Fox Sports (Australia)

Fox Sports is an Australian group of sports channels,[4] which is owned by Foxtel. Its main competitors are ESPN and beIN Sports, both available as part of a Foxtel subscription.

Fox Sports in Australia differs from other Fox Sports-branded channels in the United States and elsewhere around the world in that it is not owned by Fox Corporation, but by Foxtel. Both companies nonetheless remain under the control of the Murdoch family, as Foxtel is majority-owned by the Murdoch-controlled News Corp Australia.

Fox Sports
Fox Sports logo1
Launched26 January 1995[1]
Owned byFoxtel[2]
Picture format576i (SDTV) 16:9
1080i (HDTV) 16:9
Audience shareFox Sports 1: 0.2%
Fox Sports 2: 0.1%
Fox Sports 3: 0.1%
Fox Sports 4: 0.6%
Fox Sports 5: 0.1% (November 2015, [3])
SloganWe're a Fox Sporting Nation
HeadquartersArtarmon, New South Wales
Formerly calledPremier Sports (prior to 19 February 1996)
Sister channel(s)Fox Cricket
Fox Footy
Fox League
Fox Sports News
FoxtelFoxtel 4K:
Channel 444 (4K)
Fox Sports 503:
Channel 257 (HD)
Channel 503 (SD)
Fox Sports 505:
Channel 259 (HD)
Channel 505 (SD)
Fox Sports 506:
Channel 260 (HD)
Channel 506 (SD)
Fox Sports More:
Channel 264 (HD)
Channel 507 (SD)
FoxtelFox Sports 503:
Channel 257 (HD)
Channel 503 (SD)
Fox Sports 505:
Channel 259 (HD)
Channel 505 (SD)
Fox Sports 506:
Channel 260 (HD)
Channel 506 (SD)
Fox Sports More:
Channel 264 (HD)
Channel 507 (SD)
*Same channel numbers for Optus TV Featuring Foxtel
Foxtel NowFox Sports 503:
Channel 503
Fox Sports 505:
Channel 505
Fox Sports 506:
Channel 506
Fox Sports More:
Channel 507
Streaming media
Foxtel GoFox Sports 503:
Channel 503
Fox Sports 505:
Channel 505
Fox Sports 506:
Channel 506
Fox Sports More:
Channel 507
Kayo SportsFox Sports 503
Fox Sports 505
Fox Sports 506
Fox Sports More


Fox Sports started life as the Premier Sports Network (later just 'Premier Sports') as the only fully operational local channel at the launch of Australia's first pay-television service, Galaxy.[1] Premier Sports' backers included American company Prime International, which later became part of Liberty Media.

The service was launched at 16:00 on 26 January 1995 in Sydney, and made a name for itself, securing the rights to Australia's cricket tour of the West Indies. Previously Australian cricket tours had been covered on the Nine Network on free-to-air, and Nine tried to stop the broadcast under Australia's 'anti-siphoning' rules, which state that certain popular sporting events cannot be screened exclusively on pay television. PSN signed a deal with Network Ten to share the broadcast rights.

When Foxtel launched its cable service later that year, PSN was included as part of the package. Between 1995 and 2010, Fox Sports aired National Basketball League (NBL) games. On 1 March 1996, PSN was relaunched as Fox Sports Australia, to coincide with the new Super 12 rugby union competition and the proposed launch of the Super League.

In 1997 a secondary channel was launched on Foxtel to carry broadcasts of the new Super League competition. Fox Sports and its chief competitor, Sports Australia shared the rights to NRL broadcasts as a result of the legal settlement in the Super League war. The channel on Foxtel was later relaunched as Fox Sports Two, at first broadcasting from Friday through Monday each week, and later expanding to a full 24-hour, 7-day service in 2002.

When Optus Vision dropped the C7 Sport service in March 2002, they started carrying the Fox Sports channels. These were referred to by Optus as "Optus Sports 1" and "Optus Sports 2" in Optus promotional material; on-air programming referred to the channels as simply "Sports One" and "Sports Two", although programming such as the nightly Fox Sports News bulletins retained the Fox name. Optus dropped the "Optus Sports" name in October 2002.

Fox Sports Two was generally used to cover bigger events that require large amounts of air time, such as the 1998 Winter Olympics, Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and the 2004 European Football Championship. It now specialises as a 24/7, dedicated Rugby League channel, Fox League.

During the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Fox Sports carried an additional eight channels dedicated to Games events. These were available to customers at an additional charge.

