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Seven unveils golden Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games broadcast team


Three of Australia’s greatest athletes – Ian Thorpe, Cate Campbell and Curtis McGrath –headline the Seven Network’s unrivalled commentary team as Australia’s Home of the Commonwealth Games unveils another history-making broadcast undertaking with up to 30 exclusive and free, live and replay channels across Seven, 7mate and 7plus.

With an anticipated 200 genuine medal attempts for Australia, Seven has assembled a first-class team of hosts and commentators to deliver its coverage of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Beginning in just 50 days, Birmingham 2022 will mark the country’s second-biggest broadcast and digital event following Seven’s award-winning coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Australia’s most loved and respected sports broadcaster, Bruce McAvaney, returns for his fifth Commonwealth Games, broadcasting from the UK alongside three-time Australian Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Tamsyn Manou.

Counting down to the much-anticipated Games, Seven today announced its broadcast hosting team will be led by Hamish McLachlan, Abbey Gelmi, Matt Shirvington, Emma Freedman, Johanna Griggs, Abbey Holmes, Ryan Daniels and Trent Copeland, while Mel McLaughlin, Jason Richardson, Amy Parks and Matt Carmichael will be joined in Birmingham by Olympic great Cate Campbell.

Australia’s equal most successful Commonwealth Games athlete, 10-time gold medallist Ian Thorpe, will join Seven’s commentary team to call swimming events following his acclaimed commentary contribution during Seven’s coverage of Tokyo 2020.

Australian Paralympians Annabelle (Annie) Williams and Curtis McGrath will further strengthen Seven’s coverage as they lead the broadcast of the fully-integrated para program, while fellow Commonwealth Games medallists David Culbert, Kate Bates, Georgie Parker, Scott McGrory and Catherine Cox also join the team.

Master broadcaster Basil Zempilas leads an impressive team of callers including the global doyen of cycling commentary, Phil Liggett, rugby expert Greg Clark and accomplished callers Matt Hill, Alister Nicholson, Jon Harker, Liz Chetkovic and Sue Gaudion.

Following an incredible Summer of Cricket on Seven, experienced callers Alison Mitchell and Lisa Sthalekar will provide expert commentary during the T20 cricket, while Australian Rugby Seven’s athlete, Tiana Penitani former professional ironwoman, Candice Warner, and Australian cyclist, Paul van der Ploeg round out the team.

For Bruce McAvaney, anticipation is building in what promises to be an extraordinary Games across 12 days featuring many of the world’s greatest athletes, and Australia’s brightest stars.

“We’ve barely taken a breath since the euphoria of both the Summer and Winter Olympics,” he said.

“Seeing our athletes compete again so soon on the world stage is unprecedented and these Commonwealth Games will showcase the world’s best in many sports that don’t feature elsewhere. Women’s cricket is on show for the first time and netball will see us up against our arch-rivals, New Zealand.

“The integration of para-sports means we get to see our champions such as Madi De Rozario in the same program as Nicola McDermott and Ash Maloney. The flying mullet, Rohan Browning, and Peter Bol are back, as are the Jamaicans and Kenyans who dominate world athletics. We’re formidable in the pool, spearheaded by Emma McKeon and Ariarne Titmus.

“We have a long history of Commonwealth glory. I’m thinking of Deeks and Raelene in Brisbane in 1982 and, 12 years later, Cathy’s lap of honour with the double flag in Canada, plus Kerryn McCann’s emotional marathon win in front of a home crowd in Melbourne in 2006.

“Seven’s team is primed and ready. Our athletes will be at their peak. It’s going to be something very special.”

Viewers will wake up to major live events and medal moments each day with Emma Freedman and Matt Shirvington as they steer Seven’s morning broadcast from 3.30am AEST. The early morning hosts have also been given the honour of commentating the excitement and colour of the Opening Ceremony, alongside Australian Paralympian Annie Williams.

Shortly after the daily early morning coverage, Australia’s #1 breakfast show Sunrise will bring viewers all the latest Birmingham 2022 news and exclusive athlete interviews from 5.30am, with resident sport expert Mark Beretta broadcasting live from the host city.

Esteemed broadcaster Johanna Griggs will guide Seven’s afternoon audience through two hours of daily highlights featuring exclusive interviews with victorious athletes and their families and friends, from 3.00pm AEST daily.

