13 September 2011
Rex Hunt’s iconic AFL broadcasting career will extend for at least another three seasons after he agreed to an exclusive contract with regional Australian football provider Crocmedia.
Hunt will continue to be a key cornerstone in Crocmedia’s regional syndicated call “AFL LIVE”.
Crocmedia is continuing discussions with the AFL over a new broadcast rights arrangement.
Hunt has also agreed to return to his great passion for fishing.
Hunt and Crocmedia are developing a national fishing and outdoor program across Australia as part of the new arrangement.
Hunt, who next year will be in his 33rd year as an AFL broadcaster, today thanked Triple M for the past two seasons.
But he said the opportunity to connect with regional Australia and develop his own vision for fishing and outdoor activity was too good to refuse.
“I had a fantastic time at Triple M and Austereo and I applaud them for giving me a chance to talk to a whole new audience over the past two years,” Hunt said.
“It’s been a thrill to work with the likes of James Brayshaw and Garry Lyon and the whole team are true professionals.
“I wish them great success and thank them for giving me such a tremendous opportunity but it’s time now to move on.”
Crocmedia chief executive Craig Hutchison said Hunt’s influence on the way the game was perceived and loved across regional Australia was remarkable.
“Crocmedia and the ‘AFL LIVE’ team are thrilled that Rex is continuing on our journey in providing a difference in regional areas with our own tailored call,” Hutchison said.
“Rex is simply loved in the bush, and along with Sandy Roberts, are the two most loved and trusted voices in regional football life.
“To now tap and unlock Rex’s other passion in fishing, it’s going to be a fun few years ahead.”
Hunt began his football broadcasting career in 1979 and was the chief football caller at 3AW from 1989 to 2009 before he joined Triple M in 2010.
He has been an instrumental caller on Crocmedia’s AFL LIVE since it’s inception in 2010.
Hunt also played 202 games for Richmond, Geelong and St Kilda, including two premierships with the Tigers.