By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE issued the following press release to announce an Australian television agreement.
SYDNEY & STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE: 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.
Powell’s POV: WWE would have been in a tough spot if they had lost their Australian television partner heading into the Super Show-Down stadium event in Australia.