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Bowling Shane

By 7SPORT, SPORT

New documentary Warnie celebrates the life of a cricketing great

Celebrate the incredible life of cricket’s King of Spin, Shane Warne, when Warnie premieres 7.30pm Wednesday, 23 March on Channel 7 and 7plus.

The hour-long special showcases the highs and lows of Australia’s most famous cricketer, who built an extraordinary career both on and off the pitch, and whose untimely death at the age of 52 stunned the world earlier this month.

Don’t miss Shane’s teammates, friends and fans sharing their favourite stories and detailing the never say die attitude that changed the game of cricket forever.

Must-see interviews include:

  • Glenn McGrath, former teammate
  • Matthew Hayden, former cricketer
  • Justin Langer, former cricketer and Australian Coach
  • Merv Hughes, former cricketer
  • Matt Comyn, Commonwealth Bank CEO
  • Tracy Bevan, McGrath Foundation Director
  • Mel McLaughlin, 7NEWS sports anchor
  • Magda Szubanski, Comedian and television personality
  • Danni Minogue, Singer and television personality

Warnie premieres 7.30pm next Wednesday on Channel 7 and 7plus

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Grand Final rematch headlines historic AFL opening round on Seven

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Six live and free games over four days

Fans will witness an incredible feast of AFL and AFLW action on the Seven Network this week, when Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs kick-start an epic opening round of the 2022 AFL Premiership Season, tonight from 7.00pm on Seven.

In an unmissable event, football’s #1 commentary team will take fans live to the MCG to witness Melbourne’s highly anticipated flag unfurl ceremony – their first in 54 years. Then, Max Gawn’s Demons come face-to-face with Marcus Bontempelli’s Bulldogs for the first time since their emphatic Grand Final victory in 2021.

The AFL action will kick-off early on Seven, with 7NEWS’ Rebecca Maddern reading today’s news live from the MCG boundary line from 4.00pm AEDT. Then, Peter Mitchell joins the team at the MCG to host the 6.00pm Melbourne news bulletin ahead of the Wednesday Night Football Pre-Game Show at 6.30pm AEDT.

In exciting news for fans, The Front Bar returns to normal programming straight after tonight’s opening match. Andy, Mick and Sam will assume their usual positions at the bar, where they will cross live to the Melbourne and Western Bulldogs’ rooms at the MCG to celebrate with the winning team.

The Demons-Bulldogs clash is one of six unmissable live and free matches this week on Seven and 7plus. The others are:

  • Carlton v Richmond, MCG – 7.00pm AEDT Thursday
  • St Kilda v Collingwood, Marvel Stadium – 7.00pm AEDT Friday
  • AFLW Qualifying Final One – North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos v Fremantle, Arden Street Oval – 2.00pm AEDT Saturday
  • AFLW Qualifying Final Two – Brisbane Lions v Collingwood, The Gabba – 4.00pm AEDT Saturday
  • Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide, The Gabba – 7.00pm AEDT Saturday

2022 AFL Premiership Season is Live and free on Seven from Wednesday 16 March – Your Home of Footy

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Star athletes set to shine on 7plus

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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.

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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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Footy’s best team lines up for a huge 2022

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Fan favourites bolster AFL coverage on Seven, Your Home of Footy

Football’s #1 commentary team is locked and loaded, ready to bring fans an epic 2022 AFL season in what looks to be an incredibly tight race to September. With some fresh and familiar faces delivering all the action live and free, there’s no other place footy fans will want to be than the Seven Network, Your Home of Footy.

In a massive bonus for fans, four-time premiership hero and Hawthorn and Port Adelaide legend Shaun Burgoyne will join the Seven team in his first-ever commentary role.

Fresh off the back of his 407-game AFL career, the man affectionately known as “Silk” will join Seven’s coverage of the Round One Grand Final re-match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs at the MCG. Across the season, Burgoyne will be part of the commentary team for Adelaide-based matches and marquee games.

After making guest appearances during the 2021 season, Brisbane Lions premiership star Chris Johnson will also join the Seven team in 2022 to provide expert commentary and analysis on the game he played at the elite level for 13 years.

In addition to the team’s new recruits, Seven welcomes back football’s star-studded line-up in 2022, including the game’s best group of callers – Brian Taylor, James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan, Jason Bennett and Luke Darcy.

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

For Australia’s favourite footy expert, Daisy Pearce, there’s no shortage of possibility on the eve of the 2022 AFL season.

Melbourne’s drought-breaking Premiership was 57 years in the making. Can they continue to improve as ‘The Hunted’ and do what only three teams have been able to do in the past two-and-a-bit decades and go back-to-back?

Who is Hawthorn in this new Sam Mitchell dawn? His coaching journey – taking the reins from one of the greatest coaches of all time – will be fascinating to watch. Last year we saw Ben Rutten lead a freshened, exciting Essendon list to a final, and it took an eventual grand finalist to end their season. Will another year of development see them become a genuine threat?

Seeing fans flock back to the footy all over the country will be extra special this year and will add to the magic of what will be an incredible season.

Daisy Pearce

The sport we love in this town hasn’t been as we’ve wanted it during the past few years. Nothing has.

To think about it coming back to life – with the stadia full and the roars loud – is just so bloody exciting. I can’t wait to walk into the MCG and see the colour and hear the noise of our game. How lucky we are to be involved!

Hamish McLachlan

2022 AFL Premiership Season is Live and free on Seven from Wednesday 16 March – Your Home of Footy

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Autumn Racing takes centre stage

By 7RACING, 7SPORT, SPORT

Group 1 stars set to shine on Seven and 7plus

Some of Australian racing’s most coveted prizes go on the line over the coming weeks as the Autumn Racing Carnival heats up on the Seven Network, including the $5 million All-Star Mile at Flemington and the 66th running of the $5 million Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.

The Autumn Racing Carnival kicks up a gear tomorrow with a huge day of thoroughbred racing from Randwick Guineas Day and Australian Guineas Day at Flemington, including three Group 1 races live and free from 12pm AEDT on Seven and 7plus.

Over the next 11 Saturdays, fans will enjoy the very best racing from the Sydney and Melbourne Autumn Carnivals live and free on Seven and 7plus, with the highlights including:  

  • Flemington Super Saturday on 12 March, featuring the coveted Group 1 $1.5 million Australian Cup (2000m) and Newmarket Handicap (1200m) 
  • The 66th running of the $5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), the world’s richest race for two-year-olds and one of five Group 1 races at Rosehill Gardens on 19 March
  • The $5 million All-Star Mile, the world’s richest 1600m race, at Flemington on 19 March
  • The Championships, which features eight Group 1 races across two action-packed Saturdays at Randwick on 2 and 9 April

Seven’s own pre-eminent sports broadcaster, Bruce McAvaney said this year’s Autumn Carnival could provide us with more history-making highlights:

Autumn racing has provided so many incredible highlights in recent years – who can forget Winx’s spectacular 2019 retirement? This year all eyes will be on Verry Elleegant. If everything goes right for her, expectations are she’ll run in Europe at the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The Championships have provided the spice to the autumn that we’ve historically experienced in spring racing here in Australia. The $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes will decide our horse of the year, and there are a number of key contenders seeking the crown.

For the first time on the same day, we have the world’s richest two-year-old race, and the Golden Slipper and All-Star Mile are both now worth $5 million. It’s going to be spine tingling.

Bruce McAvaney

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

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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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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

Olympic Winter Games live and free on Seven and 7plus
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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

Seven Network #1

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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Super Bowl soars on Seven and 7plus

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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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