Ireland, Munster and Lions legend Ronan O’Gara is to be one of the main presenters of Ireland’s latest sports show, broadcasting tonight for the first time on Facebook.
O’Gara is pictured above with Maximum Media founder Niall McGarry in the purpose built studios from which SportsJOE Live kicks off tonight at 9.30pm on both JOE and SportsJOE’s Facebook pages and via Periscope on @JOEdotie and @SportsJOEdotie’s Twitter pages.
O’Gara will be one of a host of big name contributors to to the show, Ireland’s first ever weekly, multi-camera, live show designed for social distribution.
Former Republic of Ireland international Andy Reid, Ulster and Ireland’s Stephen Ferris, Cork camogie star Ashling Thompson, Kerry footballer Paul Galvin, and journalist Dion Fanning will also be part of the team.
The show will be filmed in new purpose built studios created by the brand parent Maximum Media. Broadcast sponsorship has already been secured via Screwfix.ie and the show will be presented by The GAA Hour host Colm ‘Wooly’ Parkinson and Australian born comedian Damien Clarke.
SportsJOE Live is the first socially distributed broadcast show of its kind in Ireland and it will be interesting to see how the market reacts.
In a changing world of media Ireland has been to the fore in ‘breaking the rules’ on what people will adopt. Off the Ball, as a three hour live radio sports magazine show is something that few thought would success while Second Captains has persuaded thousands to part with cash for an expanded output of podcasts.
Maximum Media has attracted AIB to sponsor its new Business podcast and Ladbrokes to support the Rugby podcast to which O’Gara will also be a significant contributor.
“I’m delighted with the cast we’ve assembled for SportsJOE live. In his time with JOE, Wooly has developed into an outstanding broadcaster,” said Maximum Media Broadcast Director Paddy McKenna.
“Dion Fanning is the best sports writer in Ireland, and in Damien Clarke and Conor Moore we have two brilliantly unpredictable comic talents and that’s before we even get to the panellists.
“The final component is our viewers who are crucial to the unique format of the show – both in the comments and interactions on social media, and in the live studio audience. Anything can happen, which is exactly what we all want.”