NRL on Nine: Round 4


The long weekend brings a bonus fourth NRL game in Round 4 on Nine this week, with fans in for an Easter treat.

Tonight on Hisense Thursday Night Footy, the Sea Eagles take on the Panthers at Lottoland in a David versus Goliath battle. Superstar halfback Nathan Cleary returns for the Panthers, with the versatile Matt Burton shifting to the centres and classy Stephen Crichton moving to fullback.

Although winless after three rounds, Manly coach Des Hasler has shown confidence in his squad, keeping an unchanged lineup to face the competition leaders, with captain Daly Cherry-Evans under intense pressure to lead the Sea Eagles to a win.

Good Friday Footy features the traditional Easter duel between the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs.

South Sydney blitzed their arch-rivals, the Roosters, last week, and a similar performance will mean a long night for the struggling Dogs. Talented five-eighth Lachlan Lewis has been called up to partner star recruit Kyle Flanagan in their halves

Macca’s Friday Night Footy then sees the Melbourne Storm in unfamiliar territory, coming off two straight but hard-fought losses. Fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen returns against a Brisbane Broncos side gaining in confidence after an emotional victory over the Bulldogs last week. Young winger Xavier Coates is one who will need to star again if the Broncos are to upset the premiers at home.

Finally on Chemist Warehouse Sunday Footy, the Knights play the much improved Dragons. Newcastle are smarting after having their winning run halted in a cliffhanger last weekend. Meanwhile Adam Clune replaces the injured Ben Hunt for St George-Illawarra in a game that is too close to call.



Host and commentators: James Bracey, Andrew Johns, Johnathan Thurston, Allana Ferguson, Brad Fittler, Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, Peter Psaltis, Danika Mason

Sydney                    7.30pm LIVE on Channel 9

Brisbane                  7.00pm LIVE on Channel 9

Melbourne               7.30pm LIVE on 9Gem

Adelaide                  7.00pm LIVE on 9Gem

Perth                       4.30pm LIVE on 9Gem


Host and commentators: Erin Molan, Phil Gould, Peter Sterling, Ruan Sims, Darren Lockyer, Brad Fittler, Peter Psaltis, Danika Mason

Sydney                    3.00pm LIVE on Channel 9

Brisbane                  2.00pm LIVE on Channel 9

Melbourne               3.00pm LIVE on 9Gem

Adelaide                  2.30pm LIVE on 9Gem

Perth                       12.00pm LIVE on 9Gem



Host and commentators: James Bracey, Andrew Johns, Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston, Paul Gallen, Mat Thompson, Danika Mason

Sydney                    7.30pm LIVE on Channel 9

Brisbane                  7.00pm LIVE on Channel 9

Melbourne               7.30pm LIVE on 9Gem

Adelaide                  7.00pm LIVE on 9Gem

Perth                       4.30pm LIVE on 9Gem



Host and commentators: James Bracey, Phil Gould, Peter Sterling, Allana Ferguson, Sam Thaiday, Andrew Johns, Mat Thompson, Danika Mason

Sydney                    3.00pm LIVE on Channel 9

Brisbane                  3.00pm LIVE on Channel 9

Melbourne               3.00pm LIVE on 9Gem

Adelaide                  2.30pm LIVE on 9Gem

Perth                       1.00pm LIVE on 9Gem

SUNDAY NRL FOOTY SHOW – LIVE from 11.00am AEST on Channel 9.Host Erin Molan will cover all the Round 4 action so far with Peter Sterling, Ruan Sims, Brad Fittler and more.Journalists Andrew Webster, Michael Chammas and Brent Read join Sterlo for Inside The 10.

100% FOOTY – Monday at 10.00pm AEST on Channel 9. 100% Footy is the home of the strongest opinions in rugby league from the people who count. Phil Gould returns with Paul Gallen, journalist Andrew Webster and host James Bracey.


  • The WWOS TV brand that sports fans love has its very own radio show. From 6.00pm-7.00pm AEDT Monday to Thursday, hosts Mark Levy (2GB) and Peter Psaltis (4BC) talk with the biggest names in the world of Australian sport, including regular weekly guests:
  • Monday: Billy Slater (2GB), Paul Vautin (4BC)
  • Tuesday: Paul Gallen (2GB)
  • Wednesday: Brad Fittler (2GB)
  • Thursday: Ken Sutcliffe (2GB), Johnathan Thurston (4BC)


  • James Bracey discusses the biggest issues of the week with rugby league legend and expert commentator Phil Gould on Six Tackles with Gus.

This week:

  • The merits of the new 18th man replacement rule brought in by the NRL.
  • Debating State of Origin eligibility in light of the Jason Taumalolo case.

