Million Dollar Island host reveal

By 7plus, SEVEN, Seven West Media

Ant Middleton to host TV’s most exciting new show

The Seven Network today announced that Ant Middleton will host the Australian version of the world’s most exciting new format, Million Dollar Island, a revolutionary social experiment coming to Channel 7 and 7plus in 2023.

Best known as the Chief Instructor on Seven’s TV Week Logie Awards-nominated hit series SAS Australia, Ant is a much-loved master of extreme adventure with a positive mindset on and off the screen, spurred by his career in the UK’s elite special forces, including the Marines, 9 Parachute Squadron and Special Boat Service.

Ant Middleton said: “Million Dollar Island is must-see event television. Think The Hunger Games meets Lost… but not quite as brutal.

“This is a high-stakes challenge for regular, everyday Aussies. Literally anyone can apply. You don’t have to be the fittest or the strongest person to win big. Emotional intelligence and self-belief are key here. I can’t wait to see what the Aussie contestants have got, how well they know themselves and how far they’ll go to change their lives.”

“Ant is the perfect choice to host Million Dollar Island. He is smart, tough and a brilliant strategist, qualities that will be invaluable as he immerses himself in the game play in what promises to be the most engaging and fascinating new series Australia has seen in a long time.”

Angus Ross, Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming, Seven Network

Million Dollar Island is a ground-breaking concept in which 100 ordinary people try to stay on a remote island, vying for a chance to win $1 million – the biggest prize money on Australian TV. But braving the harsh conditions with limited means isn’t the only challenge on an island full of mystery and surprise, hardships and rewards. 

Each contestant starts the adventure with a wristband worth $10,000. While they are on the island, contestants can gain and lose wristbands by competing in various games. They can also receive wristbands from other contestants. When someone gives up and decides to leave the island, they must give their wristband(s) to a contestant who stays behind.

Alliances mean everything. Friendships are worth a fortune. Some contestants will become richer by winning games and inheriting wristbands, while those who lose and fail to collect new wristbands must eventually go home.

In the end, a nail-biting final game helps determine who walks away with a life-changing prize.

Million Dollar Island is now casting everyday Aussies from all walks of life. If you’re ready to change your life, apply now at 

Million Dollar Island is a format created by Talpa Concepts together with Monday Media and distributed by Talpa Distribution. The series is produced by Eureka Productions.

Million Dollar Island

Coming to Seven and 7plus in 2023

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Big Freeze slides on with Queen’s Birthday edition

By 7plus, 7SPORT, SEVEN, Seven West Media, SPORT

Who will be the 100th slider

The Queen’s Birthday holiday will once again play host to one of the best days on the AFL calendar, with 10 of Australia’s biggest names set to take the plunge for the Big Freeze on Seven and 7plus.

For the past seven seasons, the Big Freeze has been a crowd-favourite pre-match fixture at the Collingwood-Melbourne Queen’s Birthday blockbuster, with FightMND and AFL icon Neale Daniher sending a who’s who of the football, sport and media worlds down the slide into Australia’s most famous ice bath.

With a special one-hour live broadcast on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus, Australians can tune in to see their favourite stars embrace the Big Freeze tradition by dressing up and taking an icy plunge to raise funds for FightMND.

Announced last night on The Front Bar, Australian cricket legend Justin Langer rounded out the team of 10 sliders including Seven’s own Rebecca Maddern and Andy Maher, alongside Australian tennis star Ash Barty, Beijing 2022 gold medallist Jakara Anthony and legendary star of stage and screen, Rhonda Burchmore.

In an act of support for his much-loved brother, former Essendon footballer Terry Daniher will also head down the Big Freeze slide, alongside fellow AFL fan favourites Eddie Betts and David Neitz, and Melbourne Demons tragic Hamish Blake.

Speaking to The Front Bar on Wednesday night, Campaign Director for FightMND, Bec Daniher, thanked Australians for embracing the annual event as she announced a $2 million fundraising target.

“Everyone has been such incredible supporters of the cause, and we know the beanies are out there everywhere,” she said.

“As we lead into this final few days, we are asking everyone if they can pitch in a little bit more. We know that with their support we are going to be able to get there, and what that will mean to the fight against MND is massive.

