Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:48

Optus Sport readies for FIFA Women’s World Cup broadcast

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The Optus Sport Women's World Cup team assembles ahead of the event The Optus Sport Women's World Cup team assembles ahead of the event

 Optus Sport has announced its female-led broadcast team for the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be staged in France in June and July this year.

Describing its broadcast team as an “incredible list of Australia’s best journalists and football talent”, overnight coverage of the World Cup, which commences on June 7 (June 8 AEST), will be hosted by Melanie McLaughlin and Amy Duggan.

And the broadcast team includes former Matildas and Socceroos players providing expert analysis, including former Matildas Heather Garriock and Alicia Ferguson.

Former Socceroos joining the team are Mark Schwarzer, John Aloisi, current Western Sydney W-League coach Dean Heffernan and current Sydney FC W-League coach Ante Juric.

“It has been a spectacular year of football on Optus Sport. From the 2018 FIFA World Cup through to the UEFA Champions League, I still can’t quite believe what we witnessed in the semi-finals and we have still got an all-England final to go,” host Mel McLaughlin said.

“It sets things up perfectly for Optus Sport’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. I don’t think people realise just how exciting and how massive this tournament is going to be and how lucky we are to be seeing every single minute.

“Add to that, the Matildas are genuine contenders and the whole month is going to feel like Christmas for football fans.”

“We have declared this FIFA Women’s World Cup will be the most comprehensive coverage Australia has seen, and it is this stellar broadcast team that will bring our coverage together for our viewers,” Optus’ Head of TV and Content Corin Dimopoulos said.

All Optus Sport action can be viewed on the television via Fetch, Apple TV, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV or Xbox, or 'on-the-go' via tablets, mobile, desktop or laptop.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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