Six Tackles with Gus – Podcast Available NOW on Spotify, Apple and Omny
Live and on-demand streaming for Channel 9’s NRL programming available on 9Now #9WWOS

For further information please contact Channel 9 Publicity: 
Jason Evans
P 02 9965 2052

Thursday, 1 April, 2020

Nick Mckenzie named journalist of the year as Nine dominates 2020 Quill Awards

Investigative journalist Nick McKenzie was named The 2020 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year at the prestigious Quill Awards tonight for his ground-breaking investigations into war crimes, political corruption and Crown Resorts for The Age, 60 Minutes and Good Weekend magazine.

The Age’s Nick led Nine journalists across its print and television divisions to an outstanding 14 Melbourne Press Club Quill awards in what has been the biggest news year in recent history.

The Age won 10 awards across 34 nominations – including Young Journalist of the Year, Innovation in Journalism, Features Photograph and the entire Age online team being recognised – while 9News journalist Christine Ahern won two awards for her reporting on A Current Affair and TODAY, with camera operator Travis Nemtsas being recognised for his work for 9News.

It’s the second time McKenzie has claimed the top award, after taking home the prize in 2017 with his Age colleague Richard Baker. He was also awarded a Quill for Feature Writing (Good Weekend) and a joint award with Chris Masters for their 60 Minutes investigation into alleged war crimes by Australian forces in Afghanistan.

Two joint investigations by The Age and 60 Minutes into Crown Resorts and branch stacking in Victoria, as well as a moving Good Weekend feature about an SAS soldier’s harrowing experience in Afghanistan, have had powerful repercussions. 

9News journalist Christine Ahern was recognized in the TV/Video Feature (Short Form) and TV/Video News categories for her exclusive interviews with whistleblowers inside the Epping aged care catastrophe during COVID-19 for A Current Affair, as well as an exclusive interview with a whistleblower hotel security guard that revealed what was really going on behind Victoria’s botched hotel quarantine system.  

The Age editor Gay Alcorn said: “The awards across the newsroom reflect The Age’s commitment to high-quality journalism in all areas. Ours is the best newsroom in the country in my humble opinion. Nick’s work in particular was difficult and in some cases took years, but the public interest was strong and its impact undeniable.”

“It is particularly pleasing to win such a breadth of awards after a challenging year when our staff worked almost entirely from home.”

Kirsty Thomson, Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, said: “Congratulations to Nick on winning journalist of the year at the Quill Awards.This award confirms what we at 60 Minutes already know, that  he is one of the bravest, hardest working journalists in the business. Nick’s stories epitomise the very best of investigative journalism and we are proud and honoured to work alongside him.”

Melbourne’s 9News Director Hugh Nailon said: “The outstanding work recognised tonight represents the high quality of stories our newsroom produced every day of the pandemic.”

Nine’s full list of winners of the 2020 Quill Awards for Excellence in Victorian Journalism:

THE 2020 GRAHAM PERKIN AUSTRALIAN JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR, Winner: Nick McKenzie Nine Network’s 60 Minutes and Good Weekend Magazine


BEST BUSINESS STORY IN ANY MEDIUM Sarah Danckert, The Age, ‘Bigger Than the Wolf of Wall Street’

CARTOON Matt Golding, The Sunday Age,


FEATURE WRITING Nick McKenzie, Good Weekend, ‘One Last Mission’

FEATURES PHOTOGRAPH Christopher Hopkins, The Age, ‘I Want to hold her Hand’

THE GRANT HATTAM QUILL FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM Nick McKenzie & Chris Masters, Nine Network’s 60 Minutes, ‘War Crimes’ Judges’

INNOVATION IN JOURNALISM Rachael Dexter & Justin McManus, The Age, Documenting life in lockdown s and provide a generally hopeful view of lessons learned and the way ahead for lives disrupted by COVID-19.


SPORTS NEWS Sam McClure, The Age, Crows Camp Catastrophe

TV CAMERA WORK (CREATIVE) Travis Nemtsas, 9News, After Curfew

TV/VIDEO FEATURE (SHORT FORM) Christine Ahern, 9Network A Current Affair, Epping Disgrace

TV/VIDEO NEWS Christine Ahern, 9Network The Today Show, Quarantine Catastrophe

For more information:
Adrian Motte
Communications Manager, Nine

Monday, 29 March, 2021

9Network enjoys best ever first quarter ratings lead

At the end of the first quarter of 2021, the 9Network is leading the survey-year-to-date with all key demographics and Total People.

Free-to-air network shares: 2021 survey-year-to-date

The remarkable figures show that the 9Network is enjoying its second best ever start to the year with the key demographics of People 25-54 and 16-39 since the inception of OzTAM 20 years ago.

