Melbourne, May 1 (ANI): Channel 9's blackout of tonight's Grand Final replay in Melbourne has angered Storm fans, especially after it was revealed that its delayed broadcast is strewn with erotic advertisements for the sex industry.
While the semi-pornographic commercials are designed to arouse late-night audiences, they've proved a turn-off for league-loving parents in Melbourne who won't allow their children to watch such explicit images.
Melbourne viewers who endure the replay will be subject to no fewer than a dozen provocative commercials, with The Daily Telegraph counting 12 ads in the same timeslot on Nine this week.
Melbourne foundation member Simon Hilditch is among those appalled, refusing to allow his Storm-obsessed three-year-old Beckham to watch this evening's showdown.
The issue first raised its sordid head in Hilditch's Bayswater lounge room six weeks ago, when he taped the replay of Melbourne's round-two clash against Brisbane that was also shown at midnight in Bleak City.
"We put the tape on the following morning and there were five kids in the lounge room because we had a sleep-over the night before," Hilditch said.
"The very first ad break, virtually every commercial was for something about sex.
"There were women in bikinis, women naked, gyrating all over the place. For the children's sake, we had to switch it off. Beckham was very upset, but as responsible parents we can't allow children of that age to watch such smut."
Nine's Melbourne program manager Len Downs said it was up to parents to be conscious of late-night material. (ANI)