NZME’s Alternative Commentary Collective scores new sports agenda

The Alternative Commentary Collective (The ACC) and parent company NZME have announced a new suit of shows and podcasts.

 Led by Radio Hauraki’s Jeremy Wells, the ACC Big Show is part of the new line up on Friday night, as well as Champagne Rugby returning and the hugely popular BlackClash.

“Having The ACC in the game as a true multi-media sport entertainment offering is exciting given how much ‘the game’ is changing. Sport is such an intrinsic part of the Kiwi way of life, something that’s been reinforced for all of us at The ACC during recent times when the lack of sport to call, chat about and take the mickey out of has been intolerable,” said Wells.

“It seems The ACC has an ever-expanding team of contributors joining the likes of Matt Heath, Ben Hurley, James McOnie, Jason Hoyte, Mike Minogue and Scotty Stevenson. We need to find things to keep them busy,” said Wells.

The ACC will also roll out a first-class suite of sports entertainment podcasts. These will be launched across all NZME platforms including iHeartRadio and will feature fan favourites as well as the new Staf Chat with Mark Stafford (formerly of the TAB) hosting interviews with NZ’s biggest sports stars. 

NZME Chief Revenue Officer Paul Hancox, says sports entertainment is a key focus for NZME. “The ACC is a fan- favourite, and while the commentary is alternative, they are infinitely commercial. This team knock it out of the park when it comes to integrating clients with original content, delivering cut through and delivery with the very best broadcasters in the business.” 

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