Furthermore, the 9Network is enjoying its highest ever first-quarter lead over its nearest competitor with the key demographics of People 25-54 and 16-39. With People 25-54, the 9Network is 8.6 share points ahead of its nearest competitor. And with People 16-39, the margin over its nearest competitor blows out to 10.2 share points.

The 9Network’s unprecedented start to the 2021 ratings survey period kicked off with summer’s No. 1 sport, the Australian Open, which dominated viewing across the country for the duration of the tournament. More than 11 million viewers tuned into the two-week broadcast, while 247 million minutes of content was streamed on 9Now, representing a 10% increase on last year’s streaming figures.

The Australian Open once again provided an unapparelled launch for Married at First Sight, which has completely dominated primetime viewing across the past four weeks. Now in its eighth season, MAFS is still the biggest show in town with an average of almost two million viewers watching each episode across broadcast television and on 9Now.

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Our news and current affairs programming continue to perform strongly, with 9News leading the survey year to date in the nation’s three largest markets of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. A Current Affair is leading the competitive 7.00pm timeslot across the 5 City Metro for the survey year to date. While at breakfast, Today is leading the 2021 ratings survey period across the capital cities with the key demographics of People 25-54 and 16-39.

Hamish Turner, Nine’s Program Director, said: “The powerful combination of the Australian Open, Married at First Sight and a diverse news offering has driven Nine to a dominant position in Q1. Across both the 9Network’s linear channels and 9Now, we have seen Married again capture the national conversation in a way no other Australian TV show does. Married will continue its momentum as we move into Easter and beyond with a strong slate of family favourites like LEGO Masters, Ninja Warrior, Celebrity Apprentice, Beauty & The Geek and The Block that will continue to deliver throughout the year.

Michael Stephenson, Nine’s Chief Sales Officer, said: “2021 has seen a phenomenal start to the TV ratings years for Nine. Again, Married at First Sight has been a cross platform juggernaut, delivering across linear TV and 9Now with all key demographics. We know we have a trusted and proven content slate and will carry that momentum into Q2 with the MAFS vow renewals, LEGO Masters and Celebrity Apprentice. As ever, Nine is the clear market leader across total television – be it linear TV or digital.”

Key Broadcast Video On Demand Highlights – 2021 survey-year-to-date

Survey year to date, Nine dominates with a 53% share of minutes against CFTA platforms. This equates to 2 billion minutes of content being streamed, 63% higher than its nearest competitor

Source: OzTAM Live + VOD VPM, 7 February – 25 March 2021, Share based on CFTA BVOD Platforms, Metric: Minutes, Includes Coviewing on connected TV

Nine holds majority share for key buying demos such as PPL18-39 (57%) and PPL25-54 (56%)

Source: OzTAM Live + VOD VPM, 7 February – 25 March 2021, Share based on CFTA BVOD Platforms, Metric: Minutes, Includes Coviewing on connected TV

Nine records double digit year on year growth in live streaming, up +70% in live minutes

Source: OzTAM Live VPM, 7 February – 25 March 2021 v 9 February – 26 March 2020, 9Now Only, Metric: Minutes, Includes Coviewing on connected TV

MAFS is the #1 catch up program against all CFTA platforms. To date, over 520 million minutes of long form catch-up content has been streamed, 4 times bigger than its nearest competitor (The Amazing Race Australia)

Source: OzTAM VOD VPM, 7 February – 25 March 2021, Top catch up programs ranked against CFTA BVOD Platforms, Metric: Minutes, Includes Coviewing on connected TV

Survey year to date, Nine dominates live streaming with tennis and MAFS, taking out 9 of the top 10 spots against CFTA competitors

Source: OzTAM Live VPM, 7 February – 25 March 2021, Top live programs ranked against CFTA BVOD Platforms, Metric: BVOD Audience, Includes Coviewing on connected TV


For further information, please contact:

Nic Christensen
Head of Corporate Affairs, Nine

Terry Stuart
Communications Manager, Nine
03 9420 3458

Monday, 29 March, 2021

Australian Red Cross connects with Nine

Nine will present a special broadcast honouring one of the most enduring organisations in the world in Australian Red Cross – Connecting, on Saturday, April 3, from 2.00pm.

TODAY’s Brooke Boney and Alex Cullen will host the fundraiser and showcase the wonderful humanitarian work of Red Cross. They will be joined by Karl Stefanovic and Tim Davies (TODAY), Belinda Russell (TODAY EXTRA) and Richard Wilkins (Weekend TODAY), celebrating the amazing stories and people behind Red Cross as it seeks donations to support ongoing services for communities all over Australia.
We will see comedian Ross Noble like never before as he sits down with Nine News presenter Brenton Ragless to talk about losing everything in the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria.

