- Benji Marshall has signed a one-year NRL deal with Brisbane for his swan-song season.
- The South Sydney Rabbitohs have announced a two-year contract extension for hooker Damien Cook until the end of the 2019 season.
- The St George Illawarra Dragons have signed Raiders forward Paul Vaughan on a three-year contract.
- Benji Marshall's premiership-winning halves partner Scott Prince believes the Broncos are getting a bargain superstar who will be invaluable to the club.
- The Cowboys and Broncos produced another game-of-the-year contender when a Johnathan Thurston field goal once again separated the 2015 grand finalists.
- A handy 13-man outfit made up entirely of players who have represented Australia without ever (yet) getting a call-up by Blues or Maroons selectors.
- England will have at least five players on debut when they play their first match under new head coach Wayne Bennett.
- It seems as if the NRL season has only just finished, but it's only two weeks until some clubs begin pre-season training for next year.
- The NRL has been officially recognised on the international stage for their School to Work Program at the annual Beyond Sport Awards in London.
- Manly front-rower Jake Trbojevic has revealed the one thing missing from his call-up to the Kangaroos last week: Sea Eagles team-mate Jamie Lyon.
- Gold Coast back-rower Zeb Taia believes Dave Taylor can be a force again in the NRL next season - if the former Origin and Test star works for it.
- Bronson Harrison's rugby league career spanned 11 years, 196 NRL games and 12 Test appearances for New Zealand, but now he is at the forefront of a new career.
- While it's the breathtaking tries that last in the memory banks of forever, it's the tries that players stop that matter most to teammates and coaches.
- Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Coach Trent Barrett plans to play his best players in the team's opening trial match against South Sydney on Saturday, February 11.
- With news Dave Taylor could be making a return to the NRL, we look at 10 players who succeeded in Australia after a stint in England's Super League.
- The Dragons and Raiders stars backed up four days after City v Country to fight out a golden point thriller in Round 10.
- Sydney Roosters forward Boyd Cordner is a genuine contender to fill the vacant NSW State of Origin captaincy position, says coach Laurie Daley.
- Discovery Science will again roll out its Space Month with themed content in November.
Amongst the documentaries featuring are Space’s Deepest Secrets, Death on a Comet: The Rosetta Mission, The Man Who Tweeted Earth and Hubble’s Enduring Legacy.
Hubble’s Enduring LegacySunday 6 November at 8:30pm (AEDT) – Australian TV Premiere
Not since Galileo invented the telescope over 400 years ago has our view of the universe been so transformed.
- There were 36 field goals kicked in 2016, with 15 of the 16 teams slotting one-pointers. Here's a look back at the top six from the Telstra Premiership.
- TEN has sent me a release for tonight’s episode of The Wrong Girl describing it as “a highly emotional and dramatic episode.”
While I wouldn’t go quite that far, it is the strongest of the four episodes I’ve seen thus far.
A sub-plot involving “The Breakfast Bar” co-host Erica Jones (Madeleine West) and co-host Eric Albrectson (Craig McLachlan) goes where no real life breakfast TV show has gone before and it’s a test for Lily (Jessica Marais) step
- Canterbury have unveiled six new signings ahead of the 2017 season headlined by Raiders outside back Brenko Lee.
- SBS has revealed channel highlights for SBS VICELAND which replaced SBS 2 programming from November 15.
The announcement comes just a day after managing director Michael Ebeid told a Senate Estimates hearing the content deal with US-Canadian Vice Media was financially beneficial as it meant not dealing with individual programme suppliers.
SBS has sought to stress it has cherry-picked the best “on charter” content from Vice for the youth-skewing channel, covering topics such as c
- Property proved to be a winner for Nine last night with both The Block (1.05m) and Unreal Estate (684,000) performing well in Total People and the Demos.
That left X Factor second in its slot with 806,000 -a slight gain on Monday’s 798,000. But it was TEN’s All Star Family Feud that plunged to a disappointing 392,000 with the stars of Prisoner and Wentworth -very nearly fifth in its slot.
