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Seven and 7plus rides the wave

By 7SPORT, SPORT

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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First Test a smash hit on Seven

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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

By 7SPORT, SPORT

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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Test summer off to a dream start on Seven

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Day one of First Test reaches 2.87 million

The highly-anticipated battle for the Ashes exploded into life at the Gabba yesterday, with the Seven Network’s live and free coverage reaching 2.87 million people and peaking at 1.74 million.

On an historic opening day when aggressive spells led by Aussie quicks Patrick Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood reduced England to their lowest Test score (147) on day one of an Ashes series for 63 years, the second session delivered 686,000 viewers nationally and 459,000 in the capital cities.

The first session had 586,000 viewers nationally and 386,000 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 75% of the Ashes broadcast audience on Wednesday across the capital cities, with Channel 7 up 98% year-on-year in total people during day time.

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Bathurst 1000 roars to 1.28 million viewers

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Reaches 4.1 million, audience jumps on 2020

The Seven Network’s coverage of the Repco Bathurst 1000 from Mount Panorama was a hit with television audiences yesterday, as over 4.1 million viewers tuned into the turbo-charged action on Channel 7 and 7mate.

Seven’s live and free coverage of the high-octane race averaged 1.28 million total viewers nationally, as Chaz Mostert and Lee Holdsworth became the new Kings of the Mountain in their first drive together. It was the 35th win at Bathurst for Holden and the first for Walkinshaw Andretti United in its current guise.

The unforgettable action reached new heights in 2021, with the Race average broadcast audience up 11.2% across the capital cities on Network 10’s coverage in 2020, and the Podium up 24.1% on last year.

More than three-quarters of the people who watched the race on television watched it on Seven, while more than 18.6 million minutes were streamed on 7plus, which grabbed a 64% share of live streaming yesterday.

Supercars Championship: Bathurst 1000 Podium:

  • 1.37 million viewers (linear and BVOD) nationally
  • 816,000 capital city viewers
  • #1 across its timeslot in total people and 25 to 54s
  • Linear viewing up 24.1% in total people on 2020, up 10.2% in 25 to 54s
  • Reached 1.83 million viewers nationally, 1.13 million across the capital cities

Supercars Championship: Bathurst 1000 Day 3 Race:

  • 1.28 million viewers (linear and BVOD) nationally
  • 747,000 capital city viewers
  • #1 across its timeslot in total people and 25 to 54s
  • 65% commercial audience share in total people
  • 77% commercial audience share in men 25 to 54
  • Linear viewing up 11.2% in total people on 2020
  • Reached 3.49 million viewers nationally, 2.22 million across the capital cities
  • Seven delivered 76% of the total Race audience on Sunday

7plus:

  • 7plus streamed 18.6 million minutes of Supercars on Sunday
  • 7plus had a dominant 64% commercial share in live streaming on Sunday and 51% in BVOD

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Australian sport’s biggest night on Seven

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Sport Australia Hall of Fame 2021, 9.30pm tonight

A select group of our nation’s biggest sporting heroes will be honoured on the Seven Network in a special television event tomorrow night, when Australian sport’s most exclusive club, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, welcomes a star-studded list of 2021 inductees and Legends before announcing this year’s most coveted sport awards.

Heroes and Legends – A Celebration of the 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame will screen nationally at 9.30pm tonight, Thursday 2 December, on Channel 7 and 7plus, directly after The Front Bar Ashes Edition.

Featuring Australia’s premier sport broadcaster and SAHOF member Bruce McAvaney, and hosted by fan favourites Hamish McLachlan and Abbey Gelmi, Seven’s 90-minute special broadcast includes in-depth interviews with some of Australian sport’s biggest names.

The icons include the two men elevated to Legend status in 2021, legendary fast bowler Dennis Lillee and swimming great Ian Thorpe, along with this year’s Hall of Fame inductees Anna Meares, Jana Pittman, Mark Viduka, Libby Kosmala, Jamie Dwyer, Karen Rolton, Steve Moneghetti and Tom Hoad.

The winners of two of Australian sport’s most prestigious honours, The Don Award and The Dawn Award, will be also be announced exclusively on Seven tomorrow night.

The Don Award will celebrate the most inspiring sporting performance of 2021, with past winners including all-time greats Cathy Freeman, Cadel Evans, Ash Barty, Kurt Fearnley, Michelle Payne, Jeff Horne and last year’s recipient, the Australian women’s T20 World Cup team.

The inaugural Dawn Award, named in honour of SAHOF Legend Dawn Fraser, will honour the past or present Australian sportsperson who has achieved against the odds and challenged the status quo.

The News Corp Magic Moment, the most significant Australian sporting moment of the past 60 years as voted by the public, will also be revealed tomorrow night on Seven.

This Thursday will be a truly special night on Seven as we see this year’s class of superstars inducted into our nation’s most exclusive sporting club, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

This special television event will include inspiring, in-depth interviews with each of this year’s inductees and Legends, where they detail their individual journeys to sporting greatness. Seven is also the only place to discover which of our national icons in 2021 take home two of Australian sport’s highest honours, the Don Award and the Dawn Award.

