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Australia’s greatest Olympian Ian Thorpe joins Seven

By 7SPORT, Olympics, SPORT

Ian Thorpe takes the blocks for Tokyo 2020

Australia’s most successful Olympian of all-time, five-time gold medallist Ian Thorpe, will join the Seven Network’s star-studded commentary team for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a huge coup for all sport fans. 

One of the greatest swimmers of all time, Thorpe burst on to the international stage aged 15, becoming the youngest male world champion when he won gold in the 400m freestyle at the 1998 World Championships.

He went on to set 13 long-course world records and won 11 gold medals at the World Championships and 10 at the Commonwealth Games.

At Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, Thorpe won a total of nine Olympic medals. He also produced some of the most memorable moments in Australian sporting history, including his individual victories in the 200m (Athens) and 400m freestyle (Sydney and Athens), and his inspired final leg in the 4x100m freestyle relay in Sydney that carried Australia to a momentous triumph over the powerhouse American team.

Affectionately known as “Thorpedo”, Thorpe will be in his element as an expert commentator for the swimming in Tokyo, joining Seven’s world-class Olympic Games commentary team led by Australia’s most loved and respected sport broadcaster, Bruce McAvaney. 

Seven’s commentary line-up includes fellow Olympic gold medallists Anna Meares, Nick Green, Giaan Rooney, Scott McGrory, Russell Mark, Debbie Watson and Kerri Pottharst, along with decorated Olympians Andrew Gaze, Rachael Sporn, Tamsyn Lewis-Manou and David Culbert, and former champion ironwoman Candice Warner.

Thorpe can’t wait to bring fans the stories of Australia’s next generation of swimming stars as they bid for Olympic glory in Tokyo.

I am really excited to be joining the Seven commentary team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

There is no doubt these Games are going to be our most unique to date, and I’m looking forward to working alongside Giaan Rooney, Basil Zempilas, Nathan Templeton and the rest of the team to bring viewers all the action from Tokyo – and to cheer home our athletes.

Ian Thorpe

As Australian sporting icons go, Ian sits up in the stratosphere alongside our very best. No one has achieved more at Olympic level for Australia and no one is better qualified to take viewers inside all the action in the pool at Tokyo. 

We’re rapt to welcome him to a Seven team that will bring unrivalled expertise to our Tokyo 2020 coverage. This Games will be the greatest event you’ll ever see and the only place you can witness all the history-making action live and free is Seven, Your Home of the Olympics.

Lewis Martin, Seven’s Head of Sport

As the countdown continues to the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 23 July, 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 45 dedicated Olympic channels across Seven and 7plus, all live, free and in HD. 

Seven’s Olympic coverage will be anchored by Hamish McLachlan, Abbey Gelmi, Johanna Griggs, Luke Darcy, Matt Shirvington, Edwina Bartholomew, Lisa Sthalekar and Andy Maher.

Basil Zempilas leads an impressive team of callers including rugby’s leading commentator Greg Clark, basketball expert John Casey, and accomplished callers Brenton Speed and Matt Hill.

Leading Seven’s contingent on the ground in Tokyo, Mel McLaughlin and Mark Beretta will make sure audiences are kept up to date with all the latest news, colour and atmosphere of

the Games, while Jason Richardson will be trackside at the athletics and Nathan Templeton will be poolside for the swimming. 

Exactly 16 days after the Olympic Flame is extinguished in Tokyo, a new one will be lit, signalling the start of the Paralympic Games. Johanna Griggs, Paralympic gold medallist Annabelle Williams and Paralympics legend Kurt Fearnley will anchor Seven’s unprecedented coverage across Seven and 7plus featuring up to 16 live streams.    

There will be more big announcements on Seven’s commentary line-up in coming weeks, including the biggest-ever Olympic Host Broadcasting Service of international callers and experts. 

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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Highlights of TOKYO 100

By Olympics, SPORT

Marking 100 days to go until the Tokyo Olympic Games. Join Bruce McAvaney and our team for an exclusive insight into Seven’s Olympic and Paralympic Games preparations.