“It’s going to help us accelerate this search to find treatment and a cure.

“We know that the generosity of the Australian community just knows no bounds.”

Seven gets behind the Australian Dolphins

By 7plus, 7SPORT, SEVEN, Seven West Media, SPORT

2022 Para Swimming Championships live on 7plus

The Seven Network is giving para-sport fans the chance to get behind the Australian Dolphins when the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Portugal is broadcast live and free from this weekend on 7plus.

Seven has extended its valued partnership with Paralympics Australia in a deal that will see the Dolphins – including Tokyo 2020 gold medalists Rowan Crothers, Lakeisha Patterson, Will Martin and Rachael Watson – compete against the global elite of para-swimming over seven days in Madeira.

It will be the second time Seven has shown the World Para Swimming Championships after it became the first Australian commercial network to screen the event when it was held in London in 2019.

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin said: “Ahead of the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games, we know that Australians are counting down the days to watch our beloved Aussies in the pool. There is no better way to gear up for the Commonwealth Games than the World Para Swimming Championships.

“Australians embraced our incredible Paralympians during Tokyo 2020 and now we can unashamedly get behind them yet again as they take on the rest of the world in Portugal.

“The best place to witness all the action of the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships is right here on Seven, Your Home of Sport.”

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

The World Para Swimming Championships will be streamed live on 7plus, including a daily highlights show re-capping the best moments of the day, from 9.00am AEST each morning. Competition runs from June 12 to 18. Australia’s squad of 21 includes 19 swimmers who competed at Tokyo 2020.

2022 Para Swimming Championships

Live and free from Sunday 12 June on 7plus

Home and Away’s billion dollar impact

By 7plus, SEVEN, Seven West Media

New research reveals $7.5 billion real income impact, $1 billion in export revenue and 33% increase in desire to visit Australia

It is Australia’s most watched and most loved drama series and now new landmark research commissioned by Seven West Media (SWM) has put the spotlight on the powerful economic and global impact of Home and Away.

The independent analysis by leading economics firm ACIL Allen was unveiled today by SWM Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton, during a Committee for Economic Development of Australia presentation on the current state and future of the Australian free-to-air television industry.

“Home and Away has been at the heart of Australia for the past 34 years and this report captures, for the first time, the show’s significant impact on the Australian economy, our television landscape, our society and Australia’s international reputation.”

James Warburton, Chief Executive Officer, Seven West Media

ACIL Allen’s Economic and Global Impact of Home and Away report highlights the show’s impact on the Australian economy, cultural landscape, tourism, and creative industries over more than three decades.

Every year since it began in 1988, Home and Away has employed between 1,500 to 2,000 people a year in front of and behind the camera, whether casually for a week or for decades, and generated a total of 12,890 employee years of full-time equivalent direct and indirect jobs in Australia.

In measuring the economic impact this has had, and the flow-on effects to connected industries, the report estimates Home and Away increased the real income of Australia by a total of $7.5 billion, or an average of $221 million a year, between 1988 and 2021.

The research reveals Home and Away generated a further $1 billion in export revenue, making it one of Australia’s most successful media exports.

The report also captures the positive influence Home and Away has had on Australia’s reputation, by helping drive an increase in consideration among domestic and international tourists.

In a survey of current and lapsed viewers in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, 33% said Home and Away increased their desire to visit Australia.

Ireland was the most swayed, with 38% of people who watch or watched Home and Away saying it increased their desire to visit Australia. Among UK viewers, 36% were positively influenced by the show, while 19% of New Zealand audiences said Home and Away was a factor behind their wish to cross the ditch.

Mr Warburton said: “We don’t simply make Home and Away because we have to as part of our local content obligations. Good Australian content has far-reaching impact beyond the number of people who watch it each day. It enriches the social fabric of Australia. It informs voters. It holds the powerful to account. It tells stories. It provides employment. It promotes Australian tourism.

“The independent research by ACIL Allen highlights the critical importance free-to-air television plays in entertaining audiences and shaping our national identity. Over more than three decades, Home and Away has evolved, broken new ground and brought captivating stories to millions. It is truly a national institution and our superstar cast and crew are among the hardest working in the industry.”

