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Chris Reason awarded for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 coverage

By 7NEWS, 7SPORT, Seven West Media, SPORT

7NEWS Chief Reporter Chris Reason has been recognised for excellence in journalism for his “extraordinary” reporting during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Mr Reason was awarded the prestigious Harry Gordon Memorial Award by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and commended for his special report on the showdown between Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and US legend Katie Ledecky in the women’s 400m freestyle – the first television journalist to ever receive the honour in the award’s history.

Mr Reason said: “I’ve covered 11 Olympic Games now, but this was one of the most extraordinary events I’ve ever had to report on. I’ve rarely seen a moment so uplifting and inspiring. It was the race that stopped two nations. And thanks to COVID, next to no one was in the stands to witness it. So being front and centre to relay that history and emotion to Australians back home was an honour and a privilege.

“It was a career high point being on this assignment, and it’s a high point too to be receiving the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. I met Harry multiple times and had enormous respect for him. I’d like to pay special tribute to producer Emma Dallimore, cameraman Paul Walker and editor Guiseppa Nastasi. Outstanding, each of them.

“The Tokyo Olympics was one of the most criticised and questioned in the modern era, but all credit to the International Olympic Committee, the AOC and the Games organisers for pushing through and delivering them – just at a time when the world needed them most. They brought hope and happiness to millions, and I was happy to play a small part in helping deliver that,” he said.

Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson said: “This award acknowledges a true master of the art of television journalism. As 7NEWS Chief Reporter, Chris spearheaded our exceptional Olympic News team, providing our audience with a nightly all-encompassing trip through the events and spotlighting those who made the Games all the more memorable.

“It’s fitting that Chris is the first from television to earn the Harry Gordon Memorial Award. He’s now set the bar extremely high.”  

The independent panel of judges further observed: “Chris Reason’s story for 7NEWS was extraordinary. In the five minutes that it ran for, only 30 seconds was allocated to the race itself. Chris added more than four minutes to make it a much more personal story.”

Entries from both the Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022 Games were considered by a three-person independent panel.

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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The countdown is on

By 7SPORT, Olympics, SEVEN, SPORT

Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games start in one week

Following an adrenaline-charged Olympic Winter Games, our Aussie athletes will hit the slopes once again when the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 start live, free and in HD* on Seven and 7plus from Friday, 4 March.

Beginning with the official Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony from 11.00pm AEDT, Johanna Griggs will host Seven’s Paralympic Winter coverage, while 7NEWS’ Matt Carmichael will take Australians into the heart of all the action live from Beijing. Four-time Paralympian Jessica Gallagher will also join Seven’s coverage of the Games.

In the lead-up to the Games, Seven will kick-start the Paralympic spirit from Saturday, 26 February, with the Winter Paralympics Preview Show and the premiere of All the Way Up – a documentary about Australian Paralympian Sam Tait embarking on a journey to become the first paraplegic to summit and ski down the highest mountain in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko.

The Paralympic Winter Games is among sport’s greatest events and we can’t wait to bring fans all the unmissable action over the next 12 days as Australia competes against the very best in the world.

“We are extremely proud to be the Home of the Paralympics across the screens of Seven and we will once again deliver an exciting, inspiring and unforgettable two weeks of winter action with nine incredible Aussie athletes ready to give it their all for a Paralympic medal.

Seven’s exclusive coverage of the Winter Olympics reached 12.5 million people and attracted new and younger audiences to Seven. This helped secure Seven’s biggest ratings survey year start since 2018 and we look forward to introducing even more viewers to the incredible Paralympic Winter Games.

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

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Beijing 2022 delivers gold for Seven

By 7SPORT, Olympics, SEVEN, SPORT

12.5 million Australians watch Winter Olympics, 7plus streaming surges 254%

The Seven Network’s exclusive, live and free coverage of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 has powered Seven to its biggest start to a television ratings survey year since 2018.

Beijing 2022 delivered record-breaking digital audiences on 7plus and reached a national audience of 12.5 million viewers for its linear broadcast on Channel 7, 7mate and 7two.

