Back Page Live
|Back Page Live|
|Presented by||Tony Squires|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||22|
|No. of episodes||925 (approximate, end of 2017)|
|Executive producer(s)||Matt Weiss|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
Fox Sports (1997–present)|
Network Ten (2017)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
Back Page Live, also known as The Back Page, is an Australian sports television show currently broadcast on Fox Sports on Tuesday nights. It is hosted by Tony Squires, with a roster of panelists including journalist Kelli Underwood, cricket writer Robert "Crash" Craddock, broadcaster Adam Spencer, Ryan "Fitzy" Fitzgerald and comedian Merrick Watts.
The weekly show features a round-up of the previous week's sporting news, and features interviews with sporting personalities. It covers all major Australian sports as well as international sports.
- Tony Squires (host, 2013–present)
- Kelli Underwood (regular panelist, 2013–present)
- Robert "Crash" Craddock (regular panelist)
- Adam Spencer (regular panelist, 2013-present)
- Ryan "Fitzy" Fitzgerald (regular panelist, 2013-present)
- Kerry O'Keeffe (regular panelist, 2017–present)
- Jamie Soward (regular panelist)
- James Hooper (regular panelist)
- Merrick Watts (regular panelist, 2018-present)
- Mike Gibson (host, 1997–2012)
- Billy Birmingham (regular panelist, 1997–2012)
- Matt Shirvington (co-host, 2013)
- Mark Bosnich (regular panelist)
- Julian Schiller (regular panelist, 2013-2017)
Launched in 1997 as The Back Page, the show was originally hosted by journalist Mike Gibson and comedian Billy Birmingham. In 2012, Gibson announced that he was leaving the show after 16 years and 720 episodes. Soon after, Birmingham announced he would not be returning to the show the following year after being informed he'd been demoted to a part time panelist. In 2013, presenter Tony Squires and athlete Matt Shirvington took up the role of hosting the show. Shirvington left the show the same year, and was replaced by journalist Kelli Underwood.
From 7 October 2017, the show moved from its traditional Tuesday night time slot to air live at 7.00pm Saturday nights on the free-to-air channel One, classified as the shows "Summer Series". Subsequent repeats are shown on Fox Sports throughout the week following. The episodes were shortened from a 1 hour to 45 minutes run time, and the title was changed to The Back Page as it was previously called when it originally launched. This run was short-lived however, ending on 25 November 2017 after just eight episodes. The show returned to its traditional Tuesday night slot on Fox Sports on 27 February 2018.
- "Mike Gibson signs off as host of The Back Page after 16 years and 720 episodes". Fox Sports. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- "Billy Birmingham quits The Back Page". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
- "FOX on ONE block includes Back Page Live, A-League". TV Tonight. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
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