Opening

Introduction to Tokyo 2020

Meet the Hosts and Commentators

Mornings with Johanna and Luke

Afternoons with Edwina and Matt

7NEWS with Athlete Uniforms

Primetime with Hamish and Abbey

Live sites

Tokyo Shinya

7plus Ecosystem

Personalisation at Scale

After the Olympics

Watch Tokyo 100

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Seven and McDonald’s are better together

By 7SPORT, SPORT

The Seven Network’s market-leading strategic cross-media arm, 7RED, has joined forces with OMD, DDB and Whooska to create an innovative, integrated campaign for McDonald’s Australia in Seven’s coverage of the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

The campaign, which kicked off during last night’s Carlton v Collingwood match, features Seven’s Hamish McLachlan along with several AFL stars and senior officials in a unique promotion of the McDonald’s brand.

We asked ourselves how could we make McDonald’s synonymous with the AFL? And the answer was right in front of us: it already is.

Every club in the league, the Channel Seven commentary team, past legends and even the CEO of the game itself all have a Macca. We had a lot of fun making this and hope footy fans enjoy seeing it during the game.

Jack Nunn, DDB Creative Partner

To see this work realised in such a short amount of time is a massive achievement. It’s a real testament to the work that can be created through collaboration of agencies, McDonald’s Australia, the Seven Network and the AFL.

Aaron Miller, OMD Sports Partnerships Director

By partnering with 7RED, OMD, DDB and Whooska were able to deliver bespoke content that perfectly targeted McDonald’s key audiences and integrated tightly into the broadcast of the AFL match.

By connecting the iconic McDonald’s brand with our AFL coverage, we’ve once again demonstrated how 7RED and brands are better together.

Seven’s AFL is the best opportunity for brands to reach their target audiences in Australian sport. This unique campaign execution was only possible thanks to OMD, DDB and Whooska working very closely with 7RED to create and deliver a pitch-perfect spot that promotes the brand to Seven’s AFL audience.

Katie Finney, 7RED Director

At McDonald’s we’re proud to play an active role in communities across Australia. 

As a partner to the AFL and AFLW, we’re excited to be continuing to play a role in helping keep fans connected with their team and favourite players. Our ambition with this partnership is ultimately to support the AFL in getting more Aussies participating in – and enjoying – this great game.

Amanda Nakad, McDonald’s Australia Group Marketing Manager

There’s nothing we love more than keeping our audiences engaged with our AFL coverage, and campaigns such as our latest work with McDonald’s do just that.

By partnering with 7RED, brands are able to keep audiences engaged across a break, driving better results for them and ultimate, a better experience for the viewer.

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

Footy’s best team ready for a huge 2021

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Fan favourites return to Seven, the Home of Footy

Football’s #1 commentary team is locked in and ready to bring fans a 2021 AFL season that is shaping up as one of the most wide-open premiership races of recent times, live and free on the Home of Footy, the Seven Network.

Seven welcomes back football’s most star-studded line-up in 2021, including the game’s best group of callers – Brian Taylor, James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan and Luke Darcy.

Expert commentators Luke Hodge, Wayne Carey, Daisy Pearce, Matthew Richardson, Jobe Watson, Leigh Matthews, Tim Watson, Cameron Ling, Jimmy Bartel and Abbey Holmes are also back, while Abbey Gelmi, Jacqui Felgate, Jude Bolton, Xavier Ellis, Mark Soderstrom, Jason Bennett, Nigel Carmody and Campbell Brown round out football’s best team.

In a massive bonus for fans, two of the game’s biggest superstars – West Coast high-flyer Nic Naitanui and revered Geelong skipper Joel Selwood – will make guest appearances in the Seven commentary box throughout the season.

A love of the game drives everything we do at Seven and we can’t wait to bring all Australians a 2021 AFL season that promises to be one of the most closely fought in years.

We have assembled the game’s strongest, most talented and most experienced commentary line-up. After an extraordinary 2020, they’re ready and raring for the new season to start.

One of the greatest broadcasters of all time, Bruce McAvaney, is stepping back from calling games but rest assured he will still be an important part of our on-air team. Bruce remains a vital part of Seven’s AFL, horse racing, the Olympic Games and other special events,

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

Supercars return home in triumph

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Bathurst 500 up 28% from 2020

Seven captures 80% of all TV viewers

The Seven Network’s multi-platform coverage of the Supercars Repco Mount Panorama 500 in Bathurst on the weekend was a big winner with sports fans around the country.