The Evening and Late sessions both dominated their timeslots, ranking #1 in total people, 25 to 54s and 16 to 39s. The Evening session averaged a total audience of 725,000 viewers nationally on broadcast and 7plus.

Viewing on 7plus was particularly popular with younger viewers, with VOZ data recording an incremental audience reach on broadcast in 18 to 39s of 15.4%.

Total streaming for Beijing 2022 surpassed PyeongChang 2018 after only four days of competition and drove a surge in 7plus registrations, lifting the total number of registered accounts to more than 11.5 million.

Viewing on 7plus was particularly popular with younger viewers, with VOZ data recording an incremental audience reach on broadcast in 18 to 39s of 15.4%.

The strong audience numbers helped secure Seven a dominant network win across the first two weeks of the 2022 OzTAM survey ratings year.

Seven won 13 days out of the first two weeks in 2022 to record a 43.8% commercial broadcast share in total people, up 8.5 share points on 2021, a 43.0% share in 16 to 39s (up 13.7 points) and a 41.5% share in 25 to 54s (up 10.0 points).

Seven’s broadcast of Beijing 2022 has captivated the nation, with 12.5 million viewers cheering on Australia’s best-ever Winter Olympics performance. The high-octane action helped Seven secure its biggest ratings survey year start since 2018, sweeping every market and every demo.

The audience growth on 7plus was phenomenal and marked the largest digital consumption ever for a Winter Olympics, with live streaming up 254% on PyeongChang.

The success of Beijing 2022 is testament to our outstanding coverage and exceptional line-up of expert commentators and hosts. The event created the perfect marketing platform to promote our exciting new content, including the launch of SAS Australia and Dancing With The Stars: All Stars, and reaffirms the power and value of premium sport in delivering brands young and engaged audiences across multiple screens.

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

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OzTAM 2022 survey year prime time commercial audience shares (%). 

20212022CHANGE
Total people35.343.8+8.5
16 to 39s29.343.0+13.7
25 to 54s31.541.5+10.0

Top broadcast events:

Beijing 2022 events on Seven Network, excluding the Opening Ceremony. Broadcast peak minute audience, overnight data.

RankDateEventPeak audience
114 FebFreestyle Skiing, Women’s Aerials Final1.09 million
29 FebAlpine Skiing, Women’s Slalom Final First Run1.05 million
39 FebFreestyle Skiing, Men’s Freeski Big Air Final First Run1.04 million
45 FebFreestyle Skiing, Men’s Moguls Qualifying Live Event1.04 million
55 FebSpeed Skating, Women’s 3000m Final Live Event992,000

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Daily Viewing Highlights: Day 16 / Feb 20

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Marking the end of Australia’s 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games campaign, our very own Jessica Yeaton and Casey Wright will wear the green and gold in the Women’s Mass Start Free Cross Country Ski this afternoon.

Witness some of Beijing 2022’s most talented figure skaters in the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition Special, immediately after the Dancing With The Stars: All Stars premiere on Seven.

Celebrating the end of another incredible Olympic Winter Games, Seven’s Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi take us live to Beijing for the last time, to view the Beijing 2022 Closing Ceremony.

12.30pm* Four-Man Bobsleigh | Can the Jamaican Bobsled team have their own Cool Runnings story in the final heats of the Men’s Four Man Bobsleigh?

3.00pm* Men’s Ice Hockey | It’s the Men’s Gold Medal Ice Hockey Match between ROC (Russia) and Finland

5.30pm* Women’s Mass Start Free Cross Country Ski | Aussies Jessica Yeaton and Casey Wright are the final pair to wear the green and gold in competition at Beijing for the Women’s Mass Start Free Cross Country Ski

8.30pm (local time) | It’s the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition Special, hosted by Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi immediately following Dancing With The Stars before

10.00pm (local time) | The Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games hosted by Hamish McLachlan & Abbey Gelmi, with commentators Matt Shirvington, Jacqui Cooper and Alister Nicholson

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Daily Viewing Highlights: Day 15 / Feb 19

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More Aussie stars in action in Beijing today with Bobsled Bree Walker and teammate Kiara Reddingius back at it again in the Two-Woman Bobsleigh. Can they speed into medal contention?

