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Nine and FOX Sports team up for Australian Masters

NineFurther to the breaking news last night.

The Australian Masters announced today a multi-year broadcast partnership with the Nine Network and FOX SPORTS.

In 2009, Nine will broadcast live coverage from Kingston Heath Golf Club on each of the four days with FOX SPORTS also providing live coverage on pay television.

Nine will also incorporate The Today Show into its Australian Masters coverage, featuring interviews with key players and showcasing the world class course at Kingston Heath.

Commenting on the partnership, David Rollo, Vice President-Director of Golf, IMG Australia said:

“Nine and FOX SPORTS have a rich history of broadcasting world class sporting events and IMG is thrilled to enter into this partnership.  The change programme and vision we set out for the Masters late last year is being realised and based on the unprecedented interest this will be Australia’s hottest sporting ticket this coming summer.

As we fully expect the event to be a sell out, fans disappointed not to have secured a ticket will still have the opportunity to experience the event on Nine and FOX SPORTS.”

Jeffrey Browne, Executive Director of the Nine Network, said it was exciting to welcome such a high profile event to Nine’s Wide World of Sports:

“Our brand is built on bringing the best world class events to Australian viewers and the Australian Masters fits perfectly, preceding our summer of International Cricket and our Winter Olympic Games coverage from Vancouver.”

David Malone, CEO of FOX SPORTS said that the Australian Masters was an exceptional addition to the extensive coverage of international golf tournaments that FOX SPORTS already offered viewers across its five dedicated channels.

“Golf is a popular sport with our subscribers and we are delighted that we can continue to provide them complete live coverage of the Australian Masters.”

The Australian Masters will be held at Kingston Heath Golf Club from 12 – 15 November, 2009 and is proudly supported by the Victorian Government.

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