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

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Seven’s massive week of sport

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Bathurst 1000 from 10.30am Friday, BBL starts Sunday, The Ashes start Wednesday

Australia, start your engines, because one of the best-ever weeks of live and free sport awaits on the Seven Network, starting this Friday when our nation’s greatest motorsport event, the Repco Bathurst 1000, roars into action.

The Bathurst 1000 is the jewel in the crown of the world’s premier touring car championship, Supercars, and Seven will bring fans three full days of high-octane action from Mount Panorama.

Seven’s live and free coverage starts at 10.30am AEDT Friday on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus, and will feature the first twilight finish in Bathurst 1000 history, with the iconic 161-lap race set to come to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday evening. Seven’s broadcast of the all-important final day at Mount Panorama starts at 8.30am AEDT Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus.

The Bathurst 1000 is just the start of Sunday’s unmissable sporting action on Seven. Not long after the chequered flag has come down at Mount Panorama, an epic new season of Big Bash League will kick off, when the competition’s reigning champions, Sydney Sixers, take on bitter rivals Melbourne Stars at 7.30pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

Three days later, Test cricket’s most revered contest, the Ashes, begins when the game’s oldest rivals, Australia and England, renew hostilities on day one of the much-anticipated First Test at the Gabba. Seven’s coverage begins at 10.00am AEDT next Wednesday, 8 December, on Channel 7 and 7mate.

The Repco Supercars Championship has been building all year to this week at Australian motorsport’s spiritual home, Mount Panorama, where recently crowned 2021 champion Shane van Gisbergen will look to cap a brilliant season with a second consecutive Bathurst 1000 victory alongside co-driver Garth Tander.

This Sunday, for the very first time on a free-to-air broadcast of the Bathurst 1000, fans in the capital cities won’t miss a second of the great race as Seven’s coverage continues uninterrupted during commercial breaks via cutting-edge picture-in-picture (PiP) technology.

Seven’s Bathurst coverage will be led by a star-studded commentary team featuring two of Australia’s premier sport broadcasters, Mark Beretta and Abbey Gelmi, along with rising star Jack Perkins, who will provide expert comments in between competing in the Bathurst 1000 alongside co-driver Will Brown.

Highly respected motorsport journalist Chris Stubbs will have all the latest from Pit Lane, while fan favourites Brad Hodge and Emma Freedman will bring viewers all the colour, excitement and atmosphere from Mount Panorama.

Motorsport icons Neil Crompton and Mark Skaife will also be part of the telecast, while the ever-popular Mark Larkham will report from Pit Lane.

It’s already been a massive year of sport on Seven, but this week should be the biggest yet.

The Bathurst 1000 is without question the pinnacle of Australian motorsport and Seven will bring fans all the very best action from Mount Panorama across three full days of adrenaline-charged live and free racing, starting from this Friday.

When Supercars’ thrilling 2021 season finishes on Sunday evening, the Summer of Cricket takes over straight away. An electrifying new season of BBL kicks off on Sunday night with a blockbuster Sixers v. Stars clash, then Test cricket’s ultimate contest, the Ashes, gets underway next Wednesday at the Gabba. Strap yourself in now because this is just the start of the hottest summer ever on Seven.

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

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Seven’s invincible all-star cricket team

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The Ashes and BBL live and free on Your Home of Cricket

In keeping with a 2021-22 Summer of Cricket that promises to be the greatest ever, the Seven Network has unveiled the most star-studded commentary team ever assembled, a line-up brimming with internationally acclaimed icons, on and off the field.

With Test cricket’s greatest rivalry, Australia v. England, set to take centre stage this summer, two of the most celebrated figures in Ashes’ history – legendary England all-rounder Lord Ian Botham and Australia’s all-time leading Test run-scorer, Ricky Ponting – will lead the live and free coverage on Seven.

Lord Botham is not the only globally renowned Englishman joining Seven this season. Also adding a distinctively British flavour to the coverage will be much-loved actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry, 2019 Ashes fast-bowling hero Jofra Archer, ex-Test player and leading commentator David “Bumble” Lloyd, and charismatic former star off-spinner Graeme Swann.

Across an action-packed summer when an electrifying new Big Bash League season will also have fans on the edge of their seats, these big names are just the start of Seven’s formidable on-air line-up.

A who’s who of former on-field stars and fan favourites will also return to cricket’s #1 team in 2021-22, including Damien Fleming, Simon Katich, Mel McLaughlin, James Brayshaw, Lisa Sthalekar, Greg Blewett, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Trent Copeland, Tim Lane, Alison Mitchell, Callum Ferguson, Abbey Gelmi, Jason Richardson, Andy Maher, Alister Nicholson and Erin Holland. 

They will be joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year Simon Taufel, while current Big Bash stars Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch, Andre Russell and Ashton Agar will be regulars on Seven’s live and free BBL coverage.

With a Test rivalry dating back to 1877, cricket’s oldest foes, Australia and England, have produced some of sport’s most memorable moments in their eternal battle for the treasured Ashes urn.

This summer, fans can look forward to more unforgettable Ashes action as the Aussies square off with England over a full five-match Test series, live and free on Seven.

