of the previous rally and a peek at the
upcoming series. In fact, Rally XS will probably run more often under this
It all comes down to economics. The small audiences drawn to this series do
not justify the expense of providing daily coverage. Consider the
Is it just me, or is that a little condescending right at the end with the 'consider the alternative' line. The whole thing seemed pretty snotty. Here's what I started this dialogue with:
I have begun to hear that your coverage of World Rally Championship racing
will be limited to one, one hour program following each rally. I sincerely
hope that this is not the case, as your single day coverage last year was
already a bit of a step back in terms of WRC television coverage. While I
certainly appreciate that WRC is covered at all on American television, I
would hate to see it marginalized by the only carrier available. If plans
are to drop coverage to one hour for each rally, please reconsider and look
at extending this coverage to give more details about each rally. Those of
us that have become true fans of WRC on Speed would be thrilled to see it
covered as well as possible.
Is it just me? I have an email back to them to mention that they might not want to be asshats (not using that language, obviously), but I wanna make sure that it's not just me.