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ABC secures domestic audio rights for Australian Open tennis

ABC secures domestic audio rights for Australian Open tennis

ABC, the Australian public-service broadcaster, has clinched the domestic audio rights for the upcoming Australian Open tennis grand slam.

The deal, forged with Tennis Australia, marks a pivotal moment as ABC will deliver live and ad-free coverage of the event through its ABC local radio network and ABC listen digital platform. This collaboration marks the broadcaster’s return to providing comprehensive coverage for the first time since 2015.

Previously held by Sports Entertainment Network (SEN), the radio rights have now transitioned to ABC, with ABC listen set to cover all the tournament’s action, including both morning and evening sessions, live and uninterrupted. Audiences can tune in through a dedicated Australian Open button on the ABC listen platform. The broadcaster also plans to complement the live coverage with additional programming across its various platforms.

“We are delighted to partner with the ABC in an agreement that will allow existing and new fans alike to experience the thrilling action of the Australian Open,” Cedric Cornelis, Chief Commercial Officer at Tennis Australia, stated.

The Australian Open, scheduled from January 14 to 28, is set to captivate fans in Australia and worldwide. While live television coverage in Australia will be delivered by the Nine Network, thanks to a deal extending through 2025, ABC’s acquisition of audio rights expands the accessibility of the tournament to a broader audience.

Ben Latimer, ABC head of audio, added, “The ABC is committed to making our iconic sporting moments accessible to all Australians. I’m delighted we have the opportunity to bring the Australian Open to our audiences live and free on our broadcast and digital platforms.”

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