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Epic new Australian drama takes flight

By SEVEN

RFDS set to soar from 8.40pm Wednesday, 11 August

Based on remarkable real-life stories, the gripping new Australian drama RFDS lands after the Olympics at 8.40pm Wednesday, 11 August on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Filmed on location in and around Broken Hill, RFDS captures the beauty and brutality of Australia’s vast centre, where the doctors, nurses, pilots and support staff of the RFDS negotiate the unique challenges of emergency rescues across some of the most inhospitable places in the country.

RFDS stars Logie Award-winning actor Stephen Peacocke (Home and Away, Wanted), Logie Award-winning star of stage and screen Rob Collins (Mystery Road S2, Total Control, Glitch) and acclaimed actors Emma Hamilton (Mr Selfridge, The Tudors), Justine Clarke (Tangle, Hungry Ghosts, The Time Of Our Lives) and Ash Ricardo (Offspring, Bite Club).

Determined to escape her past and start a new life, Dr Eliza Harrod (Emma Hamilton) arrives in outback Australia from the UK. Only days into her new role at the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Eliza finds herself at the forefront of a catastrophic emergency retrieval while Flight Nurse Pete Emerson (Stephen Peacocke) faces an unthinkable tragedy.

Audiences can expect beautiful scenery, deep and thoughtful storylines and a really, good honest look at how the RFDS does its vital work.

Justine Clarke (Base Manager Leonie Smith)

It’s not lost on us that we are representing a really important organisation that means so much to Australia.

Stephen Peacocke (Pete Emerson)

There’s a connection that the folks of the RFDS have with the people that they service which goes beyond doctor patient dynamics. They are a real part of the community.

Rob Collins (Dr Wayne Yates)

RFDS is an Endemol Shine Banks production for the Seven Network, with major production investment from Seven in association with Screen Australia. It was financed with support from Screen NSW through the Made in NSW Fund and the Regional Filming Fund.

RFDS premieres 8.40pm Wednesday, 11 August on Channel 7 and 7plus

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Farmer Wants A Wife Reunion: Real love, surprises and secret revelations

By SEVEN

Which Farmer’s love is still burning bright?

The unmissable Farmer Wants A Wife Reunion is just around the corner, premiering 7.30pm Wednesday, 11 August, after the Olympics.

Join host Natalie Gruzlewski as she sits down with Farmers Will, Andrew, Matt, Sam and Rob to find out who is still in love, who has found their happily ever after and whether another Farmer wedding is on the horizon!

Each of our five lonely Farmers opened their hearts in the hope of finding the one. Thousands of single ladies applied to meet them, and each Farmer chose five ladies to embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity. Over six weeks, these ladies got to know their Farmer on their beloved farm.

Farmer Will chose 32-year-old nurse Jaimee to share his life. Despite forming bonds with lots of his ladies, Farmer Matt’s heart was broken when 25-year-old executive assistant Tara left his farm before realising her mistake. Following his heart, he chose Tara to start a life with.

Youngest Farmer Sam was smitten with 24-year-old oncology nurse Mackenzie and 24-year-old student nurse Allanah from the start, and despite having strong feelings for both, he bowed out early on his search for love. Our man from Snowy River, Farmer Rob, said goodbye to his chosen ladies and hello to four new love interests, but decided the lightning bolt had failed to strike on both occasions.

For Farmer Andrew however, it was love at first sight when he met 27-year-old community relations worker Jess.

The Farmer Wants A Wife Reunion is here. Join host Natalie Gruzlewski and Farmers Will, Andrew, Matt, Sam and Rob for a night of surprises, secret revelations and, of course, real love.

Farmer Wants A Wife Reunion – 7.30pm 11 August on Channel 7 and 7plus after the Olympics

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Tokyo 2020 roars out of the blocks

By 7plus, Olympics, SEVEN

7plus smashes records, TV audiences surge

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are an instant hit with Australians, generating huge numbers across the Seven Network’s Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus.

