Prepare for a journey of emotion & connection. All new: Take Me Home

Following the overwhelming success of its debut season, Take Me Home returns for its second season this Friday at 7.30pm on Channel 9, 9Gem and 9Now.

Set amidst the rugged landscape of the Outback mining towns of the Pilbara, Take Me Home promises to deliver more touching stories of resilience, hope, and unconditional love as it follows the journeys of lost, forgotten, and unwanted animals finding their way from the backstreets to their new backyards.

Centred on the emotionally captivating world of everyday animal adoptions, Take Me Home shines a spotlight on WA foster care and adoption organisation SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia).

In the season premiere, viewers will meet Sue, Elichia and new recruit Marie, as together with the rangers and volunteer foster carers they work through the day and night to ensure every animal gets a second chance at being cared for and loved.

Take Me Home is full of heartwarming stories, touching moments, and unforgettable connections between pets and their new families. From the initial meet-and-greet to the tear-jerking adoption ceremonies, viewers will be captivated by the life-changing experiences that unfold as each episode showcases the joy and fulfillment that comes from giving these deserving pets a second chance at life.

Take Me Home is a local series made for the 9Network by Projucer, celebrating the wonderful connection between humans and their faithful companions.

ALL NEW: TAKE ME HOME
RETURNS FRIDAY, APRIL 12, AT 7.30PM ON CHANNEL 9, 9GEM & 9NOW
#TAKEMEHOME @CHANNEL9

For further information, please contact:
Bayley Howe, 9Network Publicity
P 08 616 859 31 M 0423 360 077
bayleyhowe@nine.com.au

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Australians have fallen head over heels for Married At First Sight season

The latest season of MAFS, which wrapped up on Monday night with an explosive reunion episode, saw a Total TV National Average Audience of precisely two million viewers per episode.

The blockbuster program recorded year-on-year growth across all screens:
– Up 4% year-on-year on Total TV
– Up 1.5% year-on-year on Broadcast TV
– Up 9.6% year-on-year on BVOD 

Over the course of the compelling season, 2.545 million viewers were reached exclusively on 9Now, providing incremental reach of 22% to Broadcast TV. Almost nearly one third of the key demographic of People 16-39 were reached exclusively through 9Now. 

In the crucial demographic of 25-54, the series recorded a Total TV National Average Audience of 1.003 million viewers per episode, representing year-on-year growth of 4.3%. On BVOD, the 25-54 audience was up 11% year-on-year.

Married at First Sight has helped push the 9Network to an overwhelmingly dominant position across the year-to-date, with the broadcaster taking out the  Top 10 programs on FTA for Total People and in all key demos. 

Hamish Turner, Director of 9Now and Programming, said: “Married at First Sight has once again proven it is the most powerful program on Australian television. With epic storytelling and some of the most riveting characters seen on screen, MAFS sets the blueprint for how a multi-platform program shows the true strength of Free-to-Air. The series has set us up for a huge Q2 that will take us from LEGO Masters through to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.” 

TOP 10 PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR-TO-DATE- AVERAGE AUDIENCE

For more information: 
Adrian Motte
Senior Communications Manager – Trade & Publishing
amotte@nine.com.au
0415 271 339

Source: TVMAP VOZ Analyser, VOZ Data 5.0 © OzTAM Pty Limited [2023], NATIONAL, Total People, 25-54, 16-39, GS18+, Nine Content, 29/01/2024 – 8/04/2024, Cumulative Reach, Married at First Sight, includes encores, Total TV, When Watched.
Source YoY: TVMAP VOZ Ranking Report, VOZ Data 5.0 © OzTAM Pty Limited [2023], NATIONAL, Total People, 25-54, 16-39, GS18+, Nine Content, 29/01/2024 – 8/04/2024 v 30/01/2023 – 3/04/2023, Average Audience, Married at First Sight, excludes encores, Total TV, Consolidated 7 as at 8/04/2024.
Source: TVMAP VOZ Ranking Report, VOZ Data 5.0 © OzTAM Pty Limited [2023], NATIONAL, Total People, 25-54, 16-39, GS18+, Nine Content, Seven Content, Ten Content, ABC Content, SBS Content, Foxtel Content, 1/01/2024 – 8/04/2024, Average Audience, Split by Program, Total TV, Consolidated 7 as at 8/04.
VOZ Data 5.0 © OzTAM Pty Limited [2023], NATIONAL, Total People, 25-54, 16-39, GS18+, Nine Content, 29/01/2024 – 8/04/2024, 
Cumulative Reach, Married at First Sight, includes encores, Total TV, When Watched