TEN had much better news with Todd Sampson’s Bodyhack ranking ahead of Cold Feet and perf
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- The Jillaroos and Kiwi Ferns ensured an amazing start to the 2016 representative round by stealing the show in Newcastle, while PNG upset Fiji.
- ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie says the broadcaster needs to be more flexible in offering its content on multiple platforms and not be so tied to traditional scheduled broadcasts.
Asked yesterday at the Senate Estimates hearing, the new ABC boss was asked about the impact Netflix has had on audiences.
“It hasn’t affected iview or ABC Online but it has affected all commercial television stations across the board and it has affected ABC and I’m sure SBS. Particular demog
- Shaynna Blaze renovates a home in her new Foxtel series Deadline Design to the tune of a whopping $500,000 but claims the high price tag is not representative of the whole series.
“Every budget is different. That’s their budget and what they want, but the next budget is $120,000 and the next is $60,000,” she insists.
“We only have two that are (that high).”
For the Blackburn home makeover, Blaze is joined by builder Mike Griggs and emerging designer Yasmine Ghoniem
- ABC’s new managing director Michelle Guthrie is not very keen on a merger with SBS, according to SBS boss Michael Ebeid.
Yesterday at a senate estimates hearing, Ebeid was asked if she had furthered discussions by her predecessor Mark Scott about the two public broadcasters merging.
“I’m not sure she necessarily shares Mr Scott’s views, but you can ask her,” he said.
“The two organisations are very different, we provide very different services, and we were fo
- More details have bee revealed on how the new-look X Factor differs from the past.
Three judges, Guy Sebastian, Iggy Azalea and Adam Lambert have chosen their Top 3 acts. Mel B’s 3 “Underdog” acts will be revealed throughout the first Live show this Sunday night.
Boldly, 1 act from each group will be cut from the competition after the first show, as voted by viewers. 4 acts will be sent packing on Monday night. This will certainly compress the show in keeping with the remainin
- Following their Survivor run, 8 players from two tribes will attempt to outwit, outlast and outplay each other in an All Star Family Feud special on TEN.
Team captain Lee Carseldine leads his Saanapu tribe members Elena Rowland, Sam Webb and Brooke Jowett.
Vavau tribe members Rohan Maclaren, Phoebe Timmins and Sue Clarke will be led by team captain Conner Bethune in a return grudge match set to send sparks flying.
This will air 7:30pm Sunday October 30 on TEN.
- The fourth season of Mr. Selfridge hasn’t been having a very good run on 7TWO lately.
The show started at 7:30pm Fridays, moved to 10:45pm and is now out of schedule.
It is replaced with a Mrs. Brown’s Boys episode this week, which is new for 7TWO but previously played on Seven.
- SBS has made a few changes to its Monday line-up.
UK observational series Skies Over Britain has been bumped from 8:30pm to 4 pm Monday October 31.
Instead it will play The Supervet: Bionic Stories, which follows The Supervet premiere at 7:30pm.
For the first time in the history of The Supervet, these brand new hour-long documentary specials go beyond the operating table to delve deeper into the science behind Professor Noel Fitzpatrick’s cutting edge procedures, revealing
- Heads up Thunderbirds aficionados, Foxtel Arts will screen the 2014 feature, Filmed In Supermarionation which looks at the history of the famed UK series.
This is the story of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the pioneering team that launched Thunderbirds and whose production company championed the puppetry technique known as Supermarionation. The film is hosted by Lady Penelope and Parker – voiced by Sylvia and David Graham respectively – through beautifully recreated puppet sequenc
- Kiwis boss David Kidwell has stood by halfback Shaun Johnson after the star playmaker struggled to make an impact in his side's loss to the Kangaroos.
- It’s Brat Pack v Field Marshals v Flags v Doctor Who in Tom Gleeson’s new tough love quiz. 8pm Wednesday on ABC.
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- After time spent with Penrith Panthers in the NRL, Zak Hardaker is nearing a return to the Super League as he chases a berth in the England rugby league team.
- UK comedy Miranda, starring Miranda Hart, appears set for a return in some form.
According to UK press the cast are rumoured to be reuniting for a movie.