Following 7NEWS at 6.00pm every night of the Games, two of Australia’s most-revered sports broadcasters – Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi – will guide, inform and entertain audiences through Seven’s prime time coverage from 7.00pm, bringing viewers all the live medal moments.

Each night Mel McLaughlin and Jason Richardson will be live from the host city with the best of the late-night coverage of the Games, alongside a rotating cast of nightly guests.

Keeping viewers completely up-to-date overnight will be fan favourites Abbey Holmes and Ryan Daniels.

Hamish McLachlan said: “Australia has always had an enormous presence and incredible success at the Commonwealth Games, and it has often been the launching pad for some of Australia’s most famous sporting names.

“Ian Thorpe and Hayley Lewis as teenagers announced themselves to the world. Stories like theirs are hard to believe, but equally mind-blowing journeys will emerge in Birmingham.

“We are one of just six countries to send athletes to every Commonwealth Games. The brilliance of our athletes has seen us place first at 13 of the 21 Games held to date, and we have been in the top three countries for all Games other than the first in 1930.

“I love the integration of schedules that sees the able-bodied and para-sport programs integrated. It was the highlight of Gold Coast 2018 for me. Watching Kurt Fearnley in the marathon encapsulated everything that is wonderful about sport.

“It is always a ‘friendly’ Games, and I’m looking forward to seeing the green and gold do well and help tell the stories of our athletes.”

Abbey Gelmi added: “After experiencing the way Australians celebrated our athletes in Tokyo and Beijing, I couldn’t be more excited to once again join Hamish and the Seven team to tell the stories of Birmingham 2022.

“The spirit of the Commonwealth Games, or the ‘friendly games’ as they’re known, reflects perfectly the values we admire in those who wear the green and gold – sportsmanship, humanity and equality.

“Birmingham will bring together more than 4,500 athletes from across 72 nations, with the largest-ever integrated para-sport program, as well as a record number of mixed events.

“Some exciting new sports will make their debut such as Women’s T20 cricket, with all eyes on our all-conquering world champions. As for the track, field and pool, so many of the characters who won our hearts at Tokyo 2020 last year will once again take centre stage, not to mention the soon-to-be household names about to emerge in moments of brilliance.

“With Australia having won more medals across all Commonwealth Games than any other country, fans have every reason to be excited about what’s to come. It’s a privilege to be part of the team once again.”

Australians can tune into 7plus to catch all the action, with up to 30 live and replay channels right at their fingertips. Featuring replays, event minis, trending highlights, exclusive interviews with Aussie athletes and all the best action on demand, viewers will not miss a moment on 7plus.

Seven Network Head of Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “Seven stands alone as Australia’s Home of Sport and, once again, we will bring unrivalled expertise to our monumental coverage of Birmingham 2022.”

“While we will proudly get behind our incredible Australian athletes alongside the rest of the nation, we will never ignore the incredible stories of the rest of the world. You can trust Seven and our extraordinary team of experts to uncover the most gripping stories of the Games and take you inside every single event, to the best of the action, at all times.”

Australians will be able to keep up to date with all the latest news, the biggest and best moments, and exclusive content, on the 7Sport social channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Broadcast hosting schedule:
7.00pm –11.00pm AEST live on Channel 7

Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi will entertain viewers through Seven’s nightly prime time coverage of the Games including our Aussie’s best swimming, athletics and cycling moments, along with live athlete and family interviews direct from Birmingham.

11.00pm – 12.30am AEST live on Channel 7

Mel McLaughlin and Jason Richardson will join us live from the host city immediately after the primetime session each night to share all the highlights of the day and take us to more live events as they happen.

12.30am – 3.30am AEST live on Channel 7

Abbey Holmes and Ryan Daniels will present the best of the overnight action in Birmingham, including our Aussie’s taking on basketball 3 x 3, beach volleyball, cricket, hockey, netball and rugby 7’s.

3.30am – 5.30am AEST live on Channel 7, 5.30am – 7.30am AEST live on 7mate

Emma Freedman and Matt Shirvington will bring us the best gold medal moments each morning, covering finals across multiple sports.

3.00pm – 5.00pm AEST, live on Channel 7

Johanna Griggs brings viewers the best from Birmingham each day of the Games.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games 28 July to 8 August
Live and free on Seven and 7plus
The only place to see it all!

