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Justin Langer joins Seven

By 7plus, Case Studies, SEVEN, Seven West Media

The Seven Network announced that cricket legend Justin Langer AM will join its commentary team for the 2022-23 cricket season.

The former Test cricket opening batsman and Australian cricket coach will play a key on-air role in Seven’s leading coverage of cricket across the summer months, joining the commentary team led by Ricky Ponting. He will also write a regular, exclusive column for The West Australian.

One of the most successful Test cricket opening batsmen in the history of the game, Langer represented Australia in 105 Tests. His acclaimed partnership with Matthew Hayden included an extraordinary total of 5,655 runs over a period of 113 innings, making it the second most successful partnership in Test cricket worldwide.

Following a successful stint as coach of Western Australia and the Perth Scorchers in Australian domestic cricket, Langer was appointed Head Coach of the Australian cricket team in 2018, a position he held until he resigned in 2022. He is also a best-selling author and works with a host of charity organisations.

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin, said: “We are honoured that Justin has agreed to be part of our commentary team for the 2022-23 summer. He is a true legend of the sport, both as a player and a coach, and an inspiration to many Australians.

“The addition of Justin to our on-air team is a clear demonstration of our ongoing commitment to deliver world-class coverage of the summer of cricket, live and free, to all Australians.”

Langer said: “Test cricket has been a part of my life since I was a little kid. Having been fortunate to have played and coached in the Test arena, I am now delighted to be given the opportunity to commentate on the game I love, with a great company and team at Seven. The BBL was also a pivotal part of my life, so I am excited to be involved again this summer.”

West Australian Newspapers Editor in Chief, Anthony De Ceglie, said: “We’re extremely excited to have Justin writing exclusively for us. His knowledge and insight into the game of cricket is unrivalled, but these columns will be more than just an analysis of the latest Test. They will also give an insight into his broader views of leadership and values across sport and life.”

Full details of Seven’s 2022-23 cricket commentary team will be revealed later this year.

Australia’s favourite cooking show is served

By 7plus, Case Studies, SEVEN, Seven West Media

MKR premieres 7.00pm, Sunday 7 August on Channel 7 and 7plus

Share the love when Australia’s favourite cooking show, MKR, returns with Nigella Lawson and Manu Feildel for an exciting new season starting 7.00pm Sunday, 7 August on Channel 7 and 7plus. 

It’s state versus state as the beloved competition gets back to its original, winning recipe: real people cooking real food in their own homes, serving treasured family recipes and love on a plate to the judges and their fellow contestants. 

Each team will bring their A-game as they compete to win the coveted MKR crown, moving one step closer to realising their lifelong food dreams. Which team will impress the judges, score big with fellow contestants and triumph in the heat of the kitchen?  

“We want to be on top of the leader board with a little fist pump, not like a big one,” says team Queensland’s fine diner, Kate. 

Take a seat at the MKR table for a new era of velvety, juicy, spicy and deep-fried delights with a seal of approval from the queen of the kitchen, Nigella: “Deep fried. Those are words I always want to hear!” 

MKR is produced by ITV Studios Australia for the Seven Network.

Premieres 7.00pm Sunday, 7 August on Channel 7 and 7plus

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Sunrise scores gold for breakfast

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Australia’s winning team is your ticket to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Australia’s number one breakfast show Sunrise will be your exclusive home for all the gold and glory, live and free, from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Join Sunrise co-hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr each weekday on Seven and 7plus as they cross live and exclusively to Birmingham, where the show’s own sports guru, Mark Beretta, will bring breakfast TV viewers the latest in Games news and views.

Beretts will hand over to an all-star team of expert commentators, who can boast of their own Games glory and are now passing the baton to a new generation of athletes chasing their dreams.

From this Friday to 8 August, the rotating panel of our greatest sporting champions will get viewers up-to-speed with the overnight action, and cheer on the gold medal moments set to air early each day.

The “Sunrise panel of champions” includes swim star Giaan Rooney; cycling great Stuart O’Grady; athletics icons Jana Pittman and Jon Steffensen; netball giant Caitlin Bassett; cricketer Elyse Villani; and basketball hero Shane Heal.

MEET THE CHAMPIONS

Giaan Rooney: At 15, Giaan signalled her talent to the world, winning gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and backing up with two silver medals at the Sydney Olympics two years later. In Athens in 2004, she was part of the gold-winning, world record-breaking relay team.

Stuart O’Grady: Our cycling expert is Australia’s finest, with a career spanning almost two decades. Stuart is a two-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist. He raced in six Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games, and rode the Tour De France 17 times.

