The Seven Network, Australia’s most-watched broadcast television platform, has entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) that delivers the company all rights in Australia including free-to-air broadcast television and subscription television rights, online, mobile and social media, and radio, and expands to Seven’s digital platforms, including online and Hybrid Broadband Broadcast Television (HbbTV).
The deal, coming off the highly successful Games in Glasgow, was completed by retiring CEO, Mike Hooper, who is delighted to welcome Seven back to the movement for the first time since the Games in Manchester in 2002.
“The CGF is delighted to renew our relationship with Seven knowing it will ensure the widest possible coverage across the country when Australia again plays host to the Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.
“Seven’s commitment, coming off the success of Glasgow, illustrates the enduring appeal and bright future of the Commonwealth Games as we look ahead to 2018 on the Gold Coast and beyond.”
Gold Coast Organising Corporation Chairman, Nigel Chamier, believes the signing with Seven is a major boost to the 2018 event:
“Seven’s sports credentials are superb, and we look forward to them bringing their expertise and passion to our event on the Gold Coast.”
Seven has also recently procured the Australian rights to the 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games.
Commenting on securing the 2018 Gold Coast rights, Seven CEO Tim Worner said: “The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast are expected to deliver significant audiences across Seven’s broadcast and digital platforms.
“The Commonwealth Games in 2018 provides our business an extraordinary opportunity to drive home our leadership as we broadcast the Australian Tennis Open, the Olympic Winter Games and the Commonwealth Games in the one year.”