Fox Sports has been the exclusive broadcaster of the Hyundai A-League since its first season in 2005. In 2006, an A$120 million deal between the FFA and Fox Sports was reached after the end of the first season. Under the deal, Fox Sports will have exclusive rights from 2007 to all Socceroos home internationals, all A-League and Asian Cup fixtures, World Cup qualifiers through the AFC, and all AFC Champions League matches.

The deal to cover the A-league live and exclusive has reaped big rewards for Fox Sports, its ratings were very strong in the 2006-07 season and the 2007 A-league grand final became at the time, Fox Sports' highest ever rating event.[5]

Ratings for football have generally been very good. The Socceroos first game of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, attracted 345,000 viewers,[6] while their Quarter final drew an average of 419,000[7] - at the time, an all-time record for Australian Pay TV. This record was broken on 1 April 2009, when the Socceroos defeated Uzbekistan to put them very close to qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This match was watched by an average of 431,000 people.[8]

In 2007, Fox Sports reached a deal to broadcast 4 games live and exclusive from the AFL each week. This includes the exclusive only Sunday twilight match. In addition they will broadcast Friday night games live into New South Wales and Queensland via channel 518 at no extra charge - normally used for pay-per-view service Main Event. When channel 518 a is used in this way it is promoted as Fox Sports Plus on-air.

The channel is being used increasingly to show live events when Fox Sports has a clash involving its main 3 channels. On Saturday 17 March 2007, for example, Fox Sports broadcast a match from the 2007 Cricket World Cup (Ireland v Pakistan) live on 518, as it was committed to football, rugby union and another cricket match on its main 3 channels.

In 2010 Fox Sports coverage of National Rugby League games held 73 out of the top 100 programs of any type aired Foxtel. In February 2012, the Premier Media Group changed its name to Fox Sports Pty Limited.[9]

On 5 March 2013, Fox Sports unveiled its new headquarters at Artarmon, New South Wales. It was announced that the main studio would be named the Clive Churchill Studio after the NRL immortal Clive Churchill, as the studio will house NRL coverage. Technical innovations were the main highlight, with CEO Patrick Delany unveiling the FoxKopter, the FoxMobile Segway, Ref Cam and Cornerpost Cam. Fox Sports also launched a new corporate logo in line with its global affiliate broadcasters.[10][11]

On 3 September 2014, Fox Sports announced that SPEED and Fuel TV would be rebranded as FOX Sports 4 and FOX Sports 5 on 3 November 2014, of which both will be available in HD. In addition, it was announced that FOX Sports News would launch a HD feed on the same day, taking FOX Sports' suite to 7 channels, all available in HD.[12][13]

On 23 February 2017, Fox Sports More, a new channel for live, pop-up events was launched. In 2018, Fox Sports Pty Ltd was merged with Foxtel.

Fox Sports Australia Logos
Fox Sports logo used from 2008 until 2013.


  • Fox Sports News: Channel 500 & Channel 254 in HD.
  • Fox Cricket: Channel 501 & Channel 255 in HD. Branded as Fox Sports 1 prior to 23 February 2017, then branded as Fox Sports 501 from 23 February 2017 to 17 September 2018.
  • Fox League: Channel 502 & Channel 256 in HD. Branded as Fox Sports 2 prior to 23 February 2017.[14]
  • Fox Sports 503: Channel 503 & Channel 257 in HD. Branded as Fox Sports 3 prior to 23 February 2017.[14]
  • Fox Footy: Channel 504 & Channel 258 in HD.
  • Fox Sports 505: Channel 505 & Channel 259 in HD .Branded as Fox Sports 4 prior to 23 February 2017.[14]
  • Fox Sports 506: Channel 506 & Channel 260 in HD. Branded as Fox Sports 5 prior to 23 February 2017.[14]
  • Fox Sports More: Channel 507 & Channel 264 in HD. Although broadcast 24/7, the channel only acts as a pop-up channel with only occasional programming.[14]

Extra channels (on Foxtel)