Karl Stefanovic meets an inspirational case manager working with ex-offenders to reintegrate them into the community and get their lives back on track after being released from prison. South Sydney Rabbitohs winger Josh Mansour will also join the broadcast to explain the ways he has been involved with Red Cross.

In Australia, Red Cross has programs to help all kinds of people in need. Providing much more than blood donations and disaster relief, Red Cross reconnects families separated by war and provides assistance to refugees, migrants and First Nation communities.
Australian Red Cross CEO, Kym Pfitzner, says: “Whether it’s someone who has suddenly lost almost everything in a bushfire, or a daily wellbeing phone call to someone feeling isolated and vulnerable, our work makes real differences to people’s lives.”

Established here in 1914 by Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, wife of Governor-General Sir Ronald, Red Cross has a proud history as a symbol of hope and humanity. Bound by its fundamental principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality, Red Cross remains committed to supporting and empowering people and communities in times of vulnerability.

Throughout our special broadcast remarkable stories of inspiration and hope will be told, including:

  • The four siblings who fled a country riddled by conflict and found refuge in Albury, NSW – welcomed on arrival by Red Cross workers helping them settle into their new home.
  • A family that lost everything in the bushfires that ravaged Kangaroo Island, South Australia in 2020 and a selfless recovery officer changing lives by helping the community to rebuild.  
  • An Indigenous Elder who lives alone and has a rare autoimmune condition that keeps her wheelchair-bound. Each morning she receives a call from a Red Cross volunteer who makes sure she feels connected to her community.
  • The courageous Red Cross emergency team who played key roles in the response to the Dreamworld tragedy on the Gold Coast in which four people died.

The donations raised from Nine’s broadcast for Red Cross will go towards further disaster relief work and other initiatives, such as wellbeing checks for people who are elderly, isolated or quarantining; support for First Nations people in communities across the country; and assisting young mothers who need support and education.
Viewers can donate on the day by calling 1800 733 276 scanning the QR code that appears on your screen, or visiting the Red Cross website.

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Wednesday, 24 March, 2021

Vice Australia and Refinery29 to join Pedestrian Group in a multi-year deal with Vice Media Group

Pedestrian Group, Australia’s largest youth-focused publisher, has inked a multi-year deal with the world’s largest independent youth media company, VICE Media Group.

A global first for VICE Media Group, the long-term partnership means Pedestrian Group will not only be the exclusive publishing and commercial partner for VICE Australia but also launch Refinery29, the leading media and entertainment destination for women, in the Australia and New Zealand markets.

The deal has been months in the making, following a strategic review that led to Pedestrian Group’s decision to stop licensing POPSUGAR Australia after 12 years and cease its representation of Tinder’s commercial interests in the local market. Matt Rowley, CEO of Pedestrian Group, says VICE Australia and Refinery29 are the perfect addition to the Pedestrian Group portfolio.

“A year ago we held an internal strategic review that identified VICE and Refinery29 shaped spaces in our stable of brands; VICE to tell longer-form, in-depth stories of cultural significance and Refinery29 to address the issues and passions of young women in a voice that resonates now. We are beyond excited to invest the passion, creativity and scale of Pedestrian Group into VICE and Refinery29 in Australia and New Zealand, creating more great content for our readers and market-leading opportunities for clients.”

The editorial teams for both VICE Australia and the soon-to-be-launched Refinery29 Australia will operate separately under Pedestrian Group to preserve the uniqueness of both brands, according to Vanessa Lawrence, Publisher of Pedestrian Group.

“Our goal certainly isn’t to ‘Pedestrianise’ VICE and Refinery29; as is the case with all our brands, the secret to their success in helping shape culture is a very distinct voice and approach to content,” she says. “We can’t wait to get stuck in and build out editorial teams, initiatives and strategies that amplify the different identities of these two powerhouse brands, working closely with our new partners at VICE Media Group to do so.”

Myki Slonim, President, VICE Digital at VICE Asia Pacific, says: “We’re looking at a range of strategic partnerships around the region to build our brands in innovative ways and share our content to wider audiences. This partnership with Pedestrian Group is an incredible opportunity to establish Refinery29 in Australia, and build on VICE’s reputation for culture-defining storytelling.”

Simone Oliver, Global Editor-in-Chief of Refinery29, added: “We are so excited to expand Refinery29 into the Australian market. The ethos of this platform is to be able to create a space for women and for underrepresented voices to be seen and heard. Being able to make an impact on their lives and celebrate expression. We look forward to seeing how this platform is received here – and continuing to grow the Refinery audience.”