After just three days, Tokyo 2020 has reached more than 13 million Australians on television and smashed streaming records.

Last night’s coverage and the Opening Ceremony on Friday night are already the two most-watched TV programs of 2021 and 7plus set new highs for streaming in Australia.

Some of the highlights of the past three days include:

Sunday night: 2.75 million viewers nationally on Seven Network, 1.99 million in the capital cities, taking the crown as the most-watched TV program of 2021.

Opening Ceremony: 2.7 million viewers nationally on broadcast, 2.12 million in the capital cities, making it the second most-watched TV program of 2021. The capital city audience was up 31% on the number of viewers for the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2016, while the national audience was up 20%.

Sunday evening: 2.51 million viewers nationally on Seven Network, 1.73 million in the capital cities.

Saturday night: 2.47 million viewers nationally on Seven Network, 1.78 million in the capital cities.

Saturday evening: 2.4 million viewers nationally on Seven Network, 1.73 million in the capital cities.

Countdown to Opening Ceremony: 2.24 million viewers nationally, 1.64 million in the capital cities.

7mate: 17.4% commercial audience share on Saturday night, its highest ever prime time share.

7plus: Set a new Australian streaming record on Saturday, with 238.7 million minutes streamed (including co-viewing), more than three times the previous record which was held by a State of Origin rugby league match.

7plus: Broke its own record on Sunday, with 272.8 million minutes streamed – excluding co-viewing.

The reaction from Australians to our exclusive, live and free coverage on Seven and 7plus has been extraordinary. The audience numbers have exceeded our forecasts on every level, including 2.3 million reach on 7plus alone.

New viewing records are being set on a daily basis which is great news for our partners, sponsors and dynamic packages. Marketers have well and truly embraced Tokyo 2020 and now that the Games have started, we’re seeing record results with brands capitalising with short-term broadcast and digital investment.

Kurt Burnette, Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer and Director of Olympics

Olympic Games 23 July-8 August
Paralympic Games 24 August-5 September
Tokyo 2020 live and free on Seven and 7plus

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TV’s toughest test is back with SAS Australia

By SEVEN

Star recruits pushed to breaking point in SAS Australia’s most gruelling season yet

Eighteen Aussie celebrities take on one of the toughest tests of their lives in the highly anticipated new season of SAS Australia, coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus.

Under the direction of elite ex-Special Forces soldiers Ant Middleton, Mark “Billy” Billingham, Jason “Foxy” Fox and Ollie Ollerton, recruits will face a series of physical and psychological tests from the real SAS selection process – on the most gruelling course ever seen in the UK or Australia.

The star recruits brave enough to take the ultimate challenge are:


Alicia Molik – Tennis Champion
Bonnie Anderson – Singer / Actor
Brynne Edelsten – Socialite
Dan Ewing – Actor
Emma Husar – Former Politician
Erin Holland – TV Presenter
Heath Shaw – AFL Star
Isabelle Cornish – Actor
Jana Pittman – Dual Olympian
Jessica Peris – Sprinter
Jett Kenny – Ironman
John Steffensen – Olympic Runner
Kerri Pottharst – Beach Volleyball Olympian
Koby Abberton – Bra Boy
Manu Feildel – Celebrity Chef
Mark Philippoussis – Tennis Legend
Pete Murray – Singer-Songwriter
Sam Burgess – NRL Star

In punishing conditions, recruits will be subjected to extreme physical endurance, sleep deprivation, interrogation and psychological testing, with no allowances or exceptions made for their celebrity status or gender.


They’ll need to push past their fears and their limits in the hope of passing SAS selection.


Some will reach breaking point and withdraw. Who has the mental strength to tough it out to the end?


The gripping new season of SAS Australia premieres after the Olympics on Channel 7 and 7plus.


SAS Australia is coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus

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7plus sets new Australian streaming record

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More than 238 million minutes streamed!

