Seven today announced the pioneering AFL football chat show, Talking Footy, is returning to television on Monday nights throughout the 2013 finals series.
Starting on Monday August 26, Talking Footy will be hosted by Bruce McAvaney with an expert panel comprising dual premiership captain Wayne Carey, former Bulldogs’ great Luke Darcy and – for the first time in a regular TV role – AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.
Seven Melbourne Managing Director Lewis Martin said: “Seven pioneered this original fan favourite and with the finals looming we know there’s a hunger for high quality and insightful news, views and analysis from the biggest names in the game, including the AFL CEO at a time when the game faces the most challenging issues in its history.”
AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou commented: “Channel 7, as our free to air broadcaster, serves our game with wonderful broadcasts and commentary for four games per weekend and we are extremely pleased they have expanded their off-field commitment to the promotion and discussion around our game with the return of Talking Footy for the 2013 Toyota AFL Finals Series.”
Talking Footy first aired back in 1994, and with its in-depth analysis of football on and off the field it set the weekly football agenda for a generation of fans as well as establishing a new benchmark in sports programming on TV.
With original host Bruce McAvaney back in the chair, Talking Footy will be filmed at Seven’s Docklands studios.
Broadcast times Monday August 26: (all local times)
Melbourne Monday 9.40pm on Channel 7
Adelaide Monday 9.40pm on Channel 7
Perth Monday 9.40pm on Channel 7
Sydney Monday 11.30pm on 7mate
Brisbane Monday 11.30pm on 7mate