In an epic 50km race to the finish line, Aussies Seve De Campo and Phillip Bellingham pull on the green and gold in the Men’s 50km Mass Start Cross Country event.

Australasian rising star Nico Porteous (NZL) chases gold in the Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Final.

You won’t want to miss the real life Cool Runnings story when the Jamaican Bobsled team begins their Olympic campaign in the Four-Man Bobsleigh.

12.30pm Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Final | New Zealand’s rising star Nico Porteous will be back in action chasing Gold in the Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Final

12.30pm Four Man Bobsleigh | The 2022 version of the Jamaican Bobsled team start their quest for Olympic glory in the Four Man Bobsleigh event this afternoon

5.00pm Men’s 50km Mass Start Cross Country | Seve De Campo and Phillip Bellingham represent Australia in the Men’s 50km Mass Start Cross Country event.

8.30pm The Summer Chill | Hosted by Andy Maher, Jacqui Cooper and Andrew Gaze, tonight’s show features guests and Valentino Guseli and Todd McKenney

10.00pm Women’s Free Skating Figure Skating | Tonight is medal night in the Pairs of the Women’s Free Skating Figure Skating

11.00pm Two-Woman Bobsleigh | Our own Bobsled Bree is back in action, teaming up with Kiara Reddingius in the final two runs of the Two-Women Bobsleigh

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Daily Viewing Highlights: Day 14 / Feb 18

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Already a star of these Games, Bobsled Bree Walker hits the ice-track again when she makes history in the Two-Woman Bobsleigh alongside Aussie teammate Kiara Reddingius.

Eileen Gu fever takes hold as the international superstar chases her third medal of the Games in the Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Final.

The Men’s Ice Hockey Semi Finals heat up when Finland take on Slovakia in the first Men’s Semi Final, before Russia (ROC) battle Sweden in the second Semi Final tonight.

The Front Bar’s Mick Molloy, silver medallist Jaclyn Narracott and Olympic curler Dean Hewitt join Andy Maher, Jacqui Cooper and Andrew Gaze for The Summer Chill.

12.30pm: Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Finals | Eileen Gu will be back in action chasing her third medal of the Games today in the Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Finals

2.45pm: Men’s Ski Cross Final | Olympic Gold is on the line today in the Men’s Ski Cross Final

3.10pm: Men’s Ice Hockey Semi Finals | The first of the two Men’s Semi Finals in the Ice Hockey featuring Finland and Slovakia

5.00pm Men’s Curling | The Men’s Curling is back in action with the Bronze Medal Game

7.30pm Men’s 1000m Speed Skating | The feature event of tonight’s Winter Games broadcast, the Men’s 1000m Speed Skating

8.30pm The Summer Chill | Hosted by Andy Maher, Jacqui Cooper and Andrew Gaze, tonight’s show features guests Jaclyn Narracott, Mick Molloy and Olympic Curler Dean Hewitt

9.30pm Women’s Figure Skating Pairs Short Program | Host nation pair Sui Wenjing and Han Cong are a big chance of gold if they can beat the current world champions in Anastasia Mishina and Maxim Galliamov

11.00pm Two-Women Bobsleigh | Our own Bobsled Bree is back in action, teaming up with Kiara Reddingius in the Two-Women Bobsleigh

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Daily Viewing Highlights: Day 13 / Feb 17

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In an incredible story of resilience, now three-time Olympian Sami Kennedy-Sim will represent the green and gold in the Women’s Freestyle Ski Cross. Less than a year after suffering a small stroke, Sami made her Olympic debut at Sochi, 2014. Can she bring home Australia’s fifth Beijing 2022 medal?

26-year-old Victorian, Greta Small will return to the Olympic stage when she competes in the Women’s Combined Downhill Alpine Ski.

