Nine brings in Shaw as rugby head after RA deal
Nine Network, the Australian commercial broadcaster, has appointed experienced media executive Murray Shaw as its new head of rugby.
Shaw, whose most recent role was as an executive producer at the Australian Institute of Sport, has also worked as a producer at Australian pay-TV network Foxtel, where he spent 14 years, Sky News and the Victoria Racing Club.
Nine clinched a three-year deal worth A$100 million ($73 million) with Rugby Australia, the governing body for rugby union, for full rights to the code, earlier this month.
Brent Williams, Nine’s director of sport, said: “Murray is an extremely experienced television producer having spent the last 20 years of his career specifically focusing on sport and live sports productions.
“His time with both Fox Sports and Sky News has seen him involved in some of the biggest sporting events in the world, including Olympic Games, Cricket World Cups, Rugby World Cups, Football World Cups.
“His experience in sports broadcasting, stakeholder relationships and management of talent and production teams made him the ideal choice.”
Nine’s deal with RA, which begins in 2021, includes rights to the men’s Super Rugby and women’s Super W clubs competitions, The Rugby Championship for national teams, other Bledisloe Cup games between Australia and New Zealand and women’s Wallaroos test matches.
Coverage will feature on a new sports channel, on digital streaming service Stan, on which all RA content will feature.
The new agreement ends RA's 25-year partnership with Foxtel.