The return of Supercars to its natural home on Channel 7 and 7mate reached 2.34 million Australians across Saturday and Sunday.

Seven’s average TV audience was up 28% on the opening round of the Supercars Championship last year. 

In addition to the huge broadcast audience, the ad-free live-streamed coverage of the race on 7plus – Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform – was a hit. More than four million minutes were streamed across the weekend, including 978,000 for yesterday’s race.

Eighty per cent of all TV viewers for Supercars on Saturday and Sunday tuned into Seven, and Seven had 296% more viewers than pay TV across the weekend*.

On Sunday, an average of 540,000 people nationally tuned in to watch Shane van Gisbergen complete a clean sweep of the weekend with a dominant victory in Race 2.

In the capital cities, yesterday’s race drew 290,000 viewers and was #1 in its timeslot among 25 to 54s, men 25 to 54 and total people.

The Saturday race recorded 520,000 viewers nationally and 286,000 in the capital cities, ranking #1 in its timeslot.

Audience highlights, Sunday race:

  • • National audience reach across the day: 1.72 million
  • • National average broadcast audience for race 2: 540,000
    • • Up 12% on race 2, round 1, 2020
  • • #5 program nationally in men 25 to 54, #9 in 25 to 54s
  • • Capital city average broadcast audience for race 2: 290,000
    • • Up 6% on race 2, round 1, 2020
  • • Regional average broadcast audience for race 2: 249,000
    • • Up 19% on race 2, round 1, 2020
  • • Capital city timeslot rankings: #1 in men 25 to 54, #1 in 25 to 54s, #1 in total people for race 2

Audience highlights, Saturday race:

  • • National audience reach across the day: 1.64 million
  • • National average broadcast audience for race 1: 520,000
    • • Up 34% on race 1, round 1, 2020
  • • #1 program nationally in men 25 to 54, #4 in 25 to 54s, #9 in total people
  • • Capital city average broadcast audience for race 1: 286,000
    • • Up 28% on race 1, round 1, 2020
  • • Regional average broadcast audience for race 1: 234,000
    • • Up 43% on race 1, round 1, 2020
  • • Capital city timeslot rankings: #1 in men 25 to 54, #1 in 25 to 54s, #1 in total people
  • for race 1

The Repco Mount Panorama 500 was the first of six blockbuster Supercars events on Seven and 7plus in 2021. The rest of the year will bring:

  • • Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley Raceway, 19-20 June
  • • NTI Townsville, Reid Park Street Circuit, 10-11 July
  • • Sydney SuperNight, Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek, 21-22 August
  • • Repco Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit, 8-10 October
  • • Season finale: Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise Street Circuit, 4-5 December

Highlights from the other races of the 2021 Supercars Championship will be replayed on Seven and 7plus the same day of the race.

*Foxtel and Foxtel Go only as Kayo numbers are not officially measured
Source: OzTAM (Metro FTA, National STV and BVOD), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg markets, incl WA). Round 1 2021 v Round 1 2020.

7plus hits Super Bowl live-streaming record

By 7plus, 7SPORT, SEVEN, SPORT

Super Bowl LV beats tennis

Sports fans flocked to witness NFL legend Tom Brady claim a record seventh Super Bowl ring yesterday, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage of Super Bowl LV reaching 1.5 million people nationally.

Seven’s full coverage of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, which included the halftime show headlined by The Weeknd, reached 1.07 million viewers in the capital cities.

7plus’ live stream of America’s biggest sporting event smashed the Super Bowl record, recording 7.7 million minutes, up 29% on last year’s previous highest figure. It was the #1 live streamed program yesterday.

An average capital city audience of 279,000 tuned in across Seven’s coverage of the match, up 5% on last year’s Super Bowl audience and 34% more people than the audience for Nine’s coverage of the day session of the Australian Open. Nationally, Seven’s coverage drew 383,000 viewers, or 29% more than the Australian Open.

