THE ABC has axed ground-breaking indigenous program The Marngrook Footy Show after two seasons.
Staff were told by ABC2 managers on Thursday that there would not be a third season because of high production costs, poor ratings and strong competition in that segment of the market.
An ABC spokeswoman said an increase in the number of football programs generally - seven shown on Thursday nights - had influenced the decision.
''ABC2 has limited resources and it was by far the most expensive program ABC2 produced,'' spokeswoman Lesna Thomas said.
Marngrook was signed by the ABC from Channel 31 two years ago as a football show produced by indigenous people and with a panel of indigenous former players.
The show's executive producer and host, Grant Hansen, said while he accepted the ABC's decision, the show had been signed by ABC2 only two years ago and the number of competing programs had not significantly altered.
''It's a bridge between two cultures,'' he said.