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Battle of Brisbane – Friday night on Nine

LIVE AND FREE ON CHANNEL 9HD AND STREAMING FREE ON 9NOW

The Battle of Brisbane between the Dolphins and Broncos is set to take over Round 6 of NRL on Nine, live and free on Channel 9HD and 9Now.

The Broncos will welcome back wonder kid Reece Walsh in a timely return from injury, as the Wayne Bennett-coached Dolphins aim for their first win over the Broncos.

NRL on Nine will be live on the ground at Suncorp Stadium for Friday Night Footy with host James Bracey, joined by Queensland legends Billy Slater, Fatty Vautin, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Darren Lockyer, along with Danika Mason providing sideline updates. 

Hang around for the post-game entertainment when the popular Footy Show segment Small Talk with the Big Marn returns, featuring special guest Reece Walsh visiting his junior rugby league club.

Thursday Night Football is live from Newcastle for the Knights v Roosters clash. Superstar fullback Kalyn Ponga will need to inspire his side against a steely Roosters lineup ravaged by injury and suspension. Knights great and Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns is in commentary exclusively for Nine’s Wide World of Sports.

The NRL Sunday Footy Show will dissect the round so far from 11.00am before the Tigers and Dragons aim to climb up the ladder on Sunday Arvo Footy from 3.00pm.

Nine’s game of the round: Dolphins v Broncos 

Speaking on the Billy Slater Podcast ahead the Battle of Brisbane, NRL on Nine expert commentator and Queensland Maroons coach, Billy Slater, said: “Despite the noise around the players that aren’t available, you have to remember the ones that are a very high quality. 

“For the Dolphins it’s great news that Tom Flegler may be fit to play against his old club for the first time. There’s enough quality for the Broncos on show with Kotoni Staggs, Selwyn Cobbo and Reece Walsh all able to break the game open at any stage.

“It’s going to be a beauty with the atmosphere at Suncorp and I’m excited to be there to call the action for Nine.” 

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 11

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY – KNIGHTS v ROOSTERS

Friday, April 12

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTY – BRONCOS v DOLPHINS

Sunday, April 14

WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS – on Channel 9 and 9Now. Roz Kelly, Mark Taylor and Gus Worland.

THE SUNDAY FOOTY SHOW from 11.00am with Billy Slater, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler and Danika Mason.

HOSTPLUS QLD CUP –  from 2.10pm. Western Clydesdales v Mackay Cutters, available on 9Now pop-up channel live and free.

SUNDAY ARVO FOOTY – WESTS TIGERS v ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Monday, April 15

100% Footy 
10.00pm on Channel 9HD in Sydney/Brisbane.

Phil Gould and Paul Gallen go head to head after the sixth round of the season with host James Bracey. All the latest scoops come from 9News reporter Michael Chammas.

NRL ROUND 6 ON THE 9NETWORK
FROM THURSDAY, APRIL 11, AT 7.30PM AEDT
LIVE AND FREE ON 9NOW AND CHANNEL 9HD

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Stream Australian Swimming Championships free on 9Now

The 2024 Australian Swimming Championships has exploded off the blocks on 9Now with 13 days of world class swimming live and free from today to April 20.

Nine’s streaming platform 9Now will show every heats and finals sessions, giving fans free access to every race across three separate classifications.

