News Corp names coverage team for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

For the first time, News Corp Australia will be using talent from across the whole business for its Olympic Games coverage in 2020, including the Sky News and Fox Sports teams.

The team going to Tokyo to cover the games will be 44-strong, the largest since the Sydney 2000 Games.

From left to right: Jessica Halloran, Jamie Pandaram, Andrew Rule, Yvonne Sampson, Matty Johns, Kieran Gilbert, Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield, Miranda Wood

Taking the role of Olympic director for the coverage is Fox Sports head of television Steve Crawley, with The Sunday Telegraph’s editor Mick Carroll taking on the role of Olympic editor.

News Corp Australia is the official and exclusive print partner and an official digital partner of the Australian Olympic Committee.

Crawley said the team represents a new approach to the event.

“This team represents a 2020 approach,” he said.

“There has been a traditional way media cover an Olympic Games but the world has changed and so have we. We’re a world-leading media company and we’ll bring our Australian audiences a completely new approach, from both on and off the track.”

Also taking part in the coverage are specialist sports writers and photographers, digital experts and best-selling authors Trent Dalton and Andrew Rule.

Caroll said the team will immerse themselves in the events to provide better coverage for consumers.

“The Olympic Games are not just a sporting carnival,” said Caroll.

“They are a global festival that takes over its host city and showcases a nation’s culture to the rest of the world.

“At every Games it is always striking how many great stories happen outside the games arena and this year our team is organised to capture those stories first and best.

“While other media focus solely on the sports, our reporters will also immerse themselves in the life of the Olympic city to provide audiences with unique insights of what fans will experience. From sumo to shrines, sashimi to Samurai, we’ll cover every angle from an Australian perspective.”

Australian Olympic Committee chief executive officer, Matt Carroll, said News Corp Australia would bring consumers closer to the Games than ever before.
“News Corp Australia will use its combined might to deliver audiences all the moments and memories that we’ll cherish forever of our athletes representing the best of Australia on the world stage. Given the friendly time zone, this is as close as we’ll get to a home Games.”

The coverage will include new sports including surfing and skateboarding.

Award winning journalists and photographers Leo Schlink, Scott Gullan and Phil Hillyard will be joined on the News Corp team, including Fox Sport stars Matty Johns and Yvonne Sampson, as well as Sky News’ chief news anchor and recent Rugby World Cup host Kieran Gilbert.

The reporting team will be matched by commercial solutions, opening the Tokyo 2020 Olympics up to News Corp clients. The reach will be accessible across a wide range of verticals, including sport, news, food, travel, women, prestige, home, business and auto.

The News Corp Australia team for Tokyo 2020 includes:

Steve Crawley (News Corp Australia Olympic director), Mick Carroll (Olympic editor), Matt Kitchin (news editor), Heath Kelly (masthead digital editor), Cameron Tandy (photographic editor), Wally Mason (The Australian), Luke McIlveen, Matty Johns, Trent Dalton, Andrew Rule, Paul Kent, Yvonne Sampson, Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield, Kieran Gilbert, Leo Schlink, Jessica Halloran, Jacqueline Magnay, Jamie Pandaram, Jon Ralph, Peter Badel, Ben Horne, David Riccio, Will Swanton, Brent Read, Wayne Smith, Jai Bednall, Reece Homfray, Miranda Wood, Scott Gullan, Julian Linden, Emily Benammar, Lauren Wood, Joe Barton, Selina Steele, Chris Paine, Alex Coppel (photographer), Phil Hillyard (photographer), Adam Head (photographer), Sarah Reed (photographer), Jason Brookes (video), and production staff.


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