Jana Pittman: Studying her HSC as she competed for the Sydney Olympics, the champion hurdler and sprinter would go on to win four Commonwealth gold medals and became the first Australian woman to compete at both the summer and winter Olympics (in bobsled in the latter).

Jon Steffensen: One of the great personalities of track and field, Jon is also Australia’s most successful male sprinter. He won two gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and competed in three Olympic Games.

Caitlin Bassett: Covering the court, Caitlin is a dual world champion, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and a Super Netball Premiership player. She was also the captain of the Australian Diamonds.

Elyse Villani: With impeccable timing, Elyse is one of the most damaging batters in international women’s cricket. She helped the Australian women’s cricket team win the ICC World Cup, the ICC World T20 championship and win back the Ashes from England.

Shane Heal: Taking viewers from bounce to backboard is Shane, who represented Australia at four Olympic Games and had two stints in the NBA. He has also coached several winning teams and elite players.

Celebrate Friday’s Opening Ceremony on Sunrise, then watch as the gold rush begins from Saturday, 30 July, when Weekend Sunrise (7.00am to 10.00am) will showcase our medal haul from finals in cycling, gymnastics, athletics and swimming.

You can also choose your own sporting adventure each day of the Birmingham Games, with up to 30 dedicated channels – exclusive and free, live and replay – across Seven, 7mate and 7plus.

For every golden moment, start your day the winning way with Sunrise.

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Meet Ashlee and Mat: MKR’s foodie parents

By 7plus, Case Studies, SEVEN, Seven West Media

Margaret River husband and wife team, Ashlee, 36, and Mat, 39, are seasoned cooks, but their risky choice of serving a Marron Bisque entrée may spell disaster for the pair when Australia’s favourite cooking show, MKR, returns to Channel 7 and 7plus after The Commonwealth Games.

Unbeknown to the foodie parents, bisque is the first sauce judge Manu Feildel was taught to cook, and even he concedes it can be “tricky” to get right.  

“It’s probably one of the most favourite things I like to cook,” says Manu, before warning the team to ensure their entrée is “top notch.” 

Manu’s bisque bomb immediately makes Ashlee panic as the team retreats to the kitchen. “I’m really freaking out that we’ve made a huge mistake.” Adds Mat, “why did we choose bisque!”

Cooking is everything for the couple of 18 years, and competing on MKR has been a long-held dream. Will the couple’s dream be realised by a winning bisque, or will it burn right in front of their eyes?  

The love is back. MKR is back. Join Nigella Lawson and Manu Feildel as they travel the country to uncover Australia’s best home cooks.

MKR is produced by ITV Studios Australia for the Seven Network.

MKR is produced by ITV Studios Australia for the Seven Network.

Premieres after the Commonwealth Games on Channel 7 and 7plus

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Face to Face with Yianni Vivliotis

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Yianni Vivliotis tells us about his career in the industry leading up to where he is now, a Senior Sports Sales Executive in Sydney, and also shares his experience at Cannes in Cairns earlier this year.

Q1. Tell us about your career in the media industry so far?

I am coming up to seven years at Seven West Media in the Sales department. I started  at Pacific Magazines working across Better Home & Gardens and Home Beautiful. I then moved to the Sport Sales Team at Seven, where I have been for the past three years. This allowed me to delve into my passion for sport and be able to apply this to my day-to-day work life. Over the years, it’s been great to see how media consumption, specifically for sport, has changed significantly. This was highlighted especially during Tokyo 2020 where viewers were in the driver’s seat to watch what they wanted, when they wanted and how they wanted across Channel 7 and 7plus.

Q2. You recently went to Cannes in Cairns. How was that? What was your key takeaway from the event?

Aside from Cairns being a great destination for a holiday, the conference was everything I could have hoped for and more! It was great to hear industry leaders talk through the ever-changing landscape of media in Australia, and how the advancement of new formats has impacted traditional mediums. In a reactive market, the conference highlighted the need for brand vs performance, but also the importance of both working together.

The standouts for me were Ash Barty and her “be interested, not interesting” approach. Also, Mark Bouris who spoke about technology as a disruptor, and how this disruption is empowering the rise of entrepreneurs. Gilligans in Cairns was also a great spot for a quiet beverage!

Q3. What does a typical day look like in your role? 

A very cliché answer, but it does change every day, especially with sport being seasonal!

It starts by checking the LiveScore app or watching sport highlights and interviews from the night before. Together, with of course some bias office commentary!

Being in the middle of the AFL season (what a season it has been!), campaign reporting for AFL partners is high on the to-do list – both from an audience and integration perspective.