First up, aspiring Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032 Olympians and Paralympians will compete amongst 2500 swimmers aged 12-18 years old at the national age championships from April 6 to 14. 

Competing from Day 1 is Australia’s current and aspiring paralympians across four days in the Australian multi class championships, from April 6 to 9. 

Then Australia’s premier swimmers will take to the pool for the Australian Open Championships from April 17-20. 

Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Kaylee McKeown, Kyle Chalmers, Mollie O’Callaghan, Elijah Winnington, Sam Short and Zac Stubblety-Cook will all feature as they take the first step on the road to Paris 2024.

The Australian Open Championships will serve as the lead up event to the Olympic Swimming Trials from June 10, also available exclusive, live and free on the 9Network. 

Australian Age Championships
April 6-14

Australian Multi Class Championships
April 6-9

Australian Open Championships
April 17-20

AUSTRALIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
STREAM LIVE AND FREE ON 9NOW, APRIL 6-20

Monday, April 8, 2024

2024 Nine Telethon raises $6,791,588 for Mater Little Miracles

Nine Queensland Managing Director Kylie Blucher, Mater Mothers’ Director of Neonatology Dr Pita Birch, 9News Queensland’s Andrew Lofthouse, Melissa Downes and Aislin Kriukelis, Mater Foundation CEO Andrew Thomas and Mater Foundation Board Chair Virginia Ryan

This generous sum allows Mater, Australia’s busiest maternity care provider, to ensure Queensland’s sickest and tiniest babies will continue to have access to life-saving care as their families receive ongoing support. 

The 2024 Nine Telethon spotlighted the extraordinary work of Mater by sharing the real and resilient stories from its Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) and celebrating the life-saving and life-changing care provided by Mater’s devoted clinical teams.

In a heartwarming display of unity, people from all corners of the Sunshine State donated generously to aid their fellow Queenslanders and support Mater in being a leader in neonatal critical care and maternal foetal medicine.

The outpouring of support was magnified by notable contributions from the Federal Government ($2 million), the Queensland Government ($1.5 million), and inaugural presenting partners: The Lott by Golden CasketSuncorp and Plantation Homes. The Brisbane Broncos added to the donation tally by auctioning off captain Adam Reynolds’ and club veteran Corey Oates’ football boots, which echo the size of the seriously ill and premature babies tended to by Mater – more than 2,000 each year.

Managing Director of Nine Queensland and Nine Northern New South Wales, Kylie Blucher, said:

“Once again the Nine Telethon has worked its magic, leaving an indelible mark and transforming the lives of countless Queensland families. It’s truly heartwarming to witness our community uniting to support our own, and I am thrilled that Mater Little Miracles can continue to provide Queensland’s most vulnerable infants with the best possible start to life, thanks to these life-saving funds.

“My heartfelt gratitude extends to Nine Queensland’s dedicated production team and 9News Queensland and Nine talent, whose unwavering dedication has been instrumental in achieving this wonderful outcome for Mater Little Miracles.”

Mater Foundation CEO, Andrew Thomas, said:

“What an extraordinary evening! Thanks to the Nine Telethon, the incredible sum of $6,791,588 ensures that more medical miracles are now within reach. These funds are truly life-changing for sick and premature babies.”

“The generosity from the community allows us to purchase the latest technology and equipment and invest in world-class research to improve the survival rates and long term outcomes for our tiniest patients. We want babies to survive; however, we also want them to thrive and live a full life without any physical or intellectual disability.

“Each dollar raised not only brings hope to countless Queensland families but also lays a solid foundation for a brighter, healthier future. On behalf of our amazing clinicians and our brilliant researchers, I express our sincere gratitude to the Nine Telethon for standing with us on this journey to support Queensland families for years to come.”

