Seven honoured at Sport Australia Media Awards

By 7SPORT, Olympics, Seven West Media, SPORT

Tokyo Olympics coverage collects two SportAus gongs

The Seven Network’s ground-breaking coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 has shone bright among a field of Australian broadcasters, recognised with the 2021 Sport Australia Media Award for Best Coverage of a Sporting Event at the annual gala event in Sydney last night.

Esteemed sport broadcaster David Culbert was recognised with the Sport Australia Media Award for Best Sport Coverage by an Individual – Video for his informed, impassioned and entertaining commentary across Seven’s coverage of Games, including his most memorable call of Jess Fox’s canoe gold alongside Jess’ father, Richard.

The honours follow three awards from the International Olympic Committee’s coveted Golden Rings Awards in Lausanne in November last year.

Seven’s Tokyo 2020 broadcast reached more Australians than ever before, with 21 million people tuning in to watch the 17 days of competition on an unprecedented 45 channels across Seven and 7plus, making it the biggest television and streaming event in Australian history.

The network also proudly delivered the biggest and best Paralympic coverage ever for Tokyo 2020 across 13 unmissable days, shattering all previous Australian television audience records with coverage of the Opening Ceremony reaching 1.94 million people and each day of competition reaching between 2.5 million and 3 million viewers.

Seven produced a history-making broadcast and digital coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo that united and gripped Australians in their millions, arguably at a time when the country needed it most.

It really does take a village and we relied on the resources of the entire network to deliver a world-class, award-winning viewing experience. Every person at Seven played a part, big or small, and this is deserved recognition of their achievements and valuable contributions.

We also congratulate Dave Culbert. One of Australia’s finest callers, Dave has a very proud history with Seven and has been a respected voice across numerous Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games with his outstanding ability to engage and inform, peppered with a sharp sense of humour.

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

The Sport Australia Media Awards recognise excellence in sports journalism, broadcasting and production. They focus on analytical and insightful reporting and the presentation of sport and sporting issues, with the aim of fostering improved coverage of key issues within sport.

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Supercars rev up on Seven


Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight this weekend on Seven and 7plus

Sports fans are strapping themselves in for a thrilling 2022 Supercars season, as the Repco Supercars Championship kicks off with this weekend’s Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight, live and free on Seven, 7mate and 7plus.

With five hours of live coverage each day, leading sports broadcaster Mark Beretta and former Supercars driver Jack Perkins will take viewers live to Sydney Motorsport Park for all the action from 4.30pm AEDT this Saturday, 5 March, on 7mate, before a 12.00pm AEDT start time on Sunday, 6 March, on Channel 7.

Throughout the 2022 Supercars season, fans can immerse themselves in all the high-octane action, with every race available live, free and in HD* on 7plus. Sports fans can go behind the scenes of a race day with replays and highlights from key races, as well as bonus Supercars content, including interviews with drivers, exclusive documentaries and behind the scenes vision.

It’s great to have Supercars back on Seven this weekend to mark the beginning of a highly anticipated 2022 season.

We are thrilled to once again broadcast the intensity, chaos and sheer passion shown on the Supercars circuit, straight into the homes of Australians. With world-class coverage led by Mark Beretta and Jack Perkins, the 2022 Supercars season will be unmissable.

This weekend, motorsport fans can once again immerse themselves in the race without missing a second of the action, thanks to the use of PiP technology. The introduction of PiP technology has been embraced by motorsport fans since its arrival last year and is just another reason why Seven is Your Home of Motorsport.

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

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Seven hits summer high

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Summer schedule boots Seven and Channel 7 audiences

After reclaiming the title of Australia’s most-watched network in 2021, the Seven Network maintained its strong ratings momentum across summer to record audience growth year-on-year.

Seven’s supersized summer schedule of the Ashes Test series, BBL, WBBL, 7NEWS, Sunrise and The Voice Generations saw Channel 7 increase its average all day audience by 5.9% year-on-year and 4.3% in 25 to 54s.

Seven Network also increased its average all day audience by 4.2% year-on-year and 3.7% in 25 to 54s.

Across daytime, Seven Network grew its summer audience 8.4% in total people and 8.3% in 25 to 54s.

Seven Network scored a 40.4% commercial audience share in total people across the whole day (2am-2am), 38.2% in 25 to 54s and 37.9% in under 50s during summer. Channel 7 also grew its prime time summer commercial share year-on-year, to 27.1%.

Seven’s coverage of the Australia-England Ashes Test series was a hit, reaching 11.72 million people and average of 1.02 million viewers nationally, up 2% on the Ashes series on home soil in 2017-18. The 2021-22 Ashes series was also up 17% year-on-year versus last summer’s Australia-India test series.