“I can say there will be something,” Sarah Hadland, who played sidekick ‘Stevie’ told The Telegraph, but she can’t or won’t say what.
It was recently confirmed that Hart has joined the cast of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
She was originally confirmed for the Call the Midwife Christmas s
- The MacGyver reboot starring Lucas Till has been granted a full season of 22 episodes by CBS.
The series is averaging 11.35 million US viewers. Despite mostly bad reviews it has been winning its Friday night timeslot.
CBS also gave out the good news to two other shows: comedy Kevin Can Wait featuring Kevin James and drama Bull, starring Michael Weatherly in a show based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw when he worked as a jury consultant.
All three series received orders for an additional
- Freddy is coming to Foxtel this Halloween with a special pop-up channel playing all nine films in the franchise A Nightmare on Elm Street.
The Wes Craven movies will play back to back in order for Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on Saturday, October 29 from 6.00am through to Monday, October 31.
They are also available on demand from October.
· A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Can your nightmares be fatal? In this classic of the horror film genre that launched a movi
- Andrew Fifita won't walk out on the NRL, according to his Sharks premiership-winning teammate and captain Paul Gallen.
- Former Queensland Origin star Chris Flannery has backed the Queensland Rugby League's move to introduce a state-wide under-20s competition in 2017.
- Gourmet Farmer‘s Matthew Evans returns to SBS this week with a new series, For the Love of Meat with Matthew Evans.
In this series he discovers that eating meat ethically and sustainably is more complicated than it seems.
Australians have a massive appetite for eating animals, and after the US, we consume more meat per person than any other country.
Worldwide the average person eats 34kg of meat per year, but in Australia it’s almost three times that – a whopping 90 kilograms*
- An audio problem during a Live cross from Today to tennis star Pat Cash in London this morning, inadvertently led to him saying “I’ve lost it, oh shit, I hope you didn’t hear that.”
Not exactly a big deal, but when Tim Gilbert was forced to throw back to Lisa Wilkinson she couldn’t help but note the moment would wind up as a story online.
“Meantime, he will be a star on news.com.au, I have no doubt.”
News complied with a story and video, noting “A
- Netflix has added 3.2 million international customers in the last three months, far more than the 2 million analysts had predicted.
In the US, numbers rose 21% as hit shows such as Stranger Things and Narcos won over more subscribers.
That helped quarterly revenues rise 31.% to $2.29B ($AU2.98B), sparking a 20% jump in Netflix’s share price.
In the three months to the end of September Netflix had about 83.3 million global subscribers.
Netflix has a strong presence in more than 130 markets
- On Saturday ELEVEN music show The Loop will mark its 250th episode.
Host Scott Tweedie and Liv Phyland will front a primetime special that looks back over nearly 5 years of episodes.
In a music television event, The Loop will create a playlist of the greatest music videos of all time. Viewers will have the chance to request their picks via Facebook for the seven days before the episode goes to air.
As well as the best music playlist in Australia, this special event will look back over the past
- The South Sydney Rabbitohs have added experienced half Luke Kelly to their roster and re-signed back-rower Jack Gosiewski for next season.
- After a season full of nail-biting matches, NRL.com looks at the 10 best goal kickers in the game – who you'd want kicking if your life depended on it.
- The government of Nauru has hit back at a Four Corners story which featured video smuggled out showing refugee children talk of their experiences over the last three years.
Fairfax reports the govt labelled the ABC “an embarrassment to journalism” accusing ABC of racism, political activism and insulting residents.
In its statement, the Republic of Nauru’s “media and public information” unit claimed the children who appeared in the program were “coached”
- The Canberra Raiders confirmed on Tuesday that former Queensland Origin player David Taylor has been offered a short term agreement with the Raiders.
- Discovery turns its cameras onto one of the world’s most stunning harbours for Sydney Harbour Patrol.
The two part series from WTFN will feature marine police, salvage teams, ship yards and environmental protection units.
This was originally announced as a 6 part series with the working title Sydney Harbour Uncovered.
The iconic Sydney Harbour attracts more than 40 million visitors a year and covers 317 kilometres of shoreline. It’s the largest and one of the busiest natural harbour
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