The first day of competition in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 saw the Seven Network’s 7plus platform achieve a gold medal of its own: the record for the biggest day of live streaming in Australian television history.

An extraordinary 238.7 million minutes were streamed on 7plus yesterday, shattering the previous record of 86 million for the State of Origin rugby league match on 14 July this year.

The 7plus total comprised 207.9 million live streamed minutes and 30.8 million video-on-demand minutes. As a result, 7plus captured a record-setting 93.5% share of commercial free-to-air live streaming, and an 80.9% share of total minutes (live plus VOD).

It also marked a record for 7plus in terms of advertising revenue booked in one day.

We knew the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would be a massive event across both digital and broadcast, but the numbers on 7plus have exceeded all of our expectations and set a new standard for streaming in Australia.

Tokyo 2020 will be the biggest digital media event Australia has ever seen. If we are setting new streaming numbers after just one day, imagine what the next fortnight or so is going to look like.

Australians have really embraced the innovative and incredibly comprehensive coverage on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus, with a viewer experience and features that have never been seen here before. We’re delighted with how people are responding to our coverage.

Gereurd Roberts, Seven West Media Chief Digital Officer

Olympic Games 23 July-8 August
Paralympic Games 24 August-5 September
Tokyo 2020 live and free on Seven and 7plus

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Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony takes the crown

By Olympics

#1 TV show of 2021, record 7plus streaming audience

After more than a year of delays and uncertainty, Australians flocked in their millions to watch the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony last night on Seven and 7plus.

The Seven Network’s live, free and exclusive coverage attracted 2.7 million viewers nationally on broadcast, taking the crown as the most-watched TV program of 2021. It peaked at 3.81 million.

The start of the world’s biggest sporting event of the decade hooked 2.12 million capital city viewers, also making it the #1 program of 2021 in the metropolitan markets.

The capital city audience was up a strong 31% on the number of viewers for the Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2016, while the national audience was up 20%.

Last night, Seven’s network commercial audience share soared to 66.9%. Channel 7 alone had a 58.9% share.

Earlier in the evening, the Countdown to the Opening Ceremony drew 2.24 million viewers nationally and 1.64 million in the capital cities.

Viewers stayed around until the very early hours of this morning: the Opening Ceremony Post Wrap had 1.34 million viewers nationally and 1.11 million in the capital cities.

On 7plus, Seven’s exclusive coverage of the Opening Ceremony and other events yesterday smashed all records with an extraordinary 66 million total minutes streamed (excluding co-viewing).

The total included 44.6 million minutes of live streaming – in comparison, the highest one-day live streaming number for the Rio Olympics in 2016 was 38 million – and 21.3 million minutes of video-on-demand. The numbers will grow when co-viewing data is released later today.

Yesterday, 7plus dominated with a 72.3% share of commercial free-to-air live streaming and a 55.8% share of total minutes (live plus VOD minutes).

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 have lived up to the hype and delivered huge, engaged audiences across all platforms. This isn’t simply a TV broadcast; it is an unforgettable sporting, cultural and media event.

As the country continues to tune in and cheer on the Aussie athletes and teams, viewing records will tumble daily and Tokyo 2020 will become the biggest broadcast and digital show in Australia’s history.

Seven and 7plus are the only place to watch 45 channels of gripping Olympic action. Our exclusive, live and free coverage is bolstered by our unparalleled commentary team who bring audiences right to the centre of the drama and give unique insights into the key sporting moments.

Kurt Burnette, Seven West Media Director of Olympics

Olympic Games 23 July-8 August
Paralympic Games 24 August-5 September
Tokyo 2020 live and free on Seven and 7plus

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Time to get the feeling!

By SEVEN

Global mega-hit The Voice premieres 7.00pm Sunday, 8 August

The world’s biggest singing competition will debut on its new home with a new look, new feel, an all-star coaching panel and world-class artists waiting to be discovered.