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Face to Face with Georgie Nichols

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Recently appointed as NSW Sales Director, Georgie Nichols shares the biggest benefit for clients incorporating regional markets in their media buy and the content she is most excited to watch on Seven in 2022!

Q1. Congratulations on your recent appointment as NSW Sales Director! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got to where you are now.

I have worked in media and marketing roles both here and in London for over 20 years now. I have spent most of my career in media agencies but also worked for 6 years at Telstra where I set up their media department from scratch and proud to see it still going strong 12 years after I left to have baby #2! Coming to Seven was my first role on the Publisher side and I have loved the opportunity to now experience every side of the media and marketing ecosystem and to work with some truly inspiring leaders.

Q2. In addition to the metro market, you’ve recently acquired regional markets in your remit with the acquisition of Prime. What do you believe is the biggest benefit to clients?

36% of Australians live in regional areas yet so many brands are not capitalising on their ability to reach 9.1m potential regional customers – focusing only on capital city markets. Having worked on all sides of the media fence, I know for clients and agencies, being able to have one conversation about how they can reach their target audience nationally and to seamlessly implement and optimise their strategies through one place, will be a game changer for our partners.

Q3. What content coming to Seven are you most excited about in 2022?

There is so much great content coming so hard to choose but my girls are massive Big Brother fans and we are all looking forward to the upcoming season and celebrating Big Brother’s 21st Birthday!  I am also really looking forward to seeing Australian Idol come to life across the screens of Seven. I sponsored the first three seasons of Australian Idol when I was a client at Telstra and it was one of our most successful partnerships with brand and preference scores lifting significantly across the three seasons, so I can’t wait to open up the power of Idol to many of our partners – and to watch it with the kids! Also, I’m very excited for the Commonwealth Games in less than 80 days!

Q4. Outside of work, what keeps you busy, healthy and entertained?

My family keeps me VERY busy. I have 12 and 14 year-old daughters who are very into sport so my weekends are spent driving all over Sydney to watch them surf, swim, play waterpolo or AFL. I am also lucky enough to have a big extended family and lots of great friends who I love to catch up with across the weekends. Fitness wise I love pilates, yoga and there is nothing like swimming in the ocean.

Q5. Finally, what advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Don’t be afraid to take risks, back yourself, lead by example and be kind.

Get set for The Voice Grand Finale


Lachie, Thando, Jordan and Faith have Voice victory within reach

Last night on The Voice, breathtaking performances and soaring emotions took the Semi-Final to new heights as the artists vied for a life-changing spot in The Voice Grand Finale, 7.00pm next Sunday, 29 May on Channel 7 and 7plus.  

The four spectacular voices competing for glory in the Grand Finale are Victorian Lachie Gill from Team Rita, Victorian Thando Sikwila from Team Keith, NSW artist Jordan Tavita from Team Guy and Queensland’s Faith Sosene from Team Jess. 

Jordan cemented his Grand Finale spot over Cassidy Mackie with an emotional performance of Foreigner’s I Want To Know What Love Is, dedicated to his Nanna. “She took her last breath two nights ago,” he said. “I just know my Nanna is looking down at me right now saying you better come through, so I’m going to do this for her.”

After the announcement, a shocked Jordan said: “My head is still spinning, Guy let’s get to work!”

Keith faced his most difficult decision yet after Thando and Tamworth teenager Lane Pittman took to The Voice stage. The superstar coach said: “You’re storytellers. You’ve both shown huge leaps of growth from the Blinds to here and I think for all of us coaches that’s the number one thing we are looking for: someone that is going to evolve and grow as an artist every step of the way. You have both done that equally. It’s extraordinary.”

Thando secured her Grand Finale berth with a spinetingling interpretation of Ariana Grande’s POV against Lane’s Father And Son by Cat Stevens. Keith scored Thando’s “superb” performance “100 out of 100”. Thando said: “Thank you so much for believing in me. I cannot believe that I am the last woman standing on your team!”

Lachie locked in his Grand Finale spot with a captivating rendition of Déjà Vu by Olivia Rodrigo over Xanthe Campbell’s abcdefu by Gayle. Rita said: “He’s worked so hard. He steps it up a notch every single time. You’re everything one can look for in creating a superstar.”  