Source: Source: OzTAM (Metro Broadcast, National BVOD), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg Markets). 8 Feb, 2021. Super Bowl LV: Buccaneers v Chiefs. Average audience. Network National Reach Estimate based on Metro + Regional for minimum of 1 consecutive seconds of program viewed on Seven Network. Live Streaming Minutes 2020 & 2021 includes co-viewing, 2018 & 2019 excludes co-viewing. Data: Overnight (Preliminary 8/2/2021)

Ponting, Gavaskar and Lara on Test series and BBL

Legendary trio dissect Summer of Cricket

By 7SPORT, SEVEN, SPORT

Ponting, Gavaskar and Lara on Test series and BBL

Join three of cricket’s all-time greats – Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara – as they discuss all of the game’s burning issues in a fascinating discussion ahead of a spectacular Summer of Cricket on the Seven Network.

Having recently signed with Seven’s #1 cricket team, Gavaskar and Lara joined the game’s best commentator, Ponting, for a wide-ranging conversation centred around this summer’s four-match Australia-India Test series and BBL 10, which blasts off this Thursday at 7.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

It’s a rare audience with three of the game’s biggest legends that no cricket fan will want to miss – live now @7Cricket.

Seven’s Summer of Cricket

BBL 10
Kicks off 10 December

The season opens on 10 December when the Hobart Hurricanes take on the BBL’s reigning champions, Sydney Sixers, at Blundstone Arena, at 7.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

This is the first of eight live and free games in seven days as the new BBL season explodes from the blocks on Seven.

Australia v India Test series
First Test, Adelaide Oval 17-21 December

The much-anticipated battle for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy begins with the First Test at Adelaide Oval next Thursday, 17 December, at 2.00pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

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Surf’s up on Seven and 7plus

By SEVEN, SPORT

Seven extends partnership with World Surf League

The world’s best surfers will continue to thrill fans live and free on the Seven Network, with the network extending its partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) to cover surfing’s biggest and most iconic events.

In a massive coup for surfing lovers, all of the WSL’s live contests and highlights shows across the 2021 season will be broadcast across the Seven Network and live-streamed on 7plus, Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform.

Seven’s coverage will include every event of the world’s premier surfing competition, the WSL Championship Tour, along with the Challenger Series, Big Wave at Large and Longboard Tour.

There’s no cooler or more captivating sport than surfing so we’re rapt to continue our partnership with the World Surf League. We can’t wait to bring fans the world’s very best surfers competing in the world’s most prestigious events over the next year – all of it live and free on Seven and 7plus.

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

The elite shortboard action gets underway on 4 December when the WSL Championship Tour makes its long-awaited return after a 10-month hiatus with the women’s Maui Pro. Reigning world champion Carissa Moore, former Aussie world champs Stephanie Gilmore and Tyler Wright, and American prodigy Caroline Marks will headline a stellar field.

Cricket on 7

BBL Schedule Revealed

By 7SPORT, SPORT

December:

Thursday, 10 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Sixers @ Blundstone Arena, 7:15pm

Friday, 11 December: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat @ Manuka Oval, 7:15pm

Saturday, 12 December: Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers @ Blundstone Arena, 7:15pm

Sunday, 13 December: Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes @ Blundstone Arena, 2:15pm

Sunday, 13 December: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades @ Blundstone Arena, 7:15pm

Monday, 14 December: Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat @ Manuka Oval, 7:15pm

Tuesday, 15 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Adelaide Strikers @ UTAS Stadium, 7:15pm

Wednesday, 16 December: Perth Scorchers v Melbourne Stars @ UTAS Stadium, 7:15pm

Saturday, 19 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades @ Blundstone Arena, 11:10am

Sunday, 20 December: Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers @ Blundstone Arena, 11:10am

Saturday, 26 December: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades @ Manuka Oval, 6:10pm

Saturday, 26 December: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars @ Metricon Stadium, 8:20pm

Sunday, 27 December: Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes @ The Gabba, 6:15pm

Monday, 28 December: Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers @ Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm

Tuesday, 29 December: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars @ Manuka Oval, 7:15pm

Wednesday, 30 December: Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat @ The Gabba, 6:15pm

Thursday, 31 December: Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers @ Adelaide Oval, 6:45pm

January:

Sunday, 3 January: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 4 January: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 5 January: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers, TBC/7:15pm

Wednesday, 6 January: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:15pm

Thursday, 7 January: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder, TBC/6:10pm

Thursday, 7 January: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, TBC/9:20pm

Saturday, 9 January: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder, TBC/7:15pm

