AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) is thrilled to announce a new broadcast partnership for the 2019/20 TIO NTFL season with Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia (ABA).
Covering both television and radio, ABA has jumped on board to take exciting NTFL action directly into the homes and places where our game is most revered.
Encompassing Aboriginal TV Channel 4, Larrakia Radio 94.5FM and Australian Indigenous Radio VAST Channel 913, which reaches 2,400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia, ABA will be broadcasting one TIO NTFL Men's Premier League game every week of the season as part of its new Territory Footy Night on Mondays.
The action commences with the very first game of the season between the Darwin Buffaloes and Tiwi Bombers to be played at TIO Stadium at 2:30pm this Saturday afternoon and replayed from 7pm Monday on Aboriginal TV Channel 4 and simulcast via the radio stations.
The familiar trio of Rob Cross, Ricky Nolan and Matty Hepworth will be back to lead the charge and complemented by others in the NTFL-know throughout the season.
In more exciting news for fans, the AFLNTv Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/AFLNorthernTerritory) will also show a live stream of all Men's Premier League games (games on Bathurst Island are TBC pending available signal), with a number of them to include commentary as part of broadcast agreements with ABA, ABC Darwin and NITV.
The live ABC call can also be heard online through the ABC listen app and the ABC website, while the national TV broadcast via NITV is expected to commence in November, a few rounds earlier than usual.
Men's and Women's Premier League triple headers from TIO Stadium will result in more female footy being live-streamed, beginning immediately in Round 1 with the historic clash between St Mary's and Big River Hawks and followed-up with the grand final rematch between Southern Districts and Waratah. In total, six live streams will be available this weekend on the AFLNTv YouTube channel.
All of this is possible thanks to the work of KIK Digital, who has been a long-standing partner of AFLNT's live streaming and broadcast platform.
AFLNT CEO Stuart Totham said the appetite for the Territory's premier football competition continued to grow every season.
"Last season we live streamed 100 TIO NTFL games on our YouTube channel and had a whopping 4.17 million minutes watched by fans all over Australia and even the world, so it's a real delight to continue to increase our offering.
"With thanks to Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia, we can now also reach Indigenous communities and audiences where we've not been before. There are thousands of aspiring NTFL stars in these regions that we can now reach, and we also open ourselves up to future opportunities like calling games in language. Monday nights dedicated to Territory footy sounds like a great way to extend the weekend's action!
"And with ABC and NITV coming back on board this season we maintain our national broadcast, so we thank them too. I'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Channel 7/Southern Cross who had previously partnered with us for the broadcast of the NTFL and remain great supporters of Territory footy," he said.
Dr Donna Odegaard AM CEO of Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia said she was pleased to have formed an association with the NTFL.
"This new broadcasting partnership with the NTFL is a win-win for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, AFLNT and Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia.
"We can now watch and listen to the NTFL on Monday nights at 7pm on Aboriginal TV Channel 4, Larrakia Radio and Australian Indigenous Radio on the Vast channel 913, with our reach into 2,400 Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander communities.
"This is all about building relationships with AFLNT that positively contribute to the growth and development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and the Indigenous broadcasting sector," she said.
Round 1 broadcast info and live stream links
Men’s Premier League
2:30pm – Darwin Buffaloes vs Tiwi Bombers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dQKe7Dot3k (with commentary thanks to ABA)
Replayed on Aboriginal TV Channel 4, Larrakia Radio 94.5FM and Australian Indigenous Radio VAST Channel 913 at 7pm on Monday.
7pm – Nightcliff vs Southern Districts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xk9-E7j6g8 (with commentary thanks to ABC)
2:30pm – Waratah vs Wanderers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xelSWAdhzB0 (no commentary)
5pm – St Mary’s vs Palmerston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07e9jmSR1Sw (no commentary)
Women’s Premier League
2:30pm - St Marys's vs Big River Hawks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0qaOTPv7Wk (no commentary)
5pm – Southern Districts vs Waratah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKL_nsFCHzw (no commentary)