A visibly shocked Lachie said: “Every week a fire is burning. I just want to keep going and keep going. I have learnt so much but I am just having so much fun. I don’t want this to stop.” 

Faith proved she deserved her Grand Finale place after Jess set the challenge to “give yourself permission now to believe in yourself”. Faith’s powerful delivery of Beyoncé’s Listen moved her superstar coach to tears as she took Faith to the Grand Finale over Jael Wena, who performed Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now.

A thrilled Faith said: “Wow, it feels like a dream.”

Voting is now open for Australia to decide who will be crowned The Voice 2022, taking home $100,000 prizemoney and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia. 

The Voice’stop four artists have each released a new original track ahead of the Grand Finale. The singles were selected in collaboration with each artist, who worked with high-profile producers and songwriters to showcase their incredible voices. From power ballads to pop with attitude, the singles are available to stream or download now.  

Faith Sosene Words You Should Have Heard 

Jordan Tavita 100 Years From Now

Lachie Gill Wasted Time

Thando Sikwila The Other Side

Next Sunday night, the show-stopping Grand Finale will see the final four artists take to The Voice stage for a spectacular duet with their superstar coaches, as Australia decides who will be The Voice 2022.   

The Voice Grand Finale 

Sunday, 29 May 7.00pm on Channel 7 and 7plus

Vote here

Top Four original singles artwork here

Historic Dreamtime match headlines AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round


Mega fortnight of footy on Seven and 7mate

Footy fans will be treated to an incredible two weekends of the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round live and free on Seven, headlined by the marquee Dreamtime blockbuster between traditional rivals Richmond and Essendon on Saturday night.

A mainstay on the AFL calendar, the 2022 Sir Doug Nicholls Round will celebrate the contributions of aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Australian Football and the country.

Kicking off with tomorrow night’s Carlton v Sydney Swans clash at Marvel Stadium, Seven will spend the Half Time Break with this year’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round Honouree, Jingili/Warramunga/Ngalakan/Arrente man and football legend, Bill Dempsey.

A legend of the game on and off the field, Dempsey is a member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and a triple premiership player for both West Perth and the Darwin Buffaloes. Following his football career, Dempsey has committed his life to supporting Indigenous communities with his inspirational work in public housing.

Returning to the MCG for the first time since 2019, fans can witness all the key moments from the historic Dreamtime match between Richmond and Essendon live and free on 7mate, this Saturday night from 6.30pm AEST.

Seven’s Dreamtime team will include three-time Brisbane Lions premiership player Chris Johnson alongside Hamish McLachlan, Luke Darcy, Wayne Carey and Abbey Holmes.

Seven’s Dreamtime at the G coverage will include a Welcome to Country conducted by Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung elder Uncle Colin Hunter. Then, fans can tune in for half-time performance by up-and-coming vocalist Kristal West, the granddaughter of Indigenous land rights activist, the late Dr Eddie Mabo.

In Round 11, football’s #1 commentary team will be in Sydney to call the annual Marn Grook Game between the Sydney Swans and Richmond at the SCG, before heading to Darwin to bring footy fans all the action from the Gold Coast Suns v Hawthorn clash at TIO Stadium.

In a coup for footy fans, Darwin-born Shaun Burgoyne will return to the Top End to provide special comments as his old side takes to the field at TIO Stadium.

Before the on-field action kicks off, everyone’s favourite footy show The Front Bar will return tonight on Seven and 7plus, with an incredible line-up of the game’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players joining Andy, Mick and Sam at the bar.

Gavin Wanganeen, Michael Long, Nicky Winmar, Derek Kickett and Darryl White will be in The Front Bar this week to share the personal significance of Sir Doug Nicholls Round, while reflecting on their monumental football careers.

7AFL commentator and three-time premiership player for the Brisbane Lions, Chris Johnson shared the personal significance of Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

“It’s been fantastic to be involved with Seven’s commentary team this season, and to add the Dreamtime match to an already great year, makes it even more special,” he said.

“As a player, I looked in from Brisbane and always felt a bit jealous of those two teams having the big spectacle, so it’s great that I can be involved in it now from an off-field perspective.

“We’ve come so far as an industry. Clubs have embraced the round and players are able to talk about their culture within the inner sanctums of their football clubs and engage with all staff at all levels. We’ve come a long way.”