“Home and Away’s economic contribution is magnified because it is exported to so many countries. This is not just because the flow-on impacts to the economy are generally bigger with exports, but also because Home and Away attracts international tourists.”

Jerome Fahrer, Director, ACIL Allen

Home and Away is the second longest-running drama series on Australian television and reaches millions of viewers globally. Watched by an average daily total television audience of over 1.1 million people in Australia over the past five years, the program has been screened in multiple languages and sold across 145 countries during its history.

The Economic and Global Impact of Home and Away report can be downloaded here.

Star athletes set to shine on 7plus

By 7plus, 7SPORT, SPORT

Seven strikes three-year partnership with Athletics Australia

The Seven Network’s coverage of Australian athletics is ready to step up another gear, as Athletics Australia and Seven announce a three-year streaming deal, commencing with the Australian Track and Field Championships this month, live, free and in HD* on 7plus.

Athletics is one of Australia’s most loved sports, with Australian track and field athletes featuring in six of the top 10 events on Seven during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last year.

Australians will not miss any of the action at a national level, with Seven broadcasting the next three editions of the Australian Track and Field Championships.

Director and Head of Network Sport, said: “We are very happy to extend our sports offering to include Australian athletics throughout the next three seasons on Seven, Your Home of Sport.

During the Tokyo Olympics, we saw just how much Australians love getting behind our track and field athletes, and we cannot wait to deliver the excitement, the passion and the pure elation of our Aussie athletes, straight into living rooms across the country. All the action is just one click away on your smart TV, mobile, tablet or computer.

Lewis Martin, Seven Melbourne Managing

Seven’s broadcast of the Australian Track and Field Championships will begin with the first session of the Championships at 2.00pm AEDT on 26 March, live, free and in HD* on 7plus.

*Data charges may apply

Australian Track and Field Championships

Day One – Saturday, 26 March
2.00pm: Melbourne, Sydney
1.30pm: Adelaide
1.00pm: Brisbane
11.00am: Perth

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Super Bowl soars on Seven and 7plus

By 7plus, 7SPORT, SPORT

Live streaming up 45% on 2021
Biggest TV audience since 2016

The Seven Network’s live and free coverage of Super Bowl LVI was a hit with fans, reaching 1.87 million people nationally on Monday and recording its biggest television audience since 2016.

7plus’ live stream of America’s biggest sporting event smashed the previous audience record set in 2021, up 45% year-on-year with 11.04 million minutes streamed.

Seven’s full coverage of the Los Angeles Rams’ 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals recorded an average total audience of 583,000 nationally, including 49,000 viewers on 7plus.

The total audience is up 33% on the 2021 Super Bowl and is the second biggest Australian Super Bowl audience ever.

Broadcast viewing peaked at 977,000 on Channel 7 during the halftime show, headlined by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent. The Super Bowl streamed more live minutes than any other program yesterday with 7plus recording a 58% commercial share in live streaming on Monday.

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We’re even better together in 2022

By 7NEWS, 7plus, 7RACING, 7SPORT, Kickstart 2022, Olympics, SEVEN, Seven West Media, SPORT

Plan your 2022

Seven West Media’s successful acquisition of Prime Media Group means we are the country’s leading commercial premium broadcast, video and news network. We’re even better together;

•  Reaching more than 90% of the Australia’s population each month
•  Offering ease of trading through a single platform to seamlessly access metro and regional audiences 

The addition of Prime strengthens our #1 position;

•  #1 TV network in Australia (Seven)
•  #1 TV network in regional Australia (Prime)
•  #1 commercial BVOD service (7plus)

We’re even Better Together in 2022

•  Better Content – Content is at the heart of everything we do. Australia’s best premium content, blockbuster shows and trusted brands are all right here at Seven.
•  Better Engagement –
Where attention is currency, engagement is power. We work with you to develop brave and engaging ideas that connect with audiences and influence action.
•  Better Results
– Your objectives are ours too. We are committed to delivering on shared outcomes and we value your partnership. With this approach, together, we drive better results.

Plan your 2022 with Seven by contacting us today.

Coming in 2022

7plus unveils sizzling summer line-up

By 7plus

#1 BVOD service in 2021

Big Brother VIP soars on 7plus: Up 59% in 25 to 54s

The Seven Network has unveiled a bumper line-up of exclusive, hit content coming to 7plus this summer.