Taking their places on the spinning red chairs are multiple ARIA and GRAMMY© Award winner Keith Urban, UK hit machine Rita Ora, mega selling singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian and, making her coaching debut on The Voice, singing and acting sensation Jessica Mauboy.

I love the spirit of The Voice – the fact that we’re coaches more than judges – and that we get to do hands on mentoring. That’s what sets the show apart.

Keith Urban

Helping people find their voice is truly inspiring.

Rita Ora

It’s not always about hitting the perfect note, it’s about making sure you feel the song because that’s going to help you connect to the audience and the people watching at home.

Jessica Mauboy

What I am looking for is somebody who you can imagine on radio, who is immediately identifiable by their voice, their tone, and the way they tell a story through song.

Guy Sebastian

One of the most successful formats in the world, the 10th season of The Voice hosted by Sonia Kruger premieres 7.00pm Sunday, 8 August on Channel 7 and 7plus. Get the feeling!

The Voice premieres 7.00pm Sunday, 8 August on Channel 7 and 7plus
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Seven unveils Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 opener

By Olympics

Australia’s biggest-ever broadcast and digital event is here!

In an exciting first, the Seven Network has pre-released the much-anticipated opener to its broadcast of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 ahead of tonight’s Opening Ceremony.

Seven’s opener has been a closely-guarded secret in previous years, revealed only on the Olympic Games’ opening night. But for this, the most anticipated Games ever, Seven has broken with tradition, with the opener now showing on @7Olympics and 7plus.

Fronted by Australia’s most loved and respected sport broadcaster Bruce McAvaney, Seven’s Tokyo 2020 opener looks forward to an unprecedented Games, wherein the global struggles of the past 18 months mean just getting to the starting line is a victory in itself.

As iconic footage of Cathy Freeman, Dawn Fraser and Kieren Perkins plays, we dare to dream the likes of Kyle Chalmers, Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeown, Jessica Fox, Sam Kerr, Patty Mills and Ash Barty can join them in the pantheon of Olympic greats during Tokyo 2020.

We talk about courage, Olympian courage – to continue when it seems impossible to go on. Well, here we are, the world determined to come together to unite against the odds.

So take your marks Australia as we look forward to an Olympic Games like no other. This will be 17 unforgettable days that reunite the world.

Bruce McAvaney, Sport Broadcaster

Tonight, McAvaney will lead Seven’s coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony from 8.30pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7plus. He will be joined by fan favourites Johanna Griggs, Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi, and Australian broadcaster Kumi Taguchi, who currently hosts Insight on SBS.

Over the 17 days of the Olympic Games, fans can look forward to the country’s biggest-ever broadcast and digital event. For the first time in Australian free-to-air television history, there will be more than 40 dedicated Olympic Games channels across Seven and 7plus, all live, free and in HD.

Olympic Games 23 July-8 August
Paralympic Games 24 August-5 September
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Farmer Wants A Wife wins hearts across all screens

By SEVEN

Real love burned bright on the Seven Network this year as the latest season of Farmer Wants A Wife won hearts and viewers across Australia.

The nation’s favourite bush fairy-tale rounded up huge audiences on broadcast and online throughout the series, as viewers were captivated by the farmers’ search for true love.

Last night, 1.41 million viewers nationally, including 853,000 in the capital cities, watched Farmer Wants A Wife – Finale. The finale dominated its timeslot in total people.

Broadcast for the first time across Seven and 7plus, the 2021 season of Farmer Wants A Wife averaged a total audience across linear TV and BVOD of 1.38 million and reached close to 6 million people.

The launch episode had a total audience of 1.53 million, helping lift its timeslot audience 13% year-on-year.

Across the series, Farmer Wants A Wife ranked #1 in its timeslot in total people and women.

Hosted by Natalie Gruzlewski, Farmer Wants A Wife was a hit across all screens. Its average time-shifted and BVOD audience were 89,000 and 163,000 respectively.