  • VICE Australia will begin operating under Pedestrian Group effective immediately, with local staff folding into the business. This includes VICE Senior Reporter (and 2019 Publish Awards Young Writer of the Year) Gavin Butler and Victoria Yelland Riddell, Commercial Lead for VICE & Refinery29, who will join the team led by Pedestrian Group Commercial Director Rachel Tikey
  • Refinery29 Australia – which VICE Media Group acquired in October 2019 – will launch in the first half of 2021. Staff appointments and a number of exciting editorial and commercial initiatives will be announced shortly
  • Pedestrian Group will invest over years in VICE Australia and Refinery29 Australia to grow the brands both editorially and commercially while working closely with VICE Media Group at a global level to ensure the voices of both brands remain distinct
  • As per Nielsen’s December 2020 DCR, Pedestrian Group reaches 4.16 million Aussies per month and VICE Media Group reaches 1.18 million. In April 2020 – the last month VICE Australia was measured by Nielsen’s Digital Content Planning tool – there was only a 7.76% overlap between its audience and PEDESTRIAN.TV’s, so it’s expected the audiences will be largely additive
  • VICE Media Group’s content partnership deal with public broadcaster SBS Australia, which was renewed in December last year, and its linear TV channel with SKY New Zealand remains unchanged
  • VICE Media Group will continue to operate VICE World News in Australia and New Zealand, and the partnership doesn’t include VICE Media Group’s other lines of businesses including VIRTUE, VICE Studios, VICE Distribution and i-D.

**About Pedestrian Group**

Pedestrian Group is Australia’s leading youth-centred publisher, reaching a unique audience of more than 4.16 million Aussies per month, and more 18 to 39-year-olds than any other publisher*. It’s home to PEDESTRIAN.TV, Business Insider Australia, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Kotaku, as well as the American Express Open Air Cinemas. It’s wholly owned by Nine, Australia’s largest and most diverse media company.  

*Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, Monthly Tagged, December 2020, All Brands, Text, People 2+, Census

**About VICE Media Group**

VICE Media Group is the world’s largest independent youth media company. Launched in 1994, VICE has offices in 35 cities across the globe with a focus on five key businesses:, an award-winning international network of digital content; VICE STUDIOS, a feature film and television production studio; VICE TV, an Emmy-winning international television network; a Peabody award-winning NEWS division with the most Emmy-awarded nightly news broadcast; and VIRTUE, a global, full-service creative agency with 25 offices around the world. VICE Media Group’s portfolio includes Refinery29, the leading global media and entertainment company focused on women; PULSE Films, a London-based next-generation production studio with outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Berlin and i-D, a global digital and bimonthly magazine defining fashion and contemporary culture.

For media enquiries or interviews please contact:

Nic Christensen,
Head of Corporate Affairs, Nine

Laura Misselbrook,
Global Comms, VICE Media Group 

Monday, 15 March, 2021

International superstar Sonny Bill Williams joins the Nine WWOS team

Nine and Stan today announced that international sporting icon Sonny Bill Williams has joined Nine’s Wide World of Sports family, across both the Rugby on Stan Sport, and NRL on Nine.

Boasting an unrivalled resume of being a two-time Rugby World Cup champion, multiple time Bledisloe Cup champion, two-time NRL champion, Super Rugby champion, and an undefeated heavyweight boxing champion – the man known simply as ‘SBW’ has proven to be one of the world’s greatest athletes in recent decades.

The deal will see Williams join the Stan Sport commentary team following the hugely successful launch of the Super Rugby AU and Aoteroa competitions on the add-on sport package, lining up alongside former Wallaby stars such as Tim Horan, Morgan Turinui and Drew Mitchell, and fellow All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens.

Being a dual-code superstar, Williams will also form part of the NRL on Nine team, lending his experience and knowledge across the season to the biggest games, alongside other legends of the sport such as Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston.

Sonny Bill Williams said: “I’m honoured to have this opportunity to join the Stan Sport and Nine team. Before I decided to step into this space I just asked myself that simple question: is it going to be challenging? And the answer was an overwhelming yes.

“I know I represent a lot of young Polynesian boys and young Kiwi boys. We represent so much on the field. But when it comes to off the field, we’re not really in this space. So just being able to jump into that space and see how we go, that’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”

Brent Williams, Nine’s Director of Sport, said: “We’re thrilled to have a once-in-a-generation athlete in Sonny Bill Williams join the Wide World of Sports family. His achievements across multiple codes are unrivalled and make him the perfect addition to our Rugby coverage on Stan Sport and our NRL team on Nine.”

To hear exclusively from Williams on his new appointment and what his future holds, tune in to Rugby Heaven at 8:00pm AEDT next Tuesday night, March 16th exclusively on Stan Sport.

Stan’s add-on sport package is available for $10 a month and consumers can activate now to get a 30 day free trial for a limited time only. Activating is as simple as visiting:

For further information please contact Nine Publicity:

Jason Evans – Nine Publicity
P 02 9965 2052

Adrian Foo – Head of Publicity, Stan

Friday, March 12, 2021

Affiliation agreement signed between Nine and WIN

Nine Entertainment Co. and WIN Corporation have today announced the signing of a new regional television affiliation agreement.