7plus’ sizzling summer schedule includes gripping drama series, exciting entertainment shows and must-watch reality programs, including Big Brother Canada, Party of Five, Damages, Hawthorne, Bad Teacher, Timeless, Battle Creek, Rescue Me, Hell on Wheels and Human Target.

7plus will also present a series of “Collections” to reach different audiences, including Christmas Movies, Red Hot Reality, Family Favourites, Aussie Classics, Bingeworthy Boxsets, Summer Moves and Premium Dramas.

So far this year, 7plus leads with a 46% commercial free-to-air BVOD share (up 6 points year-on-year), ahead of 9Now on 40% and 10play on 14%.

In 2021, 7plus has streamed more than 14.1 billion minutes of content, 15% more than its nearest commercial television competitor and 237% more than the third-placed commercial network.

Over the past week, 7plus delivered huge live and on-demand audiences for Big Brother VIP, with the series’ launch episode up 59% in 25 to 54s and 45% in total people, to deliver a total national audience of 815,000.

7plus has had a remarkable year after delivering the best content and biggest audiences in 2021. Our compelling summer line-up has something for everyone and promises to further cement 7plus as Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air broadcast streaming service.

7plus is primed to dominate in 2022 with a powerful content line-up that includes the biggest entertainment brands on TV and two of the biggest sporting events in the world – the Olympic Winter Games Beijing and the XXII Commonwealth Games.

Along with our incredible new programming, 7plus boasts an extensive library of exclusive and classic content that connects with younger audiences. 7plus also leads the BVOD market in user experience with our market-leading innovations producing an unbeatable viewing environment.

Gereurd Roberts, Seven West Media Chief Digital Officer

So far in 2021, 7plus has increased its live streaming viewership year-on-year by a massive 166% and its total viewership by 54%. The success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, The Voice, Big Brother, Farmer Wants A Wife, Home and Away and other key content has also helped 7plus dominate the key advertiser demographics so far this year to command a 46% share in people 25 to 54. 7plus has an even stronger lead in live streaming, with a 55.6% commercial share in total people and 55% in 25 to 54s. 

2021 Free-to-air commercial broadcast streaming shares (%):

7plus gets personal

By 7plus, Kickstart 2022, SEVEN

The #1 commercial BVOD platform unveils a massive 2022

The Seven Network has today revealed the market-leading innovations and exclusive content coming to 7plus across the rest of 2021 and into 2022.

Joining the home of some of Australia’s biggest television shows including The Voice, Big Brother, SAS Australia and Farmer Wants A Wife are exclusive international versions of Seven’s mega-sized tentpoles: Big Brother Canada, The Voice US, SAS UK: Who Dares Wins and Celebrity SAS UK: Who Dares Wins.

Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform will again deliver the world’s biggest sporting events, with the Olympic Winter Games Beijing and the XXII Commonwealth Games available live and free in 2022.

Joining the line-up is iconic medical drama ER, as well as Super Fun Night, Lost Girl, Damages, Party of Five, Rescue Me and The Guardian before Cashmere Mafia, Unforgettable, Rookie Blue, Bitten, Hell On Wheels, Ice and X Company.

To help users save time browsing and spend more time enjoying the extensive library of content on 7plus, new virtual channels will arrive on the platform in 2022, letting viewers better connect with their next favourite show. Seven is the first broadcaster in the Asia-Pacific region to adopt this new technology, which enables 7plus to dynamically mine Seven’s cloud-based program catalogue to generate virtual, live-streaming pop-up channels.

Next year will also bring an improved, unified experience across all viewing platforms, ensuring 7plus remains the best-in-class offering for viewers. This includes additional improvements to video quality, audio quality, live pause, start over and recap/credit skip, as well as a more personalised experience powered by tailored, dynamic layouts and content selections.

With the BVOD market showing strong growth again this year, 7plus has taken the lead among commercial free-to-air BVOD services thanks to the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, SAS Australia, The Voice, Farmer Wants A Wife, Big Brother, Home and Away and a deep library of classic content.

So far in 2021, 7plus leads with a 47% commercial free-to-air BVOD share, ahead of 9Now on 39.5% and 10play on 13.5%.