Dreamtime match – Richmond v Essendon
Live from 6.30pm AEST, Saturday 21 May

Seven scores 20 Logie nominations

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

More than any other commercial network

The Seven Network has triumphed in the TV Week Logie Awards nominations this year, securing 20 nominations ahead of the much-anticipated return of Australian television’s night of nights after a two-year hiatus.
Seven’s nominations range across 15 categories, including highly-coveted Gold Logie nominations for Sonia Kruger and Home and Away’s Ray Meagher.

Some of Seven’s biggest and most popular shows are up for awards, with hit programs 7NEWS, The Voice, Home and Away, SAS Australia, The Front Bar and Better Homes and Gardens all securing nominations.
The TV Week Logie Awards celebrate the nation’s best-loved shows and stars.
Here are Seven’s nominations in full:


TV Week Silver Logie Most Outstanding Drama SeriesRFDS
Most Outstanding Entertainment or Comedy ProgramThe Voice
Most Outstanding Reality ProgramSAS Australia
Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report7NEWS – War In Ukraine
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage2021 AFL Grand Final
Most Outstanding Sports CoverageOlympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020


TV Week Gold Logie – Most Popular PersonalityRay Meagher Sonia KrugerHome and Away Big Brother, Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, Holey Moley, The Voice
TV Week Silver Logie Most Popular ActorRay Meagher Stephen PeacockeHome and Away RFDS
TV Week Silver Logie Most Popular ActressAda Nicodemou Sophie DillmanHome and Away Home and Away
TV Week Silver Logie Most Popular PresenterSonia KrugerBig Brother, Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, Holey Moley, The Voice
Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New TalentMatt EvansHome and Away
TV Week Logie Most Popular Drama Program Home and Away RFDS
TV Week Logie Most Popular Entertainment Program The Voice
TV Week Logie Most Popular Panel or Current Affairs Program The Front Bar
TV Week Logie Most Popular Reality Program SAS Australia
TV Week Logie Most Popular Lifestyle Program Better Homes and Gardens

Be sure to get behind our Most Popular nominees by casting your vote now at

Face to Face with David Kearney

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

As National Sports Manager for Seven Affiliate Sales, David Kearney shares his observation on live sport consumption, and his favourite final meal.

Q1. How did you venture into the world of sport as National Sports Manager for Seven Affiliate Sales?

My previous manager at Seven Affiliate Sales (SAS) was a colleague at a small digital sporting organisation and when he moved to SAS he recruited me a year later as a Sport Executive. That was 2013 and I have been here since. It has been an awesome ride where I’ve been fortunate to work alongside an amazing bunch of people on a plethora of sporting competitions and events.

Q2. Tell us a about a typical working day for you.

While no two days are exactly the same, the morning always starts with checking in on the team to make sure they are happy and know what their tasks are for the day. I think this is probably the most important part of my day.

Then it could be presenting a sporting proposition to an agency, checking in on the progress of current campaigns, working on rates for an upcoming event or reporting on revenue.

Q3. What has been your biggest challenge from the last year and what do you do to stay motivated?

The last year or so has undoubtedly been challenging for everyone. I think one of the hardest parts has been keeping the team motivated while working from home, especially after such a long spell, and then transitioning back to the office. Also for the staff who had barely been in the office prior to COVID.

While I do appreciate the value of being able to work from home, both for myself and the team, I also love the camaraderie built in the office. The development you see in people when they’re sitting together is incredible. Being able to lean over and ask a question, share a joke or grab a bite with the team is something I personally missed a lot working from home.

My motivation has been partly driven by the massive events we’ve had over the period (Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2021and a massive summer of cricket with the Ashes). It has also been powered by seeing my twin 2-year-olds far more than I could have ever hoped while being at home.

Q4. Have you noticed a shift with audience behaviour in the way that live sport is consumed?

Australians have always had a massive appetite for sport. This has not changed in recent years but the fact sport can now be consumed whenever and wherever people want just provides more opportunities for smart brands to activate campaigns across a variety of touchpoints.

Nothing exemplified this more than the Tokyo Olympics where over 4.5m Australians watched live Olympic Games coverage and curated content on 7plus. I’m very excited to see how advertisers activate converged campaigns across our linear (metro and regional) and digital broadcasts within major sporting events in the future including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from 28 July and beyond.

Q5. What is your favourite sport and team?