The minimum 7-year agreement will result in WIN broadcasting Nine’s metropolitan free-to-air television content from channels 9, 9Go, 9Gem and 9Life into markets including Tasmania, regional Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Southern NSW, providing seamless access to Nine’s television content across all of metropolitan and regional Australia.

Under this new agreement, which will commence on 1 July 2021, WIN will pay an affiliation fee of around 50% of its regional advertising revenue to Nine and provide airtime to Nine to allow promotion of Nine’s assets across WIN’s television and radio network. As part of the arrangements between Nine and WIN, WIN will also provide a sales representation service for Nine in Northern NSW and Darwin for a period of time.

Chief Executive Officer of Nine Hugh Marks said `While our relationship with Southern Cross has been strong over the last five years, the opportunities presented by the WIN Network to both extend the reach of Nine’s premium content into more regional markets under one agreement, and to work co-operatively with them on a national and local news operation, mean this is the right time for us to return to WIN. The terms of this new affiliation agreement should be positive to Nine’s EBITDA from FY22 through the broader reach of Nine’s channels and by enabling incremental efficiencies across both sales and news.’

Chief Executive Officer of WIN, Andrew Lancaster said `We are pleased to be furthering our already strong relationship with Nine, through this affiliation agreement. Nine has clearly established itself as Australia’s leading media business and we are excited to be returning to carriage of the Nine broadcast content to our regional viewers.’

For further information:
Nic Christensen                                                                          
Head of Corporate Affairs, Nine                                       

Friday, 12 March, 2021

Big names join the Continuous Call Team

Rugby League greats Paul Gallen and Shane Flanagan will join The Continuous Call Team on News Talk 2GB and 4BC from March 13, bringing expert analysis and commentary to the 2021 season, it was announced today.

Entering its 35th year on air, the addition of NSW’s most-capped captain Gallen, and premiership-winning coach Flanagan, cements The Continuous Call Team’s reputation as the most experienced sporting line-up on radio.

Gallen will be joining the team fortnightly on Saturday afternoons as well as co-hosting 2GB’s Wide World of Sports each Tuesday night, while Flanagan will be part of the commentary team each Saturday night throughout the season.

They join weekend anchors Mark Levy and James Willis, with Darryl Brohman, Mark Riddell, David Morrow, Jamie Soward and Chris Warren making up the rest of the line-up.

Ray Hadley will also return to the commentary box during the 2021 State of Origin and NRL Finals series.

“The Continuous Call Team has, for decades, led the way in terms of rugby league analysis and weekend entertainment on the radio. The addition of Gal and Flanno to our established and much-loved team adds an exciting new layer to our NRL coverage,” said 2GB Content Manager, Luke Davis.

“We can’t wait to get cracking for another season of fun, frivolity and footy in this, our record 35th year covering the rugby league.”

The Continuous Call Team returns this Friday 12 March and airs Fridays 7pm-11pm, Saturdays 1pm-10pm and Sundays 1pm-7pm (all AEDT) on News Talk 2GB (Sydney), 4BC (Brisbane) and network stations.

For more information:
Adrian Motte
Communications Manager, Nine

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The most exciting NRL season yet kicks off with a bang

The NRL is back for its historic 30th year on Nine and that epic milestone will be marked tonight with a blockbuster match-up to start the huge 2021 season.

On Hisense Thursday Night Footy from Melbourne, premiership favourites South Sydney collide with the reigning champions, the Storm, in a must-see spectacle.

Amid contract speculation over classy captain Adam Reynolds, the Rabbitohs will be spearheaded by a red-hot Latrell Mitchell, going toe-to-toe with Storm superstar fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen in a battle of NSW Origin hopefuls.

Then on Macca’s Friday Night Footy, the road to redemption begins for the Brisbane Broncos, taking on the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium after a forgettable 2020 season. The Broncos will look to their halves pairing of Anthony Milford and Brodie Croft to steer the ship, while the Eels will field the mostly unchanged side that took them to the finals last year, including destructive wingers Maika Sivo and Blake Ferguson.

Chemist Warehouse Sunday Footy sees the Wests Tigers travel to Canberra to face the Raiders. The Tigers will be trying to make an early case as finals contenders after missing out for a decade, boosted by promising young Panthers recruit Daine Laurie making his debut at fullback.

The Green Machine welcome back crafty English No.9 Josh Hodgson, who will hope to recapture the stunning form he displayed prior to a season-ending injury in 2020.