Presenting and liaising with clients on our 7Sport offering, together with responding to briefs is definitely at the core. Especially with the Commonwealth Games, Supercars and Summer of Cricket all coming up.

Q4. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Entrée – Fresh seafood platter – prawns, scallops, calamari, mussels, oysters etc

Main – Slow cooked lamb roast, with a side of pastichio (Greek lasagne)

Dessert – My Mum’s tiramisu

Location – Kythera (Greek Island)

Drink – A Maccas Coke

Play, Stay or Stray  

By 7plus, Case Studies, SEVEN, Seven West Media

World premiere of Heartbreak Island Australia is almost here

Get out your dating dictionary as Heartbreak Island Australia premieres Thursday, 4 August exclusively on 7plus.

Hosted by Clinton Randell, Australians will be the first in the world to witness all the hook-ups and bust-ups from the island, with new episodes dropping every Thursday for free on 7plus. 

Who will fall in love, and who will never want to see their partner again? 

The Heartbreakers ready to risk it all for romance are:

  • Amber Yee, 25: Bar manager, Australia
  • Alexandra Carter, 21: Bar manager, Australia
  • Kacey Watson, 23: Social media manager and personal trainer, Australia
  • Tiarne Butler, 28: Hair salon coordinator, Australia
  • Jake Spinner, 26: Tradesman, Australia
  • Bailey Neate, 22: Plumbing apprentice, Australia
  • Maiata Boxer, 20 Professional dancer, New Zealand
  • Ashleigh Williams, 25: Model and actress, New Zealand
  • Milly Forbes, 24: Criminology student and preschool teacher, New Zealand
  • Manaaki Hoepo, 21: Sociology and performing arts student, New Zealand
  • Mez Tekeste, 29: Singer-songwriter, New Zealand
  • Kieran Hickey, 24: Postman, the UK
  • Max Batchelor, 21: Professional footballer, the UK
  • Holly Barnes, 20: Media manager and stylist, the US
  • Shamar Sinegal, 21: Chiropractic student and security guard, the US
  • Chris Burgoon, 25: Real estate agent, the US

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7NEWS Spotlight: Dream Team 

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Swim stars Cody Simpson and Emma McKeon happy together

In a 7NEWS Spotlight exclusive, popstar turned swim star, Cody Simpson, and Australia’s most decorated Olympian, Emma McKeon, share the inside story behind their electrifying romance, 8.45pm this Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

In their first interview together, Australian sport’s power couple open up to reporter Denham Hitchcock about their relationship, revealing how lives once so different are now very much in sync.

Days out from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, swimming’s dream team are clearly focussed on doing themselves and their nation proud, but take time out to offer us a rare glimpse inside their private lives away from the pool.

Cody and Emma talk candidly about how they inspire each other and address the headlines and scrutiny which have followed the seemingly unlikely pairing.

Their parents – swim stars themselves who also met at training – weigh in on the loved up duo, reflecting on the journeys their children have taken to end up where they are today.

Don’t miss a minute of Cody and Emma’s heart-warming story – 8.45pm this Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.  

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A star is born and hearts hang in the balance

By 7plus, Case Studies, SEVEN, Seven West Media

Mid-season final week on Australia’s #1 drama

A star is born, a heart is broken, and a life is on the line on Australia’s #1 drama, Home and Away, as the must-see mid-season final week begins from 7.00pm Monday, 25 July on Channel 7 and 7plus.

After weeks of wreaking havoc in the Bay, bad boy Tex (Lucas Linehan) and his clan of bikies may have reached the end of the line, when Tane (Ethan Browne) and Rose (Kirsty Marillier) devise a plot to take down the dangerous criminals once and for all. But with the stakes higher than ever, the fallout will send shockwaves throughout the community.

Having been viciously extorted by Tex and the bikies, Tane finds himself embroiled in a criminal operation to launder money through his gym. With nowhere to run, and fearing for the safety of his loved ones, a desperate Tane is prepared to do whatever it takes to protect his family.

A humiliated Rose is left reeling after discovering the man she has been sharing her bed with is a bikie. Having uncovered Tex’s true identity, Rose wants only one thing: to put him behind bars. Honing her detective skills, Rose works out that Tane is somehow connected to Tex and his associates. When Tane comes clean to Rose about the bikies extorting him, the unlikely pair join forces.

Just how far is Tane willing to go to put an end to the bikies reign of terror? 