Manchester United in the EPL would be my first love. Also a Hawks man in the AFL and a huge fan of both the Men’s and Women’s Aussie cricket teams.

Q6. Lastly, if you were to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This is probably a boring answer, but I do love a parma (parmi). It’s not that I want to eat it every day for the rest of my life, but I can’t imagine never eating it again.

Face to Face with Margherita McAuliffe

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Introducing Sales Executive based in Adelaide, Margherita McAuliffe as she shares what motivates her and tips to relax and unwind.

Q1. Tell us about your career to-date and your path to becoming Sales Executive at Seven’s Adelaide office?

I have been in the media industry for 30+ years, working in radio, advertising agencies and TV in New Zealand and Australia.   

When I moved back to Australia in 2010, I accidentally bumped into an old Rep of mine at Seven and he told me there was a job going at the Network; I applied, and 12 years later, I’m still here!

Q2. What’s your favourite part of the role and why?

I enjoy being in a fun and energetic team environment who strive to do their best – I also love entertaining clients as part of my role – and being fortunate enough to do lots of cool things people in other jobs don’t have the opportunity to do.

Q3. What motivates you and what would you say has been the key to your success?

Great outcomes for clients and ensuring they are happy with every aspect of their television and digital campaigns. I also enjoying winning big pieces of business (and get grumpy when I don’t).   The key to my success is being very thorough, attentive, servicing my clients as best as I can and forging good relationships with them.

Q4. 2022 is a huge year for content. What are you most excited to watch?

Big Brother – I love this show. All the twists and turns and colourful characters, I believe this year is going to be the best ever!

Q5. How do you relax and unwind?

I love reading a good book as well as going for a sneaky massage once-in-a-while. I also enjoy baking cakes and catching up with family and friends.

Q6. What does a typical weekend look like for you?

Sport, sport and more sport! My 8 year-old plays Soccer, Athletics and Basketball and my 15 year-old competes in Triathlons, Duathlons and Athletics.  Between playing and training, there doesn’t leave much room for anything else – but I love it and wouldn’t change a thing!

Face to Face with Stephen Johnston

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

In this weeks’ Face to Face, we meet Sport Sales Manager, Stephen Johnston as he shares insights about the consumption of live sport, plus some tips to coaching Under 6s AFL!

Q1. How did you venture into the world of sport sales?

I started my career in Melbourne at Nine followed by Prime7. I moved to Sydney in 2007 where I was fortunate to lead the Prime7 sport sales team. I transitioned over to the 7Sport sales team about 6-7 years ago.

Q2. Tell us about a typical working day for you.

I drop my eldest at school. Catch up on trade press. Meet with my team mates and review ongoing partner campaigns. Present 7Sport opportunities to brands. Commonwealth Games go to market and is currently in full swing. Plenty of external & internal online meetings – looking forward to getting out and about for face to face meetings.

Q3. If you could give your 20-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

Invest in something prior to loading up on overseas travel.

Q4. What has been your biggest challenge from the last year and what do you do to stay motivated?

The beauty of media sales is there is rarely any downtime and there is always a challenge. We’ve come off a massive 12 months from a sport content perspective with Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, the Ashes, AFL and more. The Commonwealth Games is less than 75 days away so we are full steam ahead planning.

I am lucky to form part of a high achieving Sport Sales team who keep each other motivated.

Q5. Have you noticed a shift with audience behaviour in the way that they consume live sport or sports content?

Absolutely yes over a number of years but Tokyo 2020 on 7plus was a game changer with how the audience was handed ultimate control over which sport they watched, when and on what platform. I’m excited to see how that consumption evolves for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Q6. We’ve heard you’re a big AFL fan, who is your favourite team?

Western Bulldogs. Slow start to the year for the dogs. My dad in Melbourne isn’t too happy with their performance so far. I enjoy taking my kids to see the GWS Giants and Sydney Swans.

I am lucky – my three young fellas are keen to go to all sport – footy, cricket, supercars, horse racing, anything really.

Q7. Lastly, we learned that you coach AFL on the side (including your kids). What do you think makes a good coach?

Yes the under 10s and under 6s at the mighty Glebe Greyhounds junior club! It’s very serious stuff, especially the under 6s. If we lose a game the Johnston household isn’t a pleasant place to be on Saturday nights. I had hair prior to taking on this responsibility. For proper strategic coaching tips, I suggest you interview my colleague Peter Quinn.

