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NITV’s flagship footy show Over the Black Dot returns

[by Hannah Lambert]


Bo de la Cruz. Image: supplied

National Indigenous Television’s (NITV) flagship footy show Over the Black Dot returns on Tuesday 5 March at 9.30pm. Hosted by legendary NRL player and proud Anaiwan man Dean Widders, this season will broadcast live with weekly 45-minute programs.


Dean will be joined by analysts including Dual International Timana Tahu, Bo de la Cruz, a proud descendant of the Gudjula and Erubian people and a multi-award-winning Touch, Rugby Union and Rugby League player, and proud Dunghutti man and former NRL professional, Beau Champion.


Over the Black Dot is a weekly round-up program of Rugby League news, views and yarns, featuring guest appearances, game results, hot topics and the community that makes the game of Rugby League the greatest.


Each week, off-the-cuff conversations and community chats cover the top level of Rugby League and all levels of the code. From grassroots games to the bright lights of the NRL, this program is for fans that live and breathe rugby league as well as those that want to learn more about the game.


Kicking off after the Indigenous All-Stars match and the NRL opening round in Las Vegas, the longest-running Indigenous NRL television program continues to focus on the talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Over the Black Dot will also share updates from the UK Super League, which, for the first time, will have select matches shown live and via replay on NITV each week.


Dean Widders, Over the Black Dot host, said: “We’re looking forward to another big season of footy and it’s great to be working with NITV again on Over the Black Dot, a show that fans and players know and love. With the UK Super League now also in the mix, the Dot is bigger and better than ever and I can’t wait to get stuck into it.


“The Indigenous All-Stars match is a great way to start 2024, and I’m proud of all of the players for embracing their cultures.”


NITV presents the 2024 UK Super League Rugby season, showcasing the action from the code’s best teams. Witness intense clashes, stellar plays, and unforgettable moments in high definition as the race for supremacy unfolds.


Select UK Super League matches will air live on weekends, with replays shown on Tuesdays from 10.15pm, starting on Tuesday 20 February. These games will be available for seven days, to stream for free, on SBS On Demand.


Adam Manovic, a proud Gooreng Gooreng man and Head of Entertainment, Events and Sport at NITV, said: “We are excited for another season of Over the Black Dot, celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent from the grassroots community level to the National Rugby League. Our excellent team of hosts and analysts bring their wealth of experience to our laugh-out-loud sports series and we’re proud that NITV is the exclusive Australian free-to-air broadcaster of the UK Super League this year. We can’t wait to get started.”


Over the Black Dot airs weekly from Tuesday 5 March, live at 9.30pm on NITV and SBS On Demand.



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