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Newcastle panellists join flagship NRL show

Three panellists with links to Newcastle are among a stellar line-up of presenters for a new season of Over the Black Dot.

Senior journalist Jodan Perry and former Newcastle Knights stars Timana Tahu and Owen Craigie will make appearances on the show when it returns to air on Tuesday 19 March.

As National Indigenous Television (NITV)’s flagship NRL panel show, Over the Black Dot aims to provide more analysis and interviews with some of the best Aboriginal players in rugby league.

The team, which also includes dual international athlete Bo Dela Cruz and former Manly forward George Rose, will deliver player’s insights on breaking stories from the NRL.

Each week, the panel is set to be joined by special guest analysts and players to review and preview every round, while Dela Cruz will produce a weekly recap on the women’s games.

NITV is a channel made for, by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Business development and partnerships manager, Mark Ella, said he was proud to welcome Over the Black Dot back to the NITV ahead of the new NRL season.

“Australia is footy mad and our community, in particular, are huge fans of rugby league, having a long history with it dating back to the 1900s,” he said.
“Currently in the NRL, 12% of professional players are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and this series celebrates our Indigenous players and their ongoing achievements in the game.”

“This year, our entertaining line-up of hosts, analysts and guests will boycott the sensationalism and instead offer unique perspectives as they discuss each round of the NRL.”

Over the Black Dot welcomed many high-profile guests last year, including Andrew Fifita and Latrell Mitchell.

In 2019, the likes of Matt Bowen, Bevan French and Caitlin Moran are already locked in.

The show will air at 8.30pm on NITV (Channel 34 and Foxtel 144), with a repeat on SBS on Thursdays at 2pm).

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