WWE and Nine today announced an agreement to continue broadcasting WWE’s flagship programs Raw and SmackDown on free-to-air television in Australia.
Channel 9GO! will continue airing a weekly one-hour version of Raw between 11:15 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. on Thursdays and a weekly one-hour version of SmackDown between 11:15 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. on Fridays.
“We are excited to be able to present Raw and SmackDown to our audience and WWE’s massive fan base in Australia,” said Alison Hurbert-Burns, Nine’s Director of Content Acquisition & Commercial Development.
“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Nine, a best-in-class TV partner in Australia,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. “This continued partnership enables us to expand our reach in Australia and complements our live programming in the region.”
Raw and SmackDown will also be available on 9NOW, Nine’s platform for authenticated subscribers, for a VOD catch-up window.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 24 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.
When it comes to connecting brands with the passions of Australians, there’s no other media company like Nine. As the home of Australia’s most trusted and loved brands spanning news, lifestyle, entertainment and sport, we pride ourselves on creating and curating quality content, accessed by consumers when and how they want. With investments spanning digital and broadcast, we re-imagine how Australians are entertained, informed and connect through content each and every day. Nine assets include the Nine Network, Nine Digital, a 50% stake in subscription video-on-demand provider Stan, Yellow Brick Road, Car Advice, and a strategic partnership with Microsoft.