Sunday, 10 January: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 11 January: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 12 January: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/7:15pm

Wednesday, 13 January: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:15pm

Thursday, 14 January: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, TBC/7:15pm

Friday, 15 January: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers, TBC/7:15pm

Sunday, 17 January: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 18 January: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 19 January: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, TBC/7:15pm

Wednesday, 20 January: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, TBC/7:15pm

Thursday, 21 January: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat, TBC/7:15pm

Saturday, 23 January: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers, TBC/7:15pm

Sunday, 24 January: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/7:15pm

Monday, 25 January: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder, TBC/7:15pm

Tuesday, 26 January: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, TBC/4:15pm

Tuesday, 26 January: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers, TBC/7:50pm

BBL finals fixture

Friday, 29 January: The Eliminator (4th v 5th)

Saturday, 30 January: The Qualifier (1st v 2nd)

Sunday, 31 January: The Knockout (3rd v Winner of The Eliminator)

Thursday, 4 February: The Challenger (Loser of The Qualifier v Winner of The Knockout)

Saturday, 6 February: The Final (Winner of The Qualifier v Winner of The Challenger)

Jacqui Felgate joins Hamish McLachlan to co-host 2020’s Brownlow Medal count

By SPORT

Seven’s special broadcast – LIVE and FREE on Sunday October 18

Long-time Channel Seven sports presenter and Footy Central host Jacqui Felgate will join Hamish McLachlan in hosting the AFL’s night of nights, the Brownlow Medal count, on Sunday October 18.

In a year when the Brownlow count will be held as a made-for-TV event, Felgate and McLachlan will co-host a special broadcast on the eve of Grand Final week, with Brisbane Lions midfielder Lachie Neale the favourite to be crowned 2020’s fairest and best player ahead of a star-studded field that includes Travis BoakChristian PetraccaJack Steele and past winners Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield

Everyone’s favourite footy fans, Front Bar stars Mick MolloySam Pang and Andy Maher, will also join Seven’s broadcast to add their unique take on the night’s proceedings, while one of this year’s Brownlow favourites will be put under the spotlight in an interview with a hard-hitting team of NAB AFL Auskickers. 

In the build-up to this year’s count, fans are being encouraged to get into the spirit of the night from their loungerooms with #BackyardBrownlow, where the best pictures posted on social media will be shown on the broadcast as viewers help bring the traditional black-tie style and glamour to the game’s most prestigious night.

The AFL Mark of the Year, AFL Goal of the Year and Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award will also be announced during Seven’s broadcast.

McLachlan, who will host his second Brownlow count this year, is excited by 2020’s different format:  

It will be a different Brownlow count this year, not having a room filled with the players, but the significance of the night remains just the same. To be crowned the game’s fairest and best is life changing, so we will try very hard to ensure that prestige remains amongst all the changes we face. Lachie Neale and Trav Boak look to be the two for me, but this year has shown whatever you think, counts for very little. I’m really looking forward to working with Jacqui. Jac loves her footy, is a great live performer and will do a terrific job bringing to life the players’ stories.

Felgate says it will be a privilege to be part of football’s most iconic night as the first ever female co-host:

It’s been an incredibly tough year for so many, but Brownlow night will give Australians the chance to celebrate the very best in footy, both on and off the field. It’s an honour to stand alongside one of the finest broadcasters in the country in Hamish McLachlan, and to look back at the remarkable moments that gave us so much joy – when we needed it the most. It will be a Brownlow with a difference, but it will be something very special indeed. And I promise to keep everyone on time, there will be no excuses this year!

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport Lewis Martin commented:

This year’s count will be a Brownlow like no other. A lot could go wrong, there’s no mistaking that. We’ll be relying on a lot of technology and plenty of moving parts coming together on the night. But the broadcast will be in safe hands with Hamish and Jacqui, with a little help from The Front Bar team. And we can always rely on two things on Brownlow night – the gripping drama that just builds and builds during the count, and the prestige that’s instantly bestowed on the player who joins a who’s who of football’s greatest names on the Brownlow honour roll.

TV Broadcast times on Seven:

2020 Brownlow Medal Count

Sunday October 18

Sydney        7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne   7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane      6.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide      6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth           4.00pm LIVE on 7mate

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