TEN is planning a marathon 12.5 hr coverage of the AFL Grand Final day, the most comprehensive coverage in TV history.
Split across TEN and ONE, it begins at 8am with the North Melbourne Breakfast and ends with a new 2 ½ hour post-game wrap show on ONE.
The commentary team includes Anthony Hudson, Luke Darcy, Robert Walls, Tim Lane and Malcolm Blight, while special guests Liz Ellis and Nicole Livingstone will review the season that was and present interviews with key people of the day.
From 6pm – 8.30pm, ONE will continue the day’s live coverage from the MCG with both team’s press conferences. Fans will also be able to the see the winning festivities both at the ground and at Federation Square along with full post-match analysis, hosted by Anthony Hudson and Luke Darcy.
The AFL Grand Final, will be simulcast on both TEN and ONE with the coverage available in full high definition with Dolby 5.1 surround sound on ONE.
Network TEN General Manager of Sport, David White said, “ONE is for sports lovers whether you are a diehard fan or watching sport for the first time. The AFL Grand Final is the biggest sporting event of the year and everyone wants to know what happens after the siren. To be able to give our viewers more than 12 hours of LIVE coverage is something we are very proud of,” he said.
8AM: Both TEN and ONE will televise the North Melbourne Breakfast live and hosted by Michael Christian before going to the MCG for the first pre-game show looking at the season in review hosted by Anthony Hudson, Robert Walls and Matthew Lloyd.
10:30AM: Luke Darcy, Liz Ellis, Malcolm Blight, Anthony Hudson, Nicole Livingstone and Matthew Richardson will chat to the key players of the day including the coaches and support staff along with televising the excitement of the day with the crowd starting to arrive at the G.
12.30pm to 1.30pm: The Grand Final Preview Show giving viewers at home the definitive guide to the season’s finale. Hosted by Tim Lane along with Robert Walls and Luke Darcy, Network Ten will dissect all the tactical issues and bring the viewer all the late breaking news that happens in the lead up to the match.
1:30PM: Pre-match entertainment before the siren.
Post Game: Following the siren and the on-field celebrations TEN will turn to the evening news while ONE will continue with its extended 2 ½ hour show until 8.30pm.
Times are Eastern Standard Time. Viewers in Perth and Adelaide will also see live coverage from 6am and 7.30am respectively. Viewers in Tasmania will see the coverage on one hour delay on TDT.