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Nine appoints new boss for Cricket coverage

SportKevin Perry

Channel Nine commentators Mark Taylor, Michael Slater and James Brayshaw
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The Nine Network has confirmed Brent Williams as the new Head of its Cricket coverage.

Williams has worked at the Nine Network for the past 20 years, spending a decade steering the ship of the hugely successful AFL Footy Show.

The appointment of Williams comes after Brad “Buzz” McNamara stepped down earlier this month after 9 years leading the networks cricket coverage.

It will be interesting to see if Williams will implement much change to Nines commentary line-up, with many fans complaining the coverage feels stale, particularly in comparison to Ten's Big Bash presentation.

During Williams time at Nine he has also worked extensively on live sports broadcasts, including the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, the London Summer Olympics, as well as 10 AFL EJ Whitten Games and five years of AFL broadcasting when Nine was the rights holder.

In addition to sport, Williams has overseen a variety of large-scale, live entertainment broadcasts, including the past five TV Week Logie Awards and Carols by Candlelight, as well as several Allan Border Medal Awards.

Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone said:

“Brent is a leader with a proven track record of building and leading great broadcast teams. He’s an accomplished live television producer with a love of sport, especially cricket. Having worked at Nine for close to 20 years, Brent also knows the business internally, which gives him a great head start.”

 

Brent Williams said:

“It’s a great honour to be joining the Wide World of Sports team. I’m aware of the huge responsibility that comes with overseeing the broadcast of Australia’s only national sport and am excited to be working with the legendary commentary team.”


Williams’ role will see him incorporate extra responsibilities across Digital, Sales, and the Nine Network’s involvement with Cricket Australia.

Brent Williams’ appointment is effective immediately.

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