More details are in on television coverage for the return of Jessica Watson this Saturday for TEN and ONE, her network sponsor.
Bill Woods will host for TEN and ONE HD as thousands of people are expected to converge on Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House, waving pink flags to welcome the 16yo sailor home.
He will be joined by Jessica’s official welcome party which includes 30 family flown in from overseas and fellow
round-the-world sailors Jesse Martin and Mike Perham, the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic.
TEN’s Senior Political Correspondent Hugh Riminton will be the only journalist travelling on the VIP boat with Jessica’s family and will have the exclusive interview with Jessica’s parents, brother and sister.
Jesse Martin and Mike Perham will board Ella’s Pink Lady and with exclusive access to the yacht which has been her home since October 18th last year.
Sandra Sully will also be on ground to MC official proceedings, while Kathryn Robinson will be at the Opera House.
Jessica Watson: The Homecoming Live
11.00am: Live and exclusive broadcast commences hosted by Bill Woods
11.30am: Jessica sails through the Heads
12.15pm: Arrival at the steps of the Sydney Opera House and exclusive coverage of Jessica’s reunion with her
12.30pm: Official proceedings at the Opera House
TEN will also broadcast Jessica Watson: Sailing Into History on Sunday, May 16 at 6.00pm while Charlie Pickering will also have a one on one interview with Jessica in The 7PM Project on Monday, May 17 at 7.00pm.
Updated: Meanwhile Nine has announced Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson will host Jessica Watson: The Homecoming Live from 11am for two hours with highlights at 5:30pm in Jessica Watson: Welcome Home. Charles Woolley will interview her on 60 Minutes.
Updated: Seven has indicated Mark Ferguson will host a live Seven cross to Jessica’s arrival. And a Seven News chartered yacht with World Champion female surfer Layne Beachley will be among the first to greet her as she sails into Sydney Harbour. At 5.30 pm Tony Squires will host a Seven News special – Jessica Watson – The Home Coming. It will feature all the pictures of her arrival, her reunion with her parents, the first media conference back on Australian soil and interviews with experts including one of the world’s top solo sailors, Australia’s Jon Sanders, who has circumnavigated the globe seven times.
Watson is currently sailing along the NSW coast.