The Nine Telethon, broadcast from Mater Mothers’ Hospital, featured Queensland’s longest-serving presenting duo, 9News Queensland’s Melissa Downes and Andrew Lofthouse, welcoming viewers into the NCCU ward with 9News Queensland’s Aislin Kriukelis, and into the Nine Telethon Call Centre with NRL on Nine’s Peter Psaltis and Sam Thaiday. There were also special appearances by Paralympic athletes Paige Greco and Torita Blake, former tennis player John Millman, Channel 9’s The King, Wally Lewis, and more.

Presenting Partners of the 2024 Nine Telethon included the Queensland Government, Suncorp, The Lott by Golden Casket, and Plantation Homes.

Donations to the 2024 Nine Telethon in support of Mater Little Miracles can still be made at www.9telethon.com.au or via the QR Code below.

For further information, please contact:
Claudine Blondeau
Communications Manager, Nine Queensland
07 3214 9732 / 0416 644 807
cblondeau@nine.com.au

Monday, April 8, 2024

A Global Showdown – LEGO® Masters Australia returns for sixth season

Logie-winning LEGO® Masters Australia is back for its sixth season with a world first global showdown. 

In a momentous Olympics year, it’s “Australia vs The World” at LEGO® Masters with four brand-new teams from Australian taking on four International LEGO® counterparts from Denmark, Germany, France and USA.  

Gold Logie winner Hamish Blake returns as host, alongside judge Ryan “Brickman” McNaught. Special guest Sophie Monk joins the dynamic duo for the most demanding challenges we have seen in a season so far.

The international teams have competed in their own local LEGO® Masters competition before, but now they’re up against four Australian teams who comprise the brightest and best new builders in the country, including a Lego store manager, a Lego art designer and an official Lego master builder.

The Aussies have an undeniable home-ground advantage and come with the added benefit of knowing exactly what’s required in a LEGO® Masters Australia competition.

This season there will be special guest appearances from Australian radio presenter and comedian Michael “Wippa” Wipfli and Jordy Hocking from Lego Masters Season 1. This year the challenges are more demanding than ever. They include LEGO® go kart racing, a spectacular window display challenge, fan favourite Is It Fake? with a parisian twist and celebrating 85 years of Batman. 

LEGO® Masters: Australia vs The World will host the ultimate showdown, with contestants reaching incredible new levels of creativity as the most skilled brick artisans on Earth delve into the endlessly expanding brick pit, striving to make their country proud.

With this year’s brick pit ready to go with more than 4 million bricks on offer, viewers can expect the most unbelievable builds in LEGO® TV history as teams build to their hearts’ content for the most prized trophy of all.

LEGO® Masters: Australia vs The World comes from producers Endemol Shine Australia (a Banijay Company). The series is adapted from an original UK format from Tuesday’s Child Productions and The  LEGO® Group. 

LEGO® MASTERS AUSTRALIA  – TEAMS 

Ben (24) & Eric (21)

These friends from Newcastle bonded over their love for bricks whilst working at the LEGO® store together. Spending 20 hours a week building, they have a particular interest in custom vignettes. They are ready to take their skills out of the LEGO® retail space and into the Masters arena.

Dianne (59) & Shane (38)

Mother and son Dianne and Shane are ready to showcase their unique building skills on the LEGO® Masters Australia stage. They are more than just family – these two are an inseparable team. With a connection forged through a shared love of creativity, competition and enchantment, this Disney princess and mathematics whizz spark joy not just in their builds, but in everything they do.

Charlie (19) & Haley (25)

Solo builders Charlie and Haley will be a force to be reckoned with when paired for the first time in this season’s battle of the best. Having achieved fabulous success in both their LEGO® accomplishments and personal careers, this young female duo are ready to front up against some of the toughest competition LEGO® Masters Australia has ever seen.

Sam (38) & Emilio (38)

This quirky Victorian duo are high-energy, ultra-competitive and ready to attack every challenge with gusto. Bricks play an important part in their relationship, with the loveable couple meeting years ago at a LEGO® themed adult scavenger hunt. With Sam specialising in digital LEGO®  artwork and Emilio having a keen eye for aesthetics and colour coordination, this is a duo to watch out for.