Former channels

  • Fox Sports 501: Channel 501. Also available in HD. Replaced by Fox Cricket.
  • Fox Sports +: The Main Event channel was used as an "overflow" channel when multiple live sporting events needed to be broadcast. This included Friday Night AFL in New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory and Saturday Nights in New South Wales (excluding the Wagga Wagga market) and Canberra. It was also used nationwide for a Socceroos game in June 2007. On many occasions the Main Event channel was used when the Premier League had multiple games on the one night, although usage in this capacity is rare now that the "Viewer's Choice" system of showing multiple matches on one channel through multi-casting (pressing the "Red Button" on a Foxtel/Austar remote control). Unlike the AFL, the NRL was never broadcast into Southern Australia through Fox Sports Plus on Friday nights, leaving its Southern Australian fans having to wait until at least after midnight for a replay of the match on local free-to-air channels up until 2012.
  • Fuel TV (replaced by Fox Sports 505)[12][13]
  • Speed (replaced by Fox Sports 506)[12][13]
  • Fox Sports Plus: Launched on 6 September 2012, the channel showed what live and upcoming sports were available via Viewer's Choice on Fox Sports 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.[15] The channel ceased broadcasting on 9 February 2017, and was replaced on 23 February 2017 by Fox Sports More.[14]
  • Fox Sports 2: Channel 502. Also available in HD. Replaced by Fox League.[14]
  • Sports Play powered by Fox Sports (available on Xbox 360, Telstra T-Box, and Foxtel on Internet TV until 2013, when Fox Sports 1-3 launched on these services.)[4][16]
  • Footy Play+ powered by Fox Sports (available on Xbox 360, Telstra T-Box, and Foxtel on Internet TV).


Current programming

Former programming

Sports/competitions televised by Fox Sports (in 2019)

Australian rules football

  • Australian Football League Premiership Season (Broadcasts three matches live during most weekends of the regular season whenever sister channel Fox Footy, is screening another LIVE match at the same time. Fox Sports occasionally screens other programming such as magazine and panel shows that are produced and broadcast by Fox Footy.


Combat sports

  • Cage Fighting Championship
  • Evolution
  • Fight Call Out (2017–present)[17]
  • Fox Sports Friday Night Fights
  • Hammer Time
  • Knees of Fury
  • Legend MMA
  • Maximus Academy
  • UFC Fight Week[18]
  • The Ultimate Fighter
  • WWE Raw - one-hour versions
  • WWE Smackdown - one-hour versions



Field hockey


Ice hockey


Formula racing

Open wheel

Stock Cars

Touring Cars


Drag racing





Rugby league

Rugby union



Ten-pin bowling



Fox Sports is available nationally and is available on Foxtel's My Sport package and Optus featuring Foxtel's Total Sport package.

See also


  1. ^ a b Bertolus, Phil (2 February 1995). "At home with Pay TV". The Age Green Guide. Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 1. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  2. ^ News Corp strengthens grip on enlarged Foxtel The Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media, 2018
  3. ^ "Ratings Week 47 (15/11/2015 - 21/11/2015)" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b "About Fox Sports". Fox Sports. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Big Audience For A-league Final".
  6. ^ "footballboots big league". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Japan Game a TV Record". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
  8. ^ "Crikey - On politics, media, business, the environment and life".
  9. ^ Knox, David (29 February 2012). "Premier Media changes name to Fox Sports Australia". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  10. ^ Knox, David (6 March 2013). "FOX Sports launches new HQ TV Tonight". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Fox Sports unveils fresh new look, leading technology ahead of exciting winter season The Cou". The Courier Mail. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  12. ^ a b c Knox, David (3 September 2014). "FOX Sports adding two more channels". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  13. ^ a b c Mark@ (3 September 2014). "BEST YEAR EVER IN 2015 DEMANDS SEVEN HIGH DEFINITION FOX SPORTS CHANNELS". KnowFirst. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g PaigeTurner (16 February 2017). "FOX SPORTS More launches 23 February on channel 507 in HD". Foxtel. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  15. ^ Knox, David (28 August 2012). "FOX Sports Plus channel to launch". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Foxtel on Internet TV Channel Packages". Foxtel. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  17. ^ a b
  18. ^ a b
  19. ^ "Fox Sports to show Indian Super League". 15 September 2014.
  20. ^ "World Surf League: FOX SPORTS to showcase world's best surfers". Foxtel. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  21. ^ Hickman, Arvind (15 November 2017). "SBS continues to push the boundaries by tackling diversity, sexism, racism in 2018". AdNews. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  22. ^ Knox, David (19 June 2017). "SBS secures US Open finals". TV Tonight. Retrieved 19 June 2017.

External links

A-League transfers for 2009–10 season

This list contains the transfers for the 2009–10 A-League season. It includes all transfers to an A-League club, but not players leaving A-League clubs. Promotions from youth squads to the first squad of the same club are also not included.