Host and commentators: James Bracey, Ray Warren, Phil Gould, Andrew Johns, Billy Slater, Brad Fittler, Allana Ferguson, Johnathan Thurston, Danika Mason

Sydney 7.30pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 7.30pm LIVE on Nine
Adelaide 7.00pm LIVE on 9Gem
Perth 4.30pm LIVE on 9Gem

Host and commentators: Erin Molan, Paul Vautin, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, Johnathan Thurston, Peter Psaltis, Danika Mason

Sydney 7.30pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 7.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 7.30pm LIVE on 9Gem
Adelaide 7.00pm LIVE on 9Gem
Perth 4.30pm LIVE on 9Gem

Host and commentators: James Bracey, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Ruan Sims, Peter Sterling, Billy Slater, Mat Thompson, Danika Mason

Sydney 3.00pm LIVE on Nine
Brisbane 2.00pm LIVE on Nine
Melbourne 3.00pm LIVE on 9Gem
Adelaide 2.30pm LIVE on 9Gem
Perth 12.00pm LIVE on 9Gem

SPORTS SUNDAY – Sunday at 10.00am AEDT, LIVE on Nine. This week: Host James Bracey is joined by netball legend Liz Ellis, former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor, and Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter FitzSimons, with special guests including US entertainment correspondent Brad Blanks.

SUNDAY NRL FOOTY SHOW – LIVE from 11.00am AEDT on Nine. Host Erin Molan will cover all the Round 1 action so far, with Peter Sterling, Paul Gallen and Brad Fittler, plus special guests including Panthers captain Isaah Yeo, and Rabbitohs star Cameron Murray. Journalists Andrew Webster, Michael Chammas and David Riccio join Sterlo for ‘Inside The 10’.

100% FOOTY – Monday at 10.10pm AEDT on Nine. 100% Footy is the home of the strongest opinions in rugby league from the people who count. Phil Gould returns for the new season with Paul Gallen, journalist Danny Weidler and host James Bracey.


• The WWOS TV brand that sports fans love has its very own radio show. From 6.00pm-7.00pm AEDT Monday to Thursday, host Mark Levy talks with the biggest names in the world of Australian sport, including regular weekly guests:

o Monday: Billy Slater
o Tuesday: Paul Gallen
o Wednesday: Brad Fittler
o Thursday: Ken Sutcliffe


• James Bracey discusses the biggest issues of the week with rugby league legend and expert commentator Phil Gould on Six Tackles with Gus.

This week:
o The sacrifices the Warriors are making to play amid a pandemic.
o Can players’ bodies keep up with the latest rule changes?
o Is rushing teen prodigies into the game stifling their development?

For further information please contact Nine Publicity:
Jason Evans
P 02 9965 2052

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Talk radio dominates in Sydney and Melbourne with clear year-on-year growth

3AW and 2GB are the clear number #1 radio stations in Melbourne and Sydney after recording their best GfK Survey 1 results in more than a decade. Across Australia Nine’s talk radio stations (3AW, 2GB, 4BC & 6PR) have also grown their audience by 6.4% year-on-year and retained their #1 position in the key 40+ demographic with a 28.1% share.

Greg Byrnes, Nine Radio’s Head of Content said: “This survey proves that 3AW and 2GB are the “must listen” radio stations in their cities. We are way out in front as #1 and the audiences are getting even bigger. More than 100,000 new listeners are turning in each week when compared to a year ago.

“Ben Fordham in Sydney and Ross and Russ in Melbourne have again recorded stunning results while in Perth, Gareth Parker has grown the 6PR Breakfast audience by 26% year-on-year.

“Right across the country talk audiences are growing stronger year-on-year, with more and more people turning to us for live and local news and opinion.”

The results around the country are:

2GB 873 is the clear leader in Sydney – #1 across Breakfast, Mornings, Evenings and Weekends recording its 131st consecutive survey win, with an 14.4% audience share (up 1.2 points year-on-year). This is 2GB’s best Survey 1 result in a decade.

• Ben Fordham Live has started 2021 with its best-ever result – retaining the #1 Breakfast crown with an audience share of 18.1% (up 3.3 points year-on-year).

• The Ray Hadley Morning Show remains dominant in Mornings. Survey 1 saw the show recording an audience share of 16.1% and three points clear of his nearest competitor. This is Ray’s 131st consecutive win.

• Afternoons with Deborah Knight continued its strong performance, with an audience share of 11% (up 1.6 points year-on-year).

• Drive with Jim Wilson performed well in the competitive Drive timeslot, with an 8.3% audience share (Monday to Friday 3.00-6.00pm).

• Nights with John Stanley leaves daylight between him and his competitors with an audience of 24.4% (up 5.2 points year-on-year), well ahead of its competitors (Mon-Fri 8.00pm-12am).