Krystle (36) & Michelle (44)

LEGO® building superstars Krystle and Michelle represent America in this season’s intercontinental competition. Both hailing from Texas, the pair are teaming up for the first time. Krystle competed in Season One of LEGO® Masters USA and Michelle appeared in Season Two and won the 2023 Celebrity LEGO® Masters Holiday Bricktacular Special.

Felix (21) & Annalena (27) 

Representing Germany, these fitness fanatics and winners of LEGO® Masters Germany Season One are ready to put on a show for Australia. Unsurprisingly, they met 10 years ago at a track and field training day. With both thriving in their personal lives and LEGO®  approaches, they are ready to take their building capabilities to the next level on LEGO® Masters Australia.

Camille (34) & Caroline (22)

To celebrate the Olympic games in France, semi-finalists in Season 3 of LEGO® Masters France, siblings Camille and Caroline are back for another crack at LEGO® glory – on the other side of the world. After placing third in 2022, they are hoping that with an extra year of building under their belts, 2024 might see them inching higher up the brick totem pole and into the winning position.

Peter (41) & Ida (33) 

Hailing from the original home of LEGO®, Danish team Peter and Ida have one strategy when it comes to tackling the Australian competition: have fun. Quirky, bright, playful friends, the duo were runners up on Season 2 of LEGO® Masters Denmark. Arriving in Australia for the first time, Ida and Peter are excited to have another opportunity at taking out the LEGO® Masters title.

For further information please contact: 
Nine Publicity 
Alexandra Reed 
alexandra.reed@nine.com.au
0402 355 444

Friday, April 5, 2024

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age unveil new campaign

Launching across Sydney and Melbourne this past week, the campaign entitled “All Yours” features flagship content for the mastheads, including a focus on sport, puzzles, Good Food and Traveller, alongside some familiar faces in investigative reporters Kate McClymont and Nick McKenzie, as well as celebrity chef Adam Liaw.

The campaign is a response to research which showed audiences are looking for more than core news from their subscriptions, and increasingly want to be engaged with content that reflects their passions or helps them learn and discover new things.  

Tory Maguire, Managing Director – Publishing, said: “While our mastheads continue to be the destination of choice for trusted, quality journalism and investigations, ‘All Yours’ celebrates the wider range of engaging content that readers are seeking out, and encourages them to discover more with us.

“Our journalists are driven to deliver the best, extending beyond traditional news — to the way we live-blog the Taylor Swift tour or provide access to the country’s best recipes and reviews with Good Food, we’re passionate about enriching the news experience.” 

The campaign was developed in collaboration with Publicis Worldwide Australia and Taxi Film productions, and creatively seeks to replicate the immersive and endless content experiences available to explore with the Herald and The Age through readers’ devices. 

Brought to life through the work of director Tristan Houghton, a proud Yindjibarndi man from the Pilbara region of WA, the films reflect the respective markets as the protagonist, actor Joshua Sasse, dives from content to content within the Herald/Age app.

Vera Straubinger, Head of Brand and Acquisition for Publishing, said:

“We recognise that our readers want to immerse themselves in content they enjoy anywhere, anytime. We’re excited to bring this to life creatively, showcasing the engaging experience readers can expect as we continue to invest in new ways to bring quality journalism and exciting content to our audiences.”

Over the coming eight weeks, “All Yours” can be seen across broadcast TV and BVOD, cinema, OOH, transit, retail, print and social, as well as Spotify, LiSTNR and our own Nine podcasts. 