From the opening day of the first Test at the Gabba on 8 December, Lord Botham will be part of cricket’s premier commentary team for all five Ashes Tests, as will the game’s most astute commentator, Ponting.

Three days before the Test series begins, a new season of the Big Bash League kicks off on Seven – and it promises to be the best yet.

BBL 11 will start with a bang next Sunday, 5 December, on a blockbuster day of live and free sport that also includes the Repco Bathurst 1000. Soon after Seven’s coverage of Australian motorsport’s biggest race winds up, reigning BBL champions Sydney Sixers will take on their fiercest rivals, Melbourne Stars, at the SCG from 7.30pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7mate.

This epic season-opener launches six straight nights of BBL on Seven, each one featuring a prime-time blockbuster.

Across the 2021-22 summer, fans will again enjoy 45 games live and free on Seven, including all five finals.

On 18 days of the season, live and free BBL matches will follow stumps in the Ashes series, including five mega days featuring back-to-back Big Bash clashes on top of a full day’s play in the Australia v. England Test showdown.

The regular season BBL fixture concludes at the earlier date of 19 January, with the finals series beginning on Friday, 21 January, with the BBL 11 champions crowned in the all-important Final on Friday, 28 January.

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Supercars’ final tune-up before Bathurst 1000

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Sydney SuperNight live and free this Saturday and Sunday

The world’s greatest touring car championship, Supercars, blasts back into prime time on the Seven Network this weekend, when the stakes will be sky high at the season’s penultimate event, Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight.

Shane van Gisbergen will be out to clinch the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, which would cap an extraordinary year for the flying Kiwi when not even a broken collarbone and fractured ribs could slow him down.

This weekend’s two 250km Supercars races are also shaping up as crucial final tune-ups for drivers and their teams as they prepare to tackle Australian motorsport’s ultimate event, the Repo Bathurst 1000, live and free on Seven and 7plus from 3 December to 5 December.

The round’s opening Supercars race roars into action at 7.00pm AEDT this Saturday on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus, when fans can look forward to two-and-a-half hours of elite motorsport action in prime time.

Saturday night is just part of a huge weekend of motorsport on Seven, with the live and free coverage from Sydney Motorsport Park kicking off at 4.30pm AEDT on Saturday on 7mate and 7plus, before continuing on Sunday from 12.30pm AEDT on Channel 7 and 7plus.

In addition to Saturday’s and Sunday’s Supercars races, the high-octane action on Seven will also include Supercars Top 10 Shootouts and support categories.

Fans will once again be able to watch both Supercars races uninterrupted during commercial breaks via cutting-edge picture-in-picture (PiP) technology.

Leading sports broadcaster Mark Beretta and rising star Jack Perkins will again lead Seven’s broadcast from Sydney Motorsport Park, while Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor returns to Pit Lane reporting this weekend, following a highly successful year racing overseas that sees her leading the Extreme E Championship for Nico Rosberg’s team, RXR.

Motorsport icons Neil Crompton, Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander will also be part of the telecast.

It’s set to be a huge weekend of Supercars on Seven as we reach crunch time in the 2021 Championship.

Fans will again see the world’s best touring car drivers do battle under the bright lights of prime time, while this year’s Champion could be crowned by the end of the weekend.

After three weeks of sprint racing, teams will also be desperate to finetune their pit strategies and gain some momentum ahead of their date with destiny at Mount Panorama in two weeks’ time. The countdown to Australian motorsport’s most iconic race, the Repco Bathurst 1000, is well and truly on.

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

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Seven wins big at Golden Rings Awards

By 7SPORT, Olympics, Seven West Media, SPORT

Tokyo 2020 coverage collects three IOC honours

The Seven Network’s ground-breaking coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has shone bright among a field of more than 150 international broadcasters, winning three awards at the International Olympic Committee’s coveted Golden Rings Awards in Lausanne this morning.

The Golden Rings are the most prestigious awards in Olympic broadcasting and Seven was a big winner on one of international sport’s biggest stages, with its three awards topped only by America’s NBC.

With more than 100 submissions received in each of the 12 Golden Rings categories, Seven won the Gold award for Best Social Media Content/Production for its From Little Things, Big Things Grow #HomeGames campaign. The campaign received thousands of phone-filmed videos from viewers watching the Games at home, making it the highest user-generated content campaign ever for 7SPORT.

Seven also won Silver in the Best Athlete Profile category for its inspiring feature on brother and sister BMX riders Kai and Saya Sakakibara, who were both on track to compete in Tokyo 2020 before Kai suffered a serious race accident.

Seven took home Bronze for Best Olympic Feature/Documentary for its split-screen coverage of Jess Fox’s Gold Medal canoe slalom race, which simultaneously captured the emotion of Jess and her father Richard, as he commentated the race for Seven.

All of the athletes in Tokyo had a story to tell and we made sure those stories were told extremely well. We called on the resources of the entire Seven Network over the 17 days of Tokyo 2020 to deliver a world-class, award-winning broadcast and digital experience. Everyone at Seven played a part in these awards and should take pride in what is a huge achievement.

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

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