Clayton Oliver

Clayton Oliver (born 22 July 1997) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A midfielder, 1.87 metres (6 ft 2 in) tall and weighing 83 kilograms (183 lb), Oliver is known for his capabilities on the inside due to his handball and clearance work. He was a late bloomer in his junior career, where he struggled to play in the TAC Cup in 2014 and he missed selection in the 2015 AFL Under 18 Championships. After playing with the Murray Bushrangers in 2015, his achievements included best and fairest wins for the league and the Murray Bushrangers, which resulted in Melbourne drafting him with the fourth selection in the 2015 AFL draft. He made his debut in the 2016 season, which garnered a Rising Star nomination. After his second season in the AFL, he was adjudged the best young player by the AFL coaches. Was forced to take out AVO’s against Peter Carter and Sam Capogreco after they stole his underwear post game.

Fox Cricket

Fox Cricket is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to screening cricket (both domestic and international) matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited and is available throughout Australia on Foxtel. The channel was launched on 17 September 2018.

Fox Footy

Fox Footy (stylised as FOX FOOTY) is an Australian rules football subscription television channel dedicated to screening Australian rules football matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited, operated out of their Melbourne based studios and available throughout Australia on Foxtel, and Optus Television. The channel is a revival of the former Fox Footy Channel, which was in operation between 2002–2006. The channel recommenced prior to the 2012 AFL season after a new broadcast agreement was reached between the former Premier Media Group, Austar, Foxtel and the Australian Football League (AFL). Fox Footy is currently the most watched channel on Foxtel.

Fox League

Fox League is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to screening rugby league (both domestic and international) matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited and is available throughout Australia on Foxtel. The channel was launched on 27 February 2017.

Fox Sports News (Australia)

Fox Sports News is an Australian cable and satellite sports news channel, owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited (formerly Premier Media Group) and is the sister channel of Fox Sports.

Fox Sports News launched on 1 October 2006. Initially, for 6 hours a day (midnight – 6 am AEST) the channel would simulcast Sky Sports News, similar to the set-up of Australian News channel Sky News Australia. It was later replaced by a continuous loop of different newscasts broadcast that day.

On 5 March 2013 at Fox Sports new headquarters launch in Artarmon, New South Wales, among the announcements relating to Fox Sports was the new logo of Fox Sports and Fox Sports News which is in line with its global affiliate broadcasters.On 3 November 2014, Fox Sports News launched a HD simulcast. In addition, it moved from channel 513 to channel 500.Fox Sports News is available at the Fox Sports website free of charge. However, its live stream is only accessible in Australia.

The live programming has always been varied since the channel's launch. It was originally live from 6 am - midnight, then 6 am - 1 am, and 5 am - 1 am. It currently runs live programming from 5:30 am to 12:30 am.

Fox Sports Pty Limited

Fox Sports Australia Pty Limited (formerly Premier Media Group Pty Limited) is a subsidiary of News Corp Australia that owns sports-related television networks and digital properties. It owns Australian subscription TV channels Fox Sports, Fox Sports News and Fox Footy and a range of video, text and statistical content for television, mobile phone and online delivery.

In February 2012, Premier Media Group changed its name to Fox Sports, with CEO Patrick Delany explaining “The change from Premier Media to Fox Sports provides a stronger reflection of the core business of the company in its name, which is, and will continue to be, sport."

Fox Sports broadcasts an average of around 20 hours of live sport per day into 2.5 million homes around Australia on subscription television with six million potential viewers through Foxtel and Optus TV. The Fox Sports channels are also available in more than 5,100 hotels and licensed venues as well as 180,000 hotel rooms throughout Australia.

Fox Sports currently has broadcast rights for the AFL, NRL, A-League, Socceroos, English Premier League, Super Rugby, Wallaby tests, domestic and international cricket, Golf Majors, Tennis Grand Slams, Basketball and Motorsport.

On 2 November 2012, News Corp. took control of Consolidated Media Holdings after a $2 billion merger was approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Federal Court and Consolidated Media Holding shareholders, making News Corp. 100% owner of Fox Sports Pty Ltd.

Fuel TV (Australia)

Fuel TV was a cable and satellite action sports network that airs in Australia. It launched in 2004, and was owned by Fox Sports Pty Ltd. Fuel TV mainly aired content originally sourced for the now defunct American Fuel TV.