Watch The Sydney Morning Herald campaign HERE
Watch The Age campaign HERE
High res images HERE

CREATIVE CREDITS – NINE ENTERTAINMENT “All Yours

Nine Entertainment
Director Subscriptions & Growth: Kristen Turner
Head of Brand & Acquisition: Vera Straubinger
Marketing Lead Brand & Acquisition – Metros: Kymberley Joseph
Marketing Manager Brand & Acquisition – Metros: Leah McNeill


Agency: Publicis Brisbane
Managing Director: Simone Waugh
Executive Creative Director: Ryan Petie
Group Creative Director: (Copy): Jim McKeown
Creative Director: (Art) David Schaak
Executive Production Director: Vicki Lee 
General Manager/Chief Client Partner: Jude Johannesen
Senior Account Director: Mary Graham
Account Executive: Matisse Sipa Borgeaud
Strategy Director: Simon Murphy
Strategy Director: Swati Shivshankar


Production Company: Taxi Films
Executive Producer: Andrew Wareham
Director: Tristan Houghton 
Producer: Simone Mackie
DOP: Mark Desiatov
Art Director: Laura Elkington
Robot Operator: Brendan Isaac

Stills Photography: Compadre Pictures
Photographer: Jason Starr
Producer: Katherine Cooke
Retouching: Justin Overall
Post Production:
Editor: Tim Eddy
Grade: Kali Bateman
Online/VFX: Barnaby Bretton / Mesh FX
Sound: Ross Batten / Rosco Audio

Original Music Composition: Jarsonic
Raf Mikolajczyk

For more information:
Adrian Motte
Senior Communications Manager – Trade & Publishing
amotte@nine.com.au
0415 271 339

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Paramedics Returns with thrills, chills and heroic saves

Get ready for more heart-pounding action when Paramedics, the gripping series showcasing Australia’s dedicated ambulance crews in action on people’s toughest days, returns for an exhilarating new season, Monday, April 15, at 8.45pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.

This season of Paramedics will again give viewers exclusive and unprecedented access to our frontline emergency service personnel as they render assistance to those in their time of need. 

New ambulance crews face fresh challenges, heart-stopping drama, and encounter patients whose resilience and will to survive is inspirational. Each gripping episode unfolds the reality of life-and-death emergencies through the eyes of the dedicated paramedics.

In the season premiere, we follow Hannah’s momentous debut as a mobile Intensive Care Paramedic, as she deals with a woman who stopped breathing after collapsing and has no heartbeat. Meanwhile, Sally and Olivia, both mothers, grapple with concerns over a small boy who may have sustained a head injury after a fall at grandma’s place. 

Watch as single-responder Dan skilfully extracts a P-plate driver after crashing his car, and go along with Aaron and Laura who come to the aid of a young footballer who has taken a blow to the face during a game, just ahead of the school dance.

Buckle up for another season of life-saving rescues filled with courage, compassion, and the extraordinary efforts of Australia’s frontline heroes in Paramedics, which will once again be narrated by acclaimed actor and philanthropist Samuel Johnson OAM.

Paramedics is a WTFN production for the 9Network.

PARAMEDICS RETURNS MONDAY, APRIL 15, AT 8.45PM AEST 
ON CHANNEL 9 & 9NOW

For further information: 
9Network Publicity
Alex Dyer
alex.dyer@nine.com.au

Thursday, April 4, 2024

The Masters on the 9Network

FROM THURSDAY, APRIL 11 

EVERY ROUND LIVE AND FREE ON 9GEMHD 
STREAM LIVE PLAY FOR FREE ON 9NOW

CAM SMITH, TIGER WOODS, ADAM SCOTT 
IN THE BIGGEST GOLF TOURNAMENT IN THE WORLD 

 
Former Masters champion Adam Scott will lead Australia’s contingent alongside Cameron Smith, Jason Day, 2023 Australian PGA champion Min Woo Lee, Cameron Davis and young amateur Jasper Stubbs.
 
They will be up against a red-hot field that features Tiger Woods, world No.1 Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickleson, defending Masters champion Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson, the Masters victor in 2020.  

Coverage begins with the annual Par 3 contest on Thursday, April 11, before the first round of The Masters gets underway on Friday, April 12.
 