This year has also seen remarkable growth in the number of registered 7plus users, which have surged from 5.1 million in January to almost 10 million today.

7plus has had a phenomenal 2021, clearly establishing itself as best-in-class in the BVOD world after the stellar success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We’re determined to keep that momentum going, with another quantum leap in user experience, plus a great array of new and exclusive content.

Expect premium design within a completely personalised content and viewing experience. 7plus will no longer deliver one interface for all users, but a uniquely tailored experience for the individual, delivering the right content to the right viewer at the right time, based on profile, viewing history, time of day and other key data points.

This is all built to drive deeper engagement, continue our growth in daily, returning users, and take our vast library of premium content to the next level. We’re thrilled to continue pushing the boundaries and leading the market in BVOD capability.

Gereurd Roberts, Seven West Media Chief Digital Officer

In 2022, we are laser-focused on providing the best experience for our audiences and advertisers, delivering their favourite programs in the most discoverable and impactful way.

That, combined with our audience intelligence platform 7REDiQ, provides a powerful opportunity to bring brands closer to their audience than ever before.

Nicole Bence, Seven West Media Network Digital Sales Director

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7plus hits new heights in 2021

By 7plus

Tokyo 2020 and The Voice help drive 58% increase

Registered users up more than 47% to 9.4 million

The Seven Network’s market-leading 7plus broadcast streaming platform has recorded strong growth in 2021, expanding its audience and extending its market share leadership.

So far this year, 7plus has streamed more than 12 billion minutes of content, 21% more than its nearest commercial competitor.

It has increased its live streaming viewership year-on-year by a massive 186% and its total viewership by 58%.

The success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, The Voice, Home and Away and other key content has given 7plus a 47.3% year-to-date commercial free to air BVOD share, up 5.7 share points on the same period in 2020 and more than eight share points above its nearest competitor.

Since July, 7plus has had a 60% share, more than Nine Network and Network 10 combined.

7plus also dominates the key advertiser demographics so far this year, commanding a 47% share in people 25 to 54. 

7plus commands an even stronger lead in live streaming, with a 59% commercial share for total people. 

With more than 40 Olympics channels, 7plus set new Australian streaming records during Tokyo 2020 and added more than 2.8 million new registered users, lifting its total number of registered users 44% to more than 9.2 million. Since then, it has increased to 9.4 million, up 47% in total since before Tokyo 2020.

Australians watched more than 4.74 billion minutes of Tokyo 2020 content on 7plus, making it the biggest digital event in Australian history. 7play’s comprehensive coverage of The Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 also attracted huge audiences, with the Paralympics Opening Ceremony alone doubling the total minutes streamed for the whole of Rio 2016.

The Voice was #1 in live streaming each night it aired with an average of 75,000 viewers, up 151% on the 2020 live streaming average. An average of 181,000 viewers watched the world’s biggest singing competition on-demand, up 48% on the 2020 season.

The #1 television show of 2021 attracted an average of 257,000 viewers per episode through on-demand and live streaming on 7plus, up 65% on The Voice’s 2020 BVOD season average. Viewing on 7plus alone added 14% to the average total audience and 22% in 25 to 54s.

The remarkable growth of 7plus in 2021 has been driven by Seven’s content-led growth strategy which continues to deliver compelling content that connects with younger audiences.

After shattering Australian streaming records with our Tokyo 2020 coverage, 7plus has continued the momentum, with The Voice dominating live and on-demand streaming every night it aired. Home and Away has also delivered audience highs in the last month as it continues to connect with viewers on television and online. 

With the unmissable SAS Australia and Big Brother VIP, 7plus will continue its powerhouse position as the #1 free-to-air broadcast streaming service in Australia. Along with our incredible new content, 7plus boasts an extensive library of exclusive and classic content and we continually innovate to enhance the viewing experience.

Gereurd Roberts, Seven West Media Chief Digital Officer

7plus in 2021:

  • #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform, with a 47.3% share of total commercial free-to-air BVOD viewership
  • #1 in live streaming viewership, with a 59% share
  • 58% growth in total viewership year-on-year
  • 186% growth in live viewership year-on-year
  • Registered users up 47% to 9.4 million since before Tokyo 2020

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