Following earlier speculation, Eddie McGuire has been confirmed as a Foxtel AFL recruit, in a deal which sees him shared with Nine.
He will host his own football show on FOX Sports and will call at least a game a week, but none involving Collingwood.
He will continue to host Hot Seat for Nine and other major events, such as the Olympics, for Nine.
“I’ve been very lucky in that David Gyngell and Jeff Browne thought that it was a great idea … and ultimately we were able to pull it together,” he told the Herald Sun.
“I think I’m the first person to sign with two networks at once.”
Apologies to Molly Meldrum who has been with Foxtel and Seven for several years…
Both McGuire and Foxtel have clearly moved on from the stoush that went on during the Vancouver Olympics when Foxtel boasted broadcasting a Gold Medal ceremony for Torah Bright while Nine was running ads for Woolworths.
At the time Foxtel said: “This follows a disastrous 48 hours for the free-to-air network after hosts Eddie McGuire and Mick Molloy made homophobic comments about two US ice skaters. These comments have now hit America’s second largest website Yahoo! Sport while the “Eddie McGuire is Ruining the 2010 Winter Olympics coverage” Facebook site now totals 3,340 fans – one thousand more than five hours ago.”
Guess a lot of ice has flowed under the bridge since then.
Former Hawthorn player Dermott Brereton is also expected to join Foxtel.
The FOX Footy channel will launch on February 17 for the opening round of the NAB Cup.