7NEWS at 6.00pm had an average audience of 1.39 million across the summer, making it #1 in its timeslot in total people and 25 to 54s. Sunrise’s national audience of 418,000 placed it well ahead of the competition to win another summer.

Seven has momentum and our unmissable summer schedule of sport, news and entertainment gave us solid year-on-year growth.

The rest of this year is set to be even bigger on Seven. No other network can match Seven’s line-up of powerhouse content this year, with February alone home to new seasons of SAS Australia and Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, plus the highly-anticipated Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 has just kicked off and has already reached 6.83 million viewers.

That is just the start. The year is crammed with must-see shows on Seven including The Voice, Farmer Wants A Wife with Samantha Armytage, the XXII Commonwealth Games, Big Brother, AGT, Claremont, Police Strike Force, Code 1: Minute by Minute, Supercars, AFL, horse racing and the return of Australia’s favourite cooking show, My Kitchen Rules.

Angus Ross, Seven’s Director of Network Programming

The highlights of summer 2021-22 included:

  • Seven Network: #1 in all day in total people
  • Seven Network: #1 in six of the 10 summer weeks
  • 7mate: #1 multichannel in prime time
  • 7mate, 7two, 7flix: #1 multichannel group in prime time
  • #1 news program: 7NEWS
  • #1 breakfast show: Sunrise

Howzat for a Test summer!


11.72 million salute Aussie victory on Seven

Australia got behind Pat Cummins’ triumphant Test team this summer, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage of the 2021-22 Australia-England Ashes series reaching 11.72 million people nationally and an average peak of 1.47 million each day.

The Aussies capped off a dominant 4-0 series victory when they obliterated England’s fragile batting line-up in an exhilarating day three of the fifth Test in Hobart yesterday, with Seven’s coverage of the Fifth Test reaching 6.9 million Australians and peaking at 1.58 million.

Seven’s day three coverage reached 4.8 million viewers nationally and peaked at 1.7 million people. The second session had 1.28 million viewers nationally, while 1.2 million tuned in for the third session and 1.17 million for the first session. All sessions dominated their timeslots, ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people.

Seven delivered 77% of the Ashes broadcast audience across the five-Test series, while the national audience was up 2% on the 2017-18 series between Australia and England on home soil.

There is still plenty to look forward to in Seven’s Summer of Cricket. Australia’s world-beating women’s team squares off against traditional rivals England in the Women’s Ashes series starting this Thursday, 20 January.

And all the explosive action of the Big Bash League continues in the lead-up to the five-game finals series that kicks off on Friday, 21 January.

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Australia turns up the heat


Seven’s Adelaide Test day one reaches 4.03 million

Australians flocked to the Seven Network yesterday for day one of the Second Test, with the live and free coverage reaching 4.03 million people and peaking at 1.43 million.

With the Aussies well on top by stumps with 2-221 following gutsy performances at the crease by David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne, Seven recorded an average audience of 1.15 million viewers nationally for yesterday’s third session and 787,000 in the capital cities.

The second session had 858,000 viewers nationally and 583,000 in the capital cities, while 650,000 viewers nationally tuned in for the first session and 426,000 in the capital cities. All sessions dominated their timeslots, ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people. Seven delivered 75% of the Ashes broadcast audience across the capital cities and regional markets on a frustrating first day for the Poms, with Seven recording a capital-city share of 48.3% in total people and 46.4% in 25 to 54s from 6pm to midnight.

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Seven and 7plus rides the wave


Seven extends partnership with World Surf League

Ride the wave on the Seven Network, with Seven extending its partnership as the free-to-air broadcaster of the World Surf League (WSL) to cover surfing’s biggest and most iconic events.

Following the sport’s triumphant debut at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, all of the WSL’s live contests and highlights shows across the 2022 season will be broadcast across Seven and live-streamed on 7plus, Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform.

Live coverage on 7plus will include all stops of the world’s premier surfing competition, the WSL Championship Tour, along with the Challenger Series, the Rip Curl WSL Finals and Australian-based Qualifying Series events, while the deal will also see Seven broadcast the Rip Curl WSL Finals on free-to-air television as well as 11 hour-long highlights of Championship Tour events.

Surfing is as entrenched in Australian culture as any sport, so we’re stoked to continue our partnership with the World Surf League. We can’t wait to bring sport fans all the action from the world’s best surfing events, as we follow our surfers to some the most iconic beach destinations in the world, over the next year – all of it live and free on Seven and 7plus, your Home of Sport.”

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

The elite shortboard action gets underway on 29 January when the WSL Championship Tour makes its long-awaited return with the men’s and women’s Billabong Pro Pipeline at the fabled Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii.