9Now will feature additional content to stream with Feature Groups, Amen Corner and the 15th and 16th holes all available.
 
Nine’s Director of Sport, Brent Williams, said: “Year after year, The Masters delivers some of global sports’ most spine-tingling moments and unforgettable memories. The best players in the world, including a strong Australian contingent, will converge on the iconic Augusta course for the ultimate in unscripted sporting drama. 

“Nine will again deliver it live and free, with coverage of every day of play, plus additional streams available on 9Now.”

Cam Smith (left) and Adam Scott lead the Aussie attack on The Masters,
free on the 9Network

THE MASTERS – LIVE from Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia, USA.
 
Par 3 Contest Thursday, April 11:  5.00am to 7.00am LIVE on 9Gem and 9Now


Friday, April 12              5.00am-9.30am LIVE on 9Gem and 9Now
Saturday, April 13         5.00am-9.30am LIVE on 9Gem and 9Now
Sunday, April 14            5.00am-9.00am LIVE on 9Gem and 9Now
Monday, April 15           4.00am to end of play LIVE on 9Gem and 9Now

 
Note – Live coverage will continue until the end of play

Live and on-demand streaming for Channel 9’s Masters coverage available on 9Now.

THE MASTERS
STREAM FOR FREE ON 9NOW
LIVE AND FREE ON 9GEMHD FROM APRIL 11

For further information, please contact:
Claudine Blondeau
Communications Manager, Nine Queensland
cblondeau@nine.com.au
07 3214 9732 / 0416 644 807

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Experience the glory and heartache of Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic legends on the road to Paris podcast

The chance at glory only comes once every four years, and this July the greatest athletes on the planet will descend upon Paris for the Olympic Games and Paralympics in their own pursuit of athletic immortality. 

What moments will captivate, excite and unite us? Who will bring home the gold? And what can our Aussie athletes learn from the icons that have come before them? Introducing The Road To Paris – an exclusive podcast series from 9Podcasts and Wide World of Sports that celebrates the achievements of Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic legends.

Hosted by Wide World of Sports Olympic Swimming Commentator, Mathew Thompson, the 16-part podcast series lets listeners be a fly-on-the-wall to candid conversations with some of our greatest Olympians and Paralympians including Anna Meares, Kieran Perkins, Ellie Cole, Curtis McGrath, Andrew Gaze, and Ariarne Titmus as they discuss their own trials and triumphs, glory and heartache – all in the pursuit of Olympic excellence.

The first episode of The Road To Paris is available now, and features four-time Olympian cyclist, and Chef de Mission of the 2024 Australian Olympic Team, Anna Meares OAM, as she reflects on her extraordinary career.

Listen as Anna reveals her childhood Olympic aspirations as the daughter of a Queensland coal miner; how she shattered a world record at the age of just 20, and her remarkable, against-the-odds comeback from a devastating neck injury – incredibly just two millimetres short of a clean break. 

The episode also reflects on Anna’s thrilling rivalry with Victoria Pendleton; how she handled pre-race anxieties, and revisits her inspiring leadership at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. Now, as Australia’s Chef de Mission, Meares offers her unique perspective on Paris 2024. 

Nine’s Head of Podcasts, Mia Stern said:

“As the excitement builds in the lead up to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Road to Paris takes listeners on a journey of determination, triumph and the relentless pursuit of greatness. Through Mat’s incredible interviews and emotional archival audio of previous Games, every episode will bring us closer to the spirit of the Games and the heart of human achievement.”

The first episode of The Road to Paris is live now, with new episodes dropping weekly on 9Now and wherever you get your podcasts. 

The Road to Paris is brought to you by Woolworths, Toyota and NRMA Insurance. Produced by 9Podcasts in partnership with the Wide World of Sports for the 9Network Australia, your home of the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Media contact
Caitlin Lynch
Senior Communications Manager, Nine
0432 047 721
clynch@nine.com.au 

Thursday, April 4, 2024