Ten revives Sports Tonight after seven-year hiatus

Ten is to relaunch its former flagship sports program Sports Tonight after a seven-year break despite the network lacking broadcasting rights to any major Australian sport.

Josh Gibson, Matt White and Laurie Daley

The live news and analysis program will return to screens every Sunday from July 15 at 9:15pm on the Ten and Win Networks.

Hosted by Matt White, who was promoted to Ten’s head of sport in May, Sports Tonight will fill the slot currently held by American crime drama NCIS, with Ten’s most popular show, Masterchef, leading into it.

Originally running from 1993 until 2011, Sports Tonight was axed the same year the network lost television rights to the AFL. The network subsequently entered bidding wars for both the AFL and the NRL, but failed to secure neither.

Now, having recently lost the rights to the Big Bash cricket, Ten is currently lacking any major sports programming in its pipeline.

In its new format, Sports Tonight will include analysis from regular panellists including current and former sports stars such as AFL Premiership player Josh Gibson and Rugby League’s Laurie Daley.

Meanwhile, sports journalists Caty Price and Scott Mackinnon will report on the weekend of AFL and NRL.

White said: “It is fantastic to be bringing Sports Tonight back in a rejuvenated style. This is a sports news show which won’t disappoint and will bring all the latest sports scores, highlights, expert opinion, interviews and analysis to viewers.

“We are introducing a number of new and exciting segments, as well as including the much-loved Play Of The Day. We plan to have a lot of fun each week.”


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