Lovesick Cash (Nicholas Cartwright) is preparing for Jasmine’s (Sam Frost) return to Summer Bay. Time apart has led Cash to the realisation that he’s ready to take the next step with his long-time girlfriend and make the ultimate commitment. An anxious Cash pulls out all the stops to orchestrate the perfect proposal, but will it go according to plan? Or will his world come crashing down?

Having been crowned the new lead singer of Lyrik, Theo (Matt Evans) finds himself torn between his TAFE apprenticeship and chasing his dream. Determined to prove he can do both, Theo is gearing up for his first Salt gig as Lyrik’s frontman.

But when Lyrik’s newest member doesn’t show up for sound check, Kirby (Angelina Thomson), Eden (Stephanie Panozzo) and Remi (Adam Rowland) begin to worry. Have they hedged their bets on the wrong person to front the band? In his moment to shine, will Theo sink? Or swim?

All will be answered when Home and Away’s mid-season final week starts next Monday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Television event premieres 7.00pm Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus

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Face to Face with Rod Clark

By SEVEN, Seven West Media

Rod Clark, who works in the South Coast region from his home office, shares what a typical work day looks like and how he finds inspiration from within.

Q1. Tell us about your career in the media industry so far?

I started out at AFTRS for the radio course which then turned into jobs on air at 2 Double O Wollongong and 2ST Nowra. There, I also dabbled in advertising sales.

I then went on an 18-month surfing trip all over the world which ended in the US, where I did a 3-month stint on ROCK 107.5 Albuquerque New Mexico – That was cool. I was on a breakfast show called ‘Dan, Mandy and the token Aussie.’

Whilst I was in the US, I got contacted about a job back home with the start-up of Power FM in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven. I was the first person employed by Power FM and presold the station in Wollongong for 3 months before it went to air, plus pulled a few on air shifts. Fun times!

In 1994 I joined Prime as the South Coast representative based in Ulladulla. I quickly grew my client base and my one role turned into a team of 3 – with an additional salesperson based in Batemans Bay and one in Nowra. I was also involved in the creation of the FSC signal split in 2000.

Q2. How is working in the South Coast region?

The South Coast has been an untouched paradise. It’s changed now though, it’s very busy!

The job has challenges in the sense of the size and distance of the market. It is 4 hour’s drive from one end of the market to the other, so it takes good organisation skills, and you need to be able to work unsupervised.

The people are great. I work with a lot of small businesses and on an intimate level. Seeing their businesses grow and prosper, and knowing I’ve played a small part in that is a great reward.

Q3. What does a typical day look like in your role? 

I have a home office. Typically, I will be punching out proposals and emails most of the week. Once a week I spend a whole day on the road driving to face to face sales meetings in each of the towns – most of the towns are a 35 – 45-minute drive between one another.

Q4. If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?

Wear sunblock when surfing ha ha! Probably to not sweat the small stuff too much, and to try and enjoy the ride. Celebrate success, and you don’t need to try and be the best all the time.

Q5. Who or what inspires you?

I think inspiration comes from within. If you want to do something, make it happen. I never stop trying to learn and get knowledge from the many interesting people I meet.

I listen to a lot of music. If I could come back, I would choose to be a musician! I get amped by great music – Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave are two favourites.

Ian Thorpe, This Is Your Life

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Premiere television event celebrates one of Australia’s favourite sons

Australia’s most successful male Olympian Ian Thorpe is celebrated by the people who know him best in the premiere episode of the all-new This Is Your Life, 7.00pm Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

The iconic big red book is now in the hands of host Melissa Doyle who surprises Thorpie during a motivational speech he is presenting at Sydney Olympic Park, the site of some of his greatest triumphs.

In a night full of surprises and revelations, we will learn about the man behind the glory and how it all started as Thorpie is joined by his family, dearest friends and the one rival he thought he’d never see again.

A huge line-up of Australian and international guests including Cathy Freeman, John Howard, Michael Klim, Grant Hackett, Pieter van den Hoogenband, Layne Beachley, Bruce McAvaney, Geoff Huegill and Merrick & Rosso, plus more to be revealed on the night, will share untold stories about Thorpie for the very first time.

We hear how Ian was invited to Kate and William’s royal wedding and about his special friendship with one of the world’s most famous designers, Giorgio Armani.

Jimmy Barnes will take to the This is Your Life stage for a special performance and speaks about how he and Thorpie struck up an unlikely friendship.

Don’t miss this primetime entertainment event – a celebration for every proud Australian who has marvelled at the achievements of one of our favourite sons.

This Is Your Life is an ITV Studios Australia production for the Seven Network.

Ian Thorpe, This Is Your Life

Television event premieres 7.00pm Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus

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