Seven has announced five new commentators to join its AFL team in 2012.
They are Michael Malthouse, Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Cameron Ling, and Brett Kirk.
They join current commentators Dennis Cometti, Bruce McAvaney, Leigh Matthews, Tim Watson, Tom Harley and Matthew Richardson.
AFL Game Day host Hamish McLachlan and Seven’s Perth sports presenter Basil Zempilas will also have expanded roles as match commentators.
Under the 2012-2016 AFL broadcast agreement, Seven will show four games every weekend during the home-and-away season, as well as every final and the Brownlow Medal. Foxtel will have rights to all 9 weekly games played live in HD, plus the Brownlow Medal.
The AFL Grand Final will be shown exclusively live on Seven.
Lewis Martin, Managing Director of Seven Melbourne, said: “This is the start of a new era for AFL on Seven and we’re tremendously excited that they’ve accepted our invitation to come onboard. We reckon we’ve got the best AFL commentary team in the business, some giants of the game, and these new additions only make us stronger. They’re astute, they’re passionate, they’re connected to the game, and they’ll give viewers an insight in the footy they won’t find anywhere else.”
Seven’s Head of Sport, Saul Shtein, added: “When I look at the names on this list, I feel privileged to be a member of the Seven Sport team. It includes some of the greatest players, coaches, captains and callers of all time. Their success, on the field or in the commentary booth, speaks for itself, but it is also their personalities which will provide plenty of entertainment. It is with great anticipation and excitement here at Seven that we look forward to season 2012. We just love the footy.”
Seven is yet to confirm which games will be broadcast in HD.
Michael Malthouse: A triple premiership coach and an icon of AFL football.
Cameron Ling: A triple premiership player who held the cup aloft as Geelong captain in 2011.
Brian Taylor: A boisterous Coleman medalist and one of the kings of football commentary.
Luke Darcy: A champion Bulldogs ruckman and AFLPA MVP winner.
Brett Kirk: The revered Swans captain and premiership player with a unique perspective on life.