Foxtel will showcase a week-long schedule of women’s sports programming on a special pop-up channel culminating in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final on International Women’s Day.
FOXW (Channel 507) will be available from Monday, March 2 to Sunday, March 8.
This also follows a 2017 federal budget allocation of $30m to Foxtel to help promote “underrepresented sports including women’s sport”.
“As Australia’s leading sports broadcaster FOX Sports has also become the loudest voice in support of women in sport with Foxtel broadcasting more women’s sport, all in one place, than any other Australian broadcaster,” Head of FOX Sports, Peter Campbell, said.
“We set out to celebrate and put a spotlight on female participation in sport to mark International Women’s Day, but quickly realised that we couldn’t do it in a day, so we will do it all week on a dedicated pop up channel FOXW on Foxtel.
“Female participation in sports is increasing every day and we now see the sporting world in a very unique position with professional avenues for numerous sports such as AFLW, WBBL, WNBL, W League, NRLW and Super W, all of which are broadcast right here on FOX Sports.
“FOX Sports not only showcases the best female athletes but we also have some of the best female presenters covering sports, including women’s sport – they are authentic, passionate sports fans as well as excellent journalists and presenters, and we will also celebrate them across this special week of programming on FOXW.
“FOXW on Foxtel is a week-long celebration and spotlight of women in sport. But for FOX Sports, this isn’t a one-week stunt. Our commitment to women in sport – on the field, in production, in our newsrooms, behind the scenes and in key executive and administrative roles at FOX Sports is all year round – we are simply showcasing a part of that commitment, all in one place, for one week.”
FOXW will host the World Premiere of the six-part series Call My Name on Monday, March 2 at 7.00pm. Call My Name features special interviews of some of Australia’s biggest and best current female athletes including cricketer Ellyse Perry, Matilda Sam Kerr, Basketballer Liz Cambage, AFLW star and boxer Tayla Harris, major golf champion Hannah Green and professional rugby league player Tiana Penitani.
FOXW will simulcast FOX Cricket’s Live broadcasts of the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 on Thursday, March 5 and also the Sunday, March 8 Final on International Women’s Day at the MCG which hopes to break the record of 90,185 people attending a single women’s sports event.
The channel will also include Live coverage of various women’s sports events including game 2 of the WNBL Grand Final Series, six games of the round 5 of AFLW and game 1 of the Hockeyroos in their series against Argentina.
In additional to live sports broadcasts, the FOXW schedule will feature a range of supporting programming for viewers across the week, including:
• A special “women’s week” edition of The Back Page, premiering at 6.00pm on Tuesday, March 3;
• Call My Name, world premiere Monday, March 2 at 7.00pm. Episode 1 will feature cricketer Ellyse Perry; Episode 2 Matilda Sam Kerr; Episode 3 boxer and AFLW star Tayla Harris; Episode 4 basketballer Liz Cambage; Episode 5 Hannah Green; and Episode 6 rugby league star Tiana Penitani
• Sportswoman, a series which showcases inspiring stories, action and development of female athletes from around the world;
• Beyond The Boundary, a two-part documentary special which takes viewers inside the Australian Women’s Cricket team’s successful 2019 Ashes campaign in the UK in 2019; and
• Amazing Wins, which re-lives some of the most amazing moments in women’s sport, from Ash Barty’s 2019 Roland Garros victory, NRLW State of Origin, World Surf League wins by Steph Gilmore and Tyler Wright, and the AFLW Grand Final.
Monday, March 2
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Live with no ad breaks during play with coverage from 10.30am to 2.00pm
Australia v New Zealand ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Live with no ad breaks during play with coverage from 2.15pm to 6.00pm
Call My Name, World Premiere Monday, March 2 at 8.00pm – Episode 1 (Elysse Perry), Episode 2 (Sam Kerr), Episode 3 (Tayla Harris)
Tuesday, March 3
Pakistan v Thailand ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Live with no ad breaks during play with coverage from 2.30pm to 6.00pm
The Back Page “Women’s Week” Special, premieres 6.00pm to 7.00pm
West Indies v South Africa ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Live with no ad breaks during play from 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Wednesday, March 4
WNBL Grand Final Game 2 Live from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Call My Name, World Premiere Wednesday, March 4 from 6.00pm – Episode 4 (Liz Cambage), Episode 5 (Hannah Green), Episode 6 (Tiana Penitani).
Thursday, March 5
Semi-final 1 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Live with no ad breaks during play with coverage from 2.15pm to 6.00pm
Semi-final 2 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Live with no ad breaks during play with coverage from 6.15pm to 10.00pm
Friday, March 6
AFLW Round 5 Gold Coast v Geelong, Live with no ad breaks during play from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
Field Hockey Australia v Argentina (Game 1), Live from 9.00pm to 11.00pm
Saturday, March 7
AFLW Round 5 Kangaroos v Adelaide, Live with no ad breaks during play from 3.00pm to 5.00pm
AFLW Round 5 GWS v Richmond, Live with no ad breaks during play from 5.00pm to 7.00pm
AFLW Round 5 Carlton v St Kilda, Live with no ad breaks during play from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Sunday, March 8
AFLW Round 5 Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, Live with no ad breaks during play from 1.00pm to 3.00pm
AFLW Round 5 Melbourne v West Coast, Live with no ad breaks during play from 3.00pm to 5.00pm
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, Live with no ad breaks during play from 5.00pm to 9.30pm.