March 27, 2008

An impressive ensemble of sporting stars this weekend will make its debut as BigPond Sports Weekend redefines the way Australians watch their favourite sports.

Commencing 23 February, and hosted by Russell Barwick and John Gibbs, with Ali Mutch and Will McCloy at the newsdesk, BigPond Sports Weekend is a fast-paced, continuous nine-hour sports-news and information show from 9 am every Saturday and Sunday, exclusive to Telstra Next G TM mobiles and online at BigPond TV.

Joining Russell and John will be a roll call of sporting greats who, combined, have represented Australia hundreds of times, thrilled local crowds thousands of times, won international and national awards and literally become recognised ‘greats’ in their field, including:

  • NRL – super coaches Brad Fittler (Sydney City Roosters) and Jason Taylor (South Sydney Rabbitohs) together with the legendary Steve Menzies (Manly Sea Eagles)
  • AFL – Wayne Schwass, Anthony Koutoufides, Peter Donegan and Jason Bennett live from our Melbourne studio each weekend.
  • V8 Supercars – Neil Crompton and Brad Jones
  • Cricket – Former Australian Test stars Michael Slater and Gavin Robertson together with former NSW bowler Brad MacNamara
  • Soccer – Former Socceroo Paul Okon
  • Rugby Union – Former Wallabies Matthew Burke and Warwick Waugh covering all the Super-14 matches and the Bledisloe Cup series
  • Swimming, Olympics and Basketball – Some big names to be announced soon

BigPond Group Managing Director, Mr Justin Milne, said "BigPond Sports Weekend leverages BigPond Sport’s full suite of exclusive and non-exclusive sports rights for the internet and mobile phones and combines them with sophisticated technology to deliver the best mobile and online sports coverage in the world.

"BigPond Sports Weekend will deliver up-to-the minute results, statistics and news updates for an unmatched 18 hours every weekend, in a year that boasts the NRL Centenary Season, the 150th year of the AFL, the Telstra Australian Olympic Swimming Trials, the Beijing Olympics and a whole lot more.

"Plus we’ll have V8 Supercars live and extensive news and updates from Cricket, Soccer, Rugby Union, and live horse racing – all available at the touch of a button on your mobile phone or on your PC," Mr Milne said.