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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas


Sunrise stars to host Woolworths Carols in the Domain

The Seven Network is thrilled to announce Sunrise’s Natalie Barr and David Koch will host the 39th annual Woolworths Carols in the Domain, airing 7.30pm Thursday, 23 December on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Kochie and Nat will be joined by a cavalcade of Australia’s most-loved performers in the original home of the iconic event, The Domain in Sydney.

The most awarded country music artist of all time, Carrie Underwood will perform from Nashville, and lead a stellar cast of performers set to light up the stage on this sparkling night of Christmas cheer, including The Voice winner Bella Taylor-Smith; ARIA Award-winning Australian singer, songwriter and actress Samantha Jade and legendary children’s entertainers The Wiggles.

After a difficult two years, the nation’s largest Christmas event will celebrate a long-awaited return to its full grandeur for the 39th year of Woolworths Carols in the Domain, including a very special visit from the man of the hour, Santa Claus.

Whether you are in The Domain, your lounge room or at a mate’s place, this iconic Australian event will give you an excuse to kick back, relax and celebrate.

Everyone in the country has been affected by the pandemic. We need a night like this to all come together and revel in the Christmas spirit.

Natalie Barr, Sunrise Co-host

For the families throughout Australia, get ready to sing like no one else is around! We want to see the smiles on kids’ faces and feel the magic of Christmas.

David Koch, Sunrise Co-host

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Countdown to Carols


Better Homes and Gardens prepare for Carols in the Domain with festive special

Fill the home with Christmas cheer when Australia’s beloved lifestyle program Better Homes and Gardens ushers in the festive season with Countdown to Carols, a 30 minute holiday episode airing at the special time of 7.00pm Thursday, 23 December on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Countdown to Carols will feature the performers from the 39th annual Woolworths Carols in the Domain, the nation’s largest and most iconic Christmas event, airing straight after at 7.30pm and hosted by Sunrise’s Natalie Barr and David Koch.

During the countdown, host Johanna Griggs is joined by former Home and Away star Penny McNamee to discuss her new projects after leaving Summer Bay and discover her newly renovated home.

Joh also catches up with this year’s winner of The Voice, Bella Taylor-Smith, who shares a sneak peek of her new album and reveals her plans for 2022.

Other segments to help kick off the Christmas season include:

  • Dr Harry teaching Charlie Albone and Juliet Love how to train their two new dogs
  • Fast Ed creating a delicious Christmas lunch menu to impress the whole family, featuring a ham and roasted veggie bake, coconut and mint crepes and a garden and orchard salad
  • Melissa King installing and decorating a stylish cubby house to entertain the kids over the school holidays

Settle in with the family for a night of feel-good festive fun, with the Better Homes and Gardens Countdown to Carols special at 7:00pm, followed by Woolworths Carols in the Domain at 7:30pm on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Better Homes and Gardens Countdown to Carols special 7.00pm Thursday, 23 December on Channel 7 and 7plus

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First Test a smash hit on Seven


Aussie annihilation reaches 5.56 million

Australia’s emphatic victory over England in the first Ashes showdown was box-office viewing, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage of the four days’ play at the Gabba reaching 5.56 million people and peaking at 1.1 million.

As England’s hopes were dashed by Australia’s bowling prowess in a series of quick wickets early on day four, Seven’s coverage reached 3.3 million Australians nationally and peaked at 1.17 million.

The first session yesterday had 716,000 viewers nationally and 487,000 in the capital cities, while 600,000 viewers nationally tuned in for the second session and 402,000 in the capital cities. All sessions dominated their timeslots, ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people.

The Seven Network delivered 78% of the Ashes broadcast audience on Saturday across the capital cities and regional as Australia toppled England by nine wickets to lead 1-0 in the five-match series, with Channel 7 up 154% year-on-year in total people and up 237% in 25 to 54s during day time.

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Aussies put Poms on the ropes on Seven


Gabba Test day two reaches 2.82 million

Man of the moment Travis Head scored his first Ashes century on day two of the First Test at the Gabba yesterday to put Australia on the path to victory with a commanding 196-run lead, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage reaching 2.82 million people and session three peaking at 1.36 million.

As the home team dominated at the crease to finish day two with a first innings total of 7/343, the third session delivered 954,000 viewers nationally and 639,000 in the capital cities.

The second session had 695,000 viewers nationally and 463,000 in the capital cities, while 556,000 viewers nationally tuned in for the first session and 369,000 in the capitals. All sessions dominated their timeslots ranking #1 in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s and total people.

The Seven Network delivered 77% of the Ashes broadcast audience on Thursday across the capital cities and regional, with Channel 7 up 147% year-on-year in total people and up 173% in 25 to 54s during day time.

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