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Host Broadcaster for ASB Classic, Heineken Open

27 November 2008

TVNZ signs as long term Host Broadcaster for ASB Classic and Heineken Open

New Zealand’s premier domestic tennis tournaments will go to air on three TVNZ platforms in January.

Tennis Auckland has signed a three year deal for TVNZ to be host broadcaster and Exclusive Broadcast partner for the ASB Classic and Heineken Open – to be played at the ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland in January next year.

The deal covers all Television rights (analogue, digital, subscription) and New Media rights (internet and mobile).

The games will screen live on TV ONE across all days of both tournaments, with feature games replayed via the Sport Extra channel on Freeview. There will also be live streamed coverage on

TVNZ Head of Sport, Murray Needham, says the national broadcaster is delighted to be able to continue a long-standing partnership with Tennis Auckland and these two top-ranking, world class tennis events.

“Tennis Auckland have set high standards for both tournaments and have significant plans for them both in the years ahead. We are determined to support their efforts and those of their sponsors to make this happen”, he says.

Graham Pearce, CEO of Tennis Auckland, says: “Tennis Auckland is very pleased to conclude this three year host broadcast contract with TVNZ. We have a long and successful relationship with the team at TVNZ and free to air coverage plus now Freeview and the live streaming on, means that tennis fans throughout the country can view the ASB Classic and Heineken Open no matter where they may be in New Zealand.”


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