Ian Thorpe to Join Seven Network for Olympic Swimming Coverage

On Monday, it was announced that Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Ian Thorpe will be joining the Seven Network as a commentator for the 2021 Tokyo Games. As reported by TV Blackbox, a Seven Network spokesperson leaked the news to News Corp publications, which is how the story broke.

Owned by Seven West Media, Seven Network is one of Australia’s most prominent commercial free-to-air television networks. The network hosts several notable television programs in addition to the Olympics, including Big Brother Australia, The Voice Australia, Australia’s Got Talent, and Home and Away. 

Initially, Thorpe was set to work with Seven’s commentary team for the 2020 Games. However, with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of the Games, it was unclear whether Thorpe would extend his commitment to the 2021 Games coverage or not. At Seven’s launch event last month, Thorpe’s name was missing from the line-up. According to TV Blackbox, contract negotiations with Thorpe were still in progress.

Prior to Thorpe’s arrival to the team, news media personalities Basil Zempalis and Nathan Tempelton had already committed to their commentary roles for the 2021 Games, as well as Olympic gold medalist and television personality Giaan Rooney. Together, Zempalis, Templeton, Rooney, and Thorpe will cover the portion of the Games for the Seven Network.

At the 2012 Olympics, Thorpe covered the Olympics with BBC alongside ex-Tottenham Spurs football player Gary Lineker. He reportedly charged the cooperation $10,000 a day for his work. His appearance surprised British viewers, but earned Thorpe’s television personality a larger following. Thorpe was a hit with viewers, who enjoyed Thorpe’s “insightful, amicable, and knowledgeable” commentary.

Back in the early 2000s, Thorpe piloted his own reality TV show called Undercover Angels. The show was aired by Channel Seven of the Seven Network, but never renewed. Thorpe also appeared in a few major TV series, including the classic US sitcom Friends and the Australian-based Home and Away. However, his TV career failed to take off in a major way.

Recently, Amazon announced the June 4 launch of their four part docu series titled Head Over Water that will follow four elite Australian swimmers, including Thorpe, Bronte Campbell, Kyle Chambers, and Cody Simpson.

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Mr Piano
2 months ago

Awesome!

Troyy
2 months ago

Not Basil again :-\

Joel
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

I thought he was Mayor of Perth now. Shouldn’t he be doing that instead?

Torchbearer
Reply to  Troyy
2 months ago

Giann is worse…..I cant bear to think of it….

Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  Torchbearer
2 months ago

Yeah we need Bruce. He is peerless. Though Dennis committee is also very good. At least it’s not that rugby guy.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Torchbearer
2 months ago

Cheer up , it may not happen & all your troubles will be over .

Last edited 2 months ago by Corn Pop
Joel
Reply to  Torchbearer
2 months ago

I think Giann is pretty good overall. At least she was a swimmer and is quite knowledgeable. Nicole Livingstone would be awesome to have.

commonwombat
Reply to  Torchbearer
2 months ago

When paired with The King of All Numpties (aka B.Zempilas Esq); she’s pretty dire. When she has someone alongside her who knows what they’re talking about and can keep things on track, she can be quite OK. If poor old Thorpey’s going to be saddled with working alongside both of them (esp at the same time), I fear for the state of his liver.

AJThomas
2 months ago

George Costanza approves the Seven Network

kevin
2 months ago

Gian Roony is hopeless so many mistakes last olympics didn’t prepare .Thorpe speaks to softly hard to understand. Mcavaney and Livingstone the best by a country mile

commonwombat
Reply to  kevin
2 months ago

McAvaney is more athletics/track and field. Livingstone is knowledgable, doesn’t “babble on” and calls what is actually happening rather than some “cheerleading” narrative. She’s probably amongst the very best in this field internationally.

Oceanian
Reply to  commonwombat
1 month ago

In 2012 the swimming commentators on Nine & Foxtel (which included the terrible Rebecca Wilson) were as bad as it could get. How pleased was I to find an international stream where the ‘world feed’ default commentators were Bruce McAvaney & Nicole Livingstone.

Oceanian
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

2016 I mean.

But yes not looking forward to that Zempilas fool and useless Giaan

Sqimgod
2 months ago

Would like to see Phelps on there too

Chlorinetherapy
2 months ago

Well we all know what he’s going to say in the 200 free…..

Crystal Clear
7 days ago

Ian thorpe just controls the hole thing…. hes so painful….. shut up thorpe and let others speak