As the only television broadcaster of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Australia, Network Ten has revealed its comprehensive live and exclusive program schedule for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, which will be broadcast from February 8, 2014.
Network Ten’s plans include showcasing over 360 hours of live and exclusive coverage across TEN and ONE, including the opening and closing ceremonies.
With more than 550 hours of coverage in total and a stellar team of presenters, reporters and expert commentators, Network Ten will deliver first-rate coverage of all the breathtaking skill, passion, excitement and drama that is synonymous with an Olympic Games.
Eight dedicated channels will also be available on tenplay, enabling viewers to watch their favourite events and athletes anywhere and at any time.
Network Ten Chief Executive Officer, Hamish McLennan, said:
“Sochi will play host to the most spectacular Olympic Winter Games the world has ever seen and Network Ten is delighted to bring all the action to Australians, for free.
“The XXII Olympic Winter Games will be one of the broadcasting events of 2014 and we will present it to Australians across several media platforms.
“The combination of TEN, ONE and tenplay will ensure our coverage of this global sporting event is comprehensive, compelling and engaging,”
Network Ten’s Head of Sport David Barham said:
“This will be a major television event. In sport there is nothing better or bigger than the Olympics and you will only be able to see it on Ten.”
Sochi Tonight will spearhead TEN’s nightly prime time coverage from 6.00pm. Hosted by TEN’s Stephen Quartermain and Winter Olympic gold medalist Alisa Camplin OAM, Sochi Tonight will be broadcast live from Network Ten’s Melbourne studio.
The ultimate viewer’s guide to the Winter Games, Sochi Tonight will preview the upcoming events and competitors, as well as featuring live sport from the qualifying rounds.
Network Ten’s flagship Winter Games program will be Sochi Live. Hosted by Mel McLaughlin at Olympic Park in Sochi and Stephen Quartermain and Alisa Camplin in Melbourne, Sochi Live brings viewers all the action, drama and suspense from the Games as it evolves.
In Russia, Mel will be joined by Winter Olympic gold medalist Steven Bradbury OAM and three-time Olympian and Alpine Skiing great Steven Lee. Their combined wealth of knowledge, experience and passion will prove an invincible team in the commentary box.
Overnight on TEN, Brad McEwan takes over the helm of Sochi Live, with live sport running right through until 5.30am, plus extended coverage on weekends.
ONE will boast 24-hour coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. From 6.00pm to 6.00am on ONE, Greg Rust and Nicole Livingstone will present live coverage, giving viewers the opportunity to watch their favourite Winter Olympic events.
Then right through each day, ONE will encore all of the best highlights, action and medals from overnight in Sochi.
Network Ten’s expert commentary team features a host of experienced specialists including former Olympians David Culbert and Steph Hickey, Snowboard expert Mitch Tomlinson, Freestyle Ski expert Luke Kneller, CEO of Ski and Snowboard Australia Michael Kennedy, TEN Sport journalists Lachie Reid and Rob Waters, TEN Eyewitness News reporter Danielle Isdale and TEN Sport presenter Mark Howard.
In addition, many of Network Ten’s programs are committed to providing extended coverage throughout the day.
Wake Up will present the latest information, boasting overnight results, interviews, live crosses and news brought to viewers by newsreader Nuala Hafner and reporters Magdalena Roze and Mazoe Ford, all live from Sochi.
Throughout the day, TEN Eyewitness News will feature up-to-the-minute coverage from presenters in Sochi including Scott Mackinnon, Matt Doran, Melinda Nucifora and Max Futcher, plus The Project will have its own on-ground presenters filing reports.
Network Ten’s tenplay provides the ultimate digital platform to let viewers drive their own coverage by offering the most comprehensive product seen for an Olympic Winter Games.
With eight dedicated channels available on www.tenplay.com.au viewers will be able to watch their favourite events anywhere and at any time.
An Olympic Winter Games app, interactive website and extensive social media support across all channels including Xbox and zeebox will ensure that consumers will have access to the very best of the XXII Olympic Winter Games.
Network Ten Chief Digital Officer, Rebekah Horne, said:
“The Winter Games fit perfectly with our promise to bring Network Ten’s content to people anywhere, any time and on any device.
“By pulling together the reach and power of TEN, ONE and tenplay, plus Xbox and zeebox, we will be able to give Australians a Winter Olympics viewing and engagement experience like no other.”
The Australian Olympic Committee will send its biggest ever team to compete in Sochi, with more than 50 athletes competing in myriad events.
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Program Schedule on TEN:
6.00pm: Sochi Tonight 6.30pm: The Project 7.30pm/8.30pm: Sochi Live
ONE will boast 24 hour coverage of the Winter Games.