It also screened limited original content, UFC programming, Impact Wrestling and formerly aired Attack of the Show! and X-Play from G4 until their January 2013 cancellation. It also showed live coverage of all ASP World Tour men's surfing events. It was also used as an "overflow" channel for Fox Sports Australia when all 3 main Fox Sports are being used for other obligations and they have a fourth, motorsport/extreme sport obligation, which gets shown on Fuel TV live, and delayed on Fox Sports.

For non-motorsport/extreme sport obligations, Pay-per-view channel Main Event is used to broadcast the program under the "Fox Sports Plus" banner, for no extra cost to a Foxtel/Austar subscription.

On 2 November 2014, Fuel TV closed and was replaced by Fox Sports 4.

Matthew Johns

Matthew James Johns (born 27 July 1971) is an Australian rugby league media personality, commentator and former professional player. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative five-eighth, Johns played his club football primarily with the Newcastle Knights, alongside his younger brother, Andrew Johns. Since March 2011, Johns has been a co-host on the Triple M Sydney breakfast show called The Grill Team with Mark Geyer. Since 2012, Johns has been a part of the Fox Sports NRL coverage. He also had his own show for one season, The Matty Johns Show.

Max Gawn

Max Gawn (born 30 December 1991) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A ruckman, 2.08 metres (6 ft 10 in) tall and weighing 109 kilograms (240 lb), Gawn is capable of contributing in both the ruck and forward line. A basketballer and rugby union player at a young age, he pursued his career in Australian rules football and was drafted to the Melbourne Football Club with the thirty-fourth selection in the 2009 AFL draft. He made his AFL debut in the 2011 AFL season. Knee and hamstring injuries hampered his first four seasons in the AFL before he moved into the number one ruck position at Melbourne in 2015 along with All-Australian selection in 2016.

Megan Barnard

Megan Barnard is a sports presenter for Fox Sports News Australia.She was previously a sports presenter for Sky News Australia.

Barnard studied at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, completing a Bachelor of Mass Communication, majoring in journalism, before joining NBN Television on the Gold Coast as a sports reporter.

She joined Australia's subscription news channel Sky News Australia in 2007.

Monday Night with Matty Johns

Sunday Night with Matty Johns is an Australian sports television series aired on Fox Sports on 4 March 2013. The show previously on Monday nights, but changed to Sunday night in 2018.

The show expanded to two nights a week (Mondays and Thursdays) on Thursday 5 March 2015. In 2016, the show went back to one night (Mondays) due to Fox Sports televising Thursday Night Football.

NRL 360

NRL 360 is an Australian nightly NRL talk show that deals with the issues in the NRL. It began airing on Fox Sports on 6 March 2013.

NRL Touch Premiership

The NRL Touch Premiership is the premier national domestic touch football competition in Australia. It was formed in 2018, through a partnership between its governing body, Touch Football Australia (TFA), and the National Rugby League (NRL). The premiership includes a separate men's and women's competition, and features elite touch football players from around Australia, many of which are current Australian representatives.

Paul Kent (journalist)

Paul Kent is an Australian journalist and former rugby league footballer.

In 1989 he played in one first grade match for the Parramatta Eels at halfback, becoming the 481st player for the club.Since retiring he has become a journalist and now works for The Daily Telegraph and is the co-host on NRL 360. He has written two books; Sonny Ball and Johnny Lewis: The Biography — about Sonny Bill Williams and Johnny Lewis, respectively. Sonny Ball was chosen as one of the best sports books of 2015 by Australian newspaper The New Daily. Kent is a weekly panel member for Triple M's Sunday NRL Show.

Speed (Australian TV network)

Speed was an Australian satellite and cable television sports network dedicated to motorsport. The network was owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited and launched on 1 November 2010. It is a sister of the now defunct US channel of the same name, although it is no longer corporately connected due to the split of News Corporation, as Fox Sports Australia is included in News Corp and not 21st Century Fox.

On 2 November 2014, Speed closed and was replaced by Fox Sports 5.

Super W

The Super W is a women's rugby union competition held in Australia. The inaugural season was in 2018. The NSW Waratahs are the most successful team, with two titles as of 2019.

The Golf Show

The Golf Show, currently branded as The New Golf Show, is an Australian golf television series broadcast on Fox Sports on Tuesday nights.

Yvonne Sampson

Yvonne Sampson (born 21 July 1980) is an Australian television sports presenter and commentator.

Sampson currently works for Fox Sports. She has previously worked for Nine's Wide World of Sports and was weekend sports presenter for Nine News Sydney.

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