New Zealand First leader Winston Peters described Spark Sport’s Rugby World Cup coverage as an “abject disaster”, following widespread issues in the broadcast of the All Black’s victory over the Springboks.
Speaking to the Weekend Collective, Mr Peters said he watched the game on his mobile phone and that he could “understand what the people are talking about” when they complained about Spark Sport’s coverage.
“It was just not satisfactory,” he added.
NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell’s member’s bill, the “Games of National Significance” bill, wants to make all sporting events that are of national significance to be free-to-air on television. The Party Leader Peters said that New Zealand should follow the lead of other countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia, which have free-to-air coverage of important sporting events.