• 2GB Weekends (including The Garden Clinic, Chris Smith, The Two Murrays and Saturday Night Live with Stevie Jacobs) continues to grow with its audience share at 14.8% (up 2.4 points year-on-year).

• Networked programs Wide World of Sports with Mark Levy (2GB) and Money News with Brooke Corte (2GB, 3AW, 4BC) continue to perform strongly in their early evenings timeslot holding their audience.

Source: GfK Radio Ratings, 2GB Sydney Survey 1 2021, Mon-Fri 5.30am-9am, Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm, Mon-Fri 8pm-12MN, Sat-Sun 5.30am-12MN, Market Share %, AP10+.

This is 3AW’s best Survey 1 result in 14 years.

• 3AW maintains its dominance in Melbourne – #1 across Breakfast, Mornings, Drive, Evenings and Weekends. In Survey 1, 3AW recorded an audience share of 16.3% (up 3 points year-on-year).

• Breakfast with Ross Stevenson and Russel Howcroft posted a 23.1% share in their timeslot (Mon-Fri 5.30-8.30am) and retained the #1 Melbourne’s Breakfast show crown. The show is up 6.7 points year-on-year and this marks 151 consecutive surveys and a total of 222 wins for 3AW as Melbourne’s #1 Breakfast show (Mon-Fri 5.30am-8.30am).

• Neil Mitchell is the clear dominant leader in his timeslot. 3AW Mornings recording a 19% share (up 4 points year-on-year) (Mon-Fri 8.30-12.00pm).

• Dee Dee Dunleavy’s Afternoons performed strongly post midday drawing a 11.5% share (up 0.5 points year-on-year) (Mon-Fri 12.00pm – 3.00pm).

• Tom Elliott is #1 in the highly competitive Drive timeslot. 3AW Drive had a share of 13.9% (up 1.4 points year-on-year) (Mon-Fri 3.00pm-6.00pm).

• Denis Walter’s Nights program remains #1 in its timeslot in Melbourne recording a 15.4% share (Mon-Fri 8.00pm – 12.00 midnight).

Source: GfK Radio Ratings, 3AW Melbourne Survey 1 2021, Mon-Fri 5.30am-8.30am, Mon-Fri 8.30am-12pm, Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm, Mon-Fri 8pm-12MN, Market Share %, AP10+

Brisbane’s 4BC 1116 return to local programming continues to see audience improvement posting a share of 6.7% among all people 10+ in Survey 1. 

  • Breakfast with Neil Breen has recorded a growth in cumulative audiences (year-on-year), posting a 7.9% share in Brisbane for the first survey of 2021. 
  • The Ray Hadley Morning Show holds strong in Brisbane with a 9.8% share in his timeslot (9-11am) this is up 1.2 points year-on-year (Mon-Fri 9.00am-11.00am). 
  • Afternoons with Deborah Knight has recorded a 6.4% share in the timeslot (Mon- Fri 11.00am – 2.00pm). 
  • Drive with Scott Emerson posts an audience share of 4.2% share in the timeslot. (Mon-Fri 3.00-6.00pm). 
  • Nights with John Stanley had a 9.0% share in his timeslot (Mon-Fri 8.00am-11.00am).

Source: GfK Radio Ratings, 4BC Brisbane Survey 1 2021, Mon-Fri 5.30am-9am, Mon-Fri 9am-11am, Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm, Mon-Fri 8pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 5.30am-12MN, Market Share %, AP10+

Perth’s 6PR 882 has achieved an audience share of 8.2% in the first survey of 2021 after relaunching its on-air line up. The station is up 1.9 points year-on-year.

  • Breakfast with Gareth Parker has grown its cumulative audience by 26% (year-on-year), posting a 10.8% share (up 2.8 points year-on-year) for Gareth’s first survey in the Breakfast timeslot. 
  • Mornings with Liam Bartlett had a 8.1% share in his first survey in the morning timeslot (up 2 points year-on-year). 
  • Steve Mills’ new afternoons show Millsy at Midday recorded a share of 7.2% on its debut, up 1.1 points year-on-year (Mon-Fri 12.00pm – 3.00pm). 
  • Perth Live with Oliver Peterson has held strong its audience with a 6.9% share up 1 point year-on-year, (Mon-Fri 3.00pm-6.00pm). 
  • The Nightshift with Tod Johnston grew its timeslot drawing a share of 11.5% (up 3.3 points) for his first survey (Mon-Fri 8.00pm – 12.00am). 

Source: GfK Radio Ratings, 6PR Perth Survey 1 2021, Mon-Fri 5.30am-9am, Mon-Fri 9am-12pm, Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm, Mon-Fri 8pm-12MN, Market Share %, AP10+

For more information:
Nic Christensen
Head of Corporate Affairs, Nine

Thursday, March 11, 2021