Mega weekend of motorsport on Seven


Bathurst 12 Hour returns to Seven, 7mate and 7plus this weekend

Sport fans are gearing up for this weekend’s highly anticipated Bathurst 12 Hour, Australia’s international endurance race, live and free on Seven, 7mate and 7plus.

Leading sports broadcaster Mark Berretta and Chad Neylon will take viewers live to Mount Panorama for the entire 12-hour event on Sunday from 5.00am AEST, following five hours of live coverage of the Top 10 Shootout and qualifying laps on Saturday afternoon, beginning at midday AEST.

In a coup for motorsport fans, four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander will join the commentary team alongside motorsport experts Richard Craill and Matt Naulty, while Briony Ingerson leads the pit lane coverage.

Seven’s world-class Supercars coverage will continue uninterrupted during commercial breaks this weekend, through cutting edge picture-in-picture (PiP) technology introduced during the 2021 season.

Seven Melbourne Managing Director and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “The Bathurst 12 Hour is one of the premier events on the Australian motorsport calendar and we can’t wait to deliver all the high-octane action to Australians this weekend.

“Seven’s live and free coverage of the Bathurst 12 Hour will be led by a star-studded commentary team, with expert motorsport broadcaster Mark Beretta leading the way across the marathon event. Our team missed this event as much as the fans did in 2021, and we can’t wait to bring it back, bigger than ever this weekend.

“The Bathurst 12 Hour headlines a massive week of sport on Seven and 7plus, with Round Nine of the AFL kicking off on Friday night, a Saturday afternoon packed-full of thoroughbred horse racing, and all the thrills and spills from the Sydney Surf Pro. You won’t want to miss a minute of the action, right here on Seven,” he said.

After winning in 2014 and 2017, fan favourite Craig Lowndes will be aiming for his third Bathurst 12 Hour win on Sunday. The Australian motorsport legend will race a Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Porsche this weekend, to raise funds for the charity close to his heart.

Fans can tune in to the full broadcast live and free on Seven, 7mate and 7plus, while the fullreplay will be available as catch up on 7plus, along with Supercars highlights, docos and other bonus motorsports content.

Supercars on Seven – Bathurst 12 Hour
12.00pm AEST Saturday, 5.00am AEST Sunday on
Channel 7 and 7mate
Stream all the action live, free and in HD* on 7plus

7NEWS Spotlight: Skin Deep


Deb Hutton’s personal mission to save Aussies

Her face was her fortune, but it nearly cost her life.

Deborah Hutton has one of the most recognisable faces in Australia, having graced television screens and magazine covers since the age of 16.

But two years ago, the former model and media personality was rushed in for surgery on a facial skin cancer which left her with a confronting large scar on her picture-perfect face.

No stranger to the effects of Australia’s harsh climate, having been diagnosed over the past two decades with multiple recurrent skin cancers, this was the final wake-up call that sparked Deb into action.

Now, the iconic Australian beauty is on a one-woman mission to save the nation one skin check at a time, bringing to life a campaign that shines light on the importance of prevention and skin cancer awareness.

This Sunday, in a major 7NEWS Spotlight television event not to be missed, Deb reveals the latest chapter in her deeply emotional journey with skin cancer, as she traverses the country on her plight to educate sun-loving Aussies.

Hearts will be touched by Oceana Hegyi, a 26-year-old mother-to-be who is recovering from stage 2 melanoma, and Paula Fox, another melanoma survivor and wife of trucking billionaire Lindsay Fox. These women, among many others, are following in Deb’s footsteps to make extraordinary change in the area of skin cancer awareness and prevention.

For Deb, her former life in the spotlight pales into insignificance as she comes face-to-face with the real heroes of her campaign.

“This has so much more meaning to me than half the stuff I’ve done the last 40 years… this is a different love, it has much more purpose and meaning behind it,” she said.

The emotional tell-all interview will delve deep into Deb’s battle and unpack her story, her struggle, and her scars, explaining how everything she’s done in her life until now has led her to this moment.

And in a shocking revelation, Deb reveals that she is not out of the woods yet.

7NEWS Spotlight: Skin Deep
This Sunday 8.45pm after The Voice on Channel 7 and 7plus


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