International star Eileen Gu hits the snow for her third Beijing 2022 event – the Women’s Freeski Halfpipe. Can she make it three from three and secure another Olympic medal?

12.30pm: Women’s Freeski Halfpipe | Eileen Gu will be back in action in her third event

1.30pm: Women’s Combined Downhill Alpine Ski | Aussie Greta Small in the Women’s Combined Downhill Ski

2.30pm: Women’s Freestyle Ski Cross | Three-time Olympian Sami Kennedy-Sim headlines the Women’s Freestyle Ski Cross for Australia

3.00pm Women’s Ice Hockey | Canada take on the U.S.A in the Women’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal Game

7.30pm The best of Day 13 | The best of the day’s action including Sami Kennedy-Sim in the Women’s Ski Cross, the Women’s Freeski Halfpipe, the Women’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal Match and the Women’s Alpine Combined and Women’s Ski Cross events

9.10pm Women’s Figure Skating | 15 year old Kamila Valieva in the Women’s Singles Free Skating Figure Skating

11.05pm Men’s Curling Semi Finals | The curling action continues with the Men’s Curling Semi Finals

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Daily Viewing Highlights: Day 12 / Feb 16

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In another exciting day for Australia, our very own Louis Muhlen-Schulte goes head-to-head against Britain’s Dave Ryding in the Men’s Alpine Ski Giant Slalom.

Jess Yeaton and Casey Wright will hit the snow in the Women’s Team Sprint Classic Cross Country Ski, While Phillip Bellingham and Seve De Campo team up in the men’s event.

28 years after his bronze medal win in the Men’s 5000m Short Track Relay, Olympic legend Steven Bradbury will step into the commentary seat to call the same event at Beijing 2022.

12.30pm Men’s Freeski Slopestyle | The Finals kick off for the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle

1.15pm Men’s Alpine Ski Giant Slalom | Aussie Louis Muhlen-Schulte in the Men’s Alpine Ski Giant Slalom

6.15pm Team Sprint Classic Cross Country Ski | Australia have two teams in the Team Sprint Classic Cross Country today – Jess Yeaton and Casey Wright in the Women’s and Phillip Bellingham and Seve De Campo in the Men’s

7.30pm The best of Day 12 | The best of the day’s action from the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle, the Men’s Slalom and the afternoon’s Ice Hockey Quarter Finals

8.15pm Team Sprint Classic Cross Country Ski Finals | Will our Australians make history and qualify for the Team Sprint Classic Cross Country Ski Finals?

10.30pm Men’s 5000m Short Track Relay | 10.30pm: 28 years to the date after taking home a bronze medal in the Men’s 5000m Short Track Relay, Australian Olympic legend Steven Bradbury will commentate the same event

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Daily Viewing Highlights: Day 11 / Feb 15

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It’s all about our Aussie women on Day 11 as Bronze medallist Tess Coady goes for gold in the Women’s Snowboard Big Air Final after a solid run in Monday’s qualifiers.

And 23- year-old Kailani Craine hits the ice as she returns for her second Olympic Winter Games in the Women’s Single Short Figure Skating.

International superstar Eileen Gu takes to the slopes for the Women’s Freeski Slopestyle after already claiming a gold medal last week.

12.30pm Women’s Big Air Finals | Tess Coady goes for her second Beijing 2022 Olympic medal

12.30pm Women’s Freeski Slopestyle | International star Eileen Gu in the hunt for another Olympic medal

2.00pm Women’s Downhill Alpine Ski | Aussie Greta Small in the Women’s Downhill Alpine Ski

7.30pm The best of Day 11 | The best of the day’s action from the Men’s and Women’s Big Air Finals, Greta Small in the Women’s Downhill Skiing and Eileen Gu headlining the Freeski Slopestyle Finals

9.00pm Figure Skating Women’s Single Short Program | Australian’s own 23 year old Kailani Craine

10.00pm Men’s Freestyle Ski Aerials | The Men’s Freestyle Ski Aerials Finals

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