Ten signs HG Nelson and Roy Slaven to present their Russian Revolution

HG and Roy

HG and Roy

Channel Ten has signed one of Australia’s favourite sports comedy duo Roy Slaven and HG Nelson to present a nightly show during the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics in partnership with Samsung Electronics.

‘Roy and HG’s Russian Revolution’ will be broadcast live from Russia and as part of Ten’s Olympics coverage and then be available to see on the dedicated Samsung Stadium app.

The pair will also present a daily half hour comedy show for the Samsung app called “The Ice Stream”, which will later be uploaded to Ten’s digital platform Tenplay.

Nelson will also appear on the panel show that opens Ten’s prime time coverage, Sochi Tonight, presented by Stephen Quartermain and Alisa Camplin.

David Barham, Ten’s head of sport, said in a statement: “Roy and HG are a key signing for Ten. They are proven medal winners, they bring vast Olympic experience and we are looking forward to their insights on Russian culture.”

Samsung is a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games and Arno Lenoir, chief marketing officer for Samsung Australia said it was fitting to bring the commentators back for the winter games of 2014.

Nelson said: “It’s a dream come true to be back at the Olympic coalface. There is no greater thrill in the world of sport than seeing young, fit Australians wearing the green and gold standing on the top step of the podium, wearing medals and grinning.”

And Slaven added: “Ten has given us a great opportunity to look closely at the new Russia and to catch up with old friends newly released from prison. This will be a great games for our Australian winter superstars like Dale Begg-Smith and to unearth new stars the world is yet to hear about.”

Roy and HG presented sports comedy talk show The Dream every night during the Olympics in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, which became one of the most popular events of the Games. They returned to the format to present the Wallabies Test Games in June last year on the Samsung Stadium app.


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