BVOD alone added 14% to the total audience, and 23% in 25 to 54s.

On 7plus, more than 128 million minutes of Farmer Wants A Wife were streamed in 2021, with a massive average audience of 163,000 every episode.

In 2021, Farmer Wants A Wife was once again a must-see show as audiences connected with real love and real stories. This year, the series hit new heights on 7plus, with huge audiences falling in love with the show online and helping it become Australia’s second biggest VOD show since its season launch.

Farmer Wants A Wife’s success has set us up to deliver huge, engaged audiences for our upcoming and unmissable coverage of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and is further evidence of the success of our content-led growth strategy.

Angus Ross, Seven’s Network Director of Programming

A new season of Farmer Wants A Wife for 2022 was announced earlier this month and casting is underway.

Farmer Wants A Wife is a Fremantle and Eureka Productions co-production for the Seven Network.

Farmer Wants A Wife by the numbers:

  • • National total audience (includes overnight, time-shifted and BVOD audience): 1.38 million
  • • Capital city total TV audience (overnight, time-shifted and national BVOD audience): 925,000
  • • National average broadcast audience: 1,205,000
  • • Capital city average broadcast audience: 755,000
  • • Average time-shifted audience: 89,000
  • • 7plus average BVOD audience: 163,000 (7 day)
  • • Timeslot rankings: #1 in total people and women
  • • 128.7 million minutes streamed
  • • 28.3 million social media impressions
  • • 6.3 million social video views
  • • 2.3 million social media interactions

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7plus smashes 2021 record

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New landmark set even before Tokyo 2020 begins

Even before they officially start tomorrow, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are breaking records for the Seven Network’s 7plus platform.

Yesterday 7plus set a new record for the number of minutes live streamed this year, at 45.9 million minutes. It was the second biggest event in the history of 7plus, behind the Rio Olympics 2016 (all days).

Fuelled by the Matildas and the Aussie Spirit’s pre-Opening Ceremony matches, the platform captured a 56.1% share of commercial free-to-air live streaming, and a 44.4% share of total (live plus VOD minutes).

Even before Tokyo 2020 formally starts, Australians are flocking to 7plus to cheer on their teams.

Tokyo 2020 will not only be the world’s biggest sporting event, it will also be the biggest digital event in Australian history. If yesterday was any indication – and we think it was – the audiences are going to be enormous.

7plus is the only place to watch over 40 channels of sport, see what’s on when, create a watchlist to follow your favourite events, choose a language or catch up on highlights – the most live streams ever hosted by an Australian broadcaster. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are just one click away on your smart TV, mobile, tablet or computer.

Gereurd Roberts, Seven West Media Chief Digital Officer

New features added to 7plus for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 include:

  • Watchlist: Provides users with the ability to add their favourite sports to an easily discoverable watchlist.
     
  • Continue Watching: This gives signed-in users the ability to watch a sport full replay and pick up where they left off via the continue watching carousel located on their home screen.
     
  • Captions: Live and VOD (including multilingual): To provide the ultimate accessible viewing experience for all users, it’s important to provide captioning to ensure as many users as possible can watch their favourite sports, events and highlights.
     
  • Autoplay: The autoplay functionality provides viewers with a simple way to binge multiple event replays, highlights and sports minis without needing to lift a finger. It simply plays the next relevant piece of content.
     
  • Chromecast and Airplay: As most people own multiple devices, including smart TVs and mobile phones, it’s becoming ever more important to provide a streaming service that supports this behaviour. The 7plus app allows users to either Chromecast or Airplay content to their Chromecast or Airplay compatible device. This allows users to stream Tokyo 2020 on 7plus no matter the age of their television device.
     
  • HD /SD selector: The 7plus player provides users with the ability to toggle between HD/SD to allow for the best and most data efficient streaming.
     
  • Freeze Frame: A select, scaled range of devices have been enabled with Freeze Frame ads that appear as an overlay whenever a user pauses the content.
     
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