In breaking news, Ray 'Rabs' Warren, 'the voice of rugby league', has signed on for another five years. Read the full statement here.
Nine Official Statement
Wide World of Sports today announced a new five-year agreement with the voice of rugby league, Ray “Rabs” Warren.
This will see Warren staying with the Nine Network until the end of the current rugby league rights deal in 2022.
Announcing the agreement, Nine’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone, said: “Ray Warren is an icon of sports broadcasting. He has brought us some of the greatest moments in sport for more than 50 years, and his contribution to the profile of rugby league and swimming in Australia cannot be overstated.”
Ray will provide his inimitable voice for promos and production, and contribute content across WWOS mobile platforms including columns and podcasts.
“While Rabs is yet to decide for how long he will continue to commentate, this new deal is recognition of his special place at Channel Nine and Wide World of Sports,” Malone said. “At a network that invented the star system Rabs is one of our greatest, and sits alongside people like Ken Sutcliffe and Richie Benaud as someone who is synonymous with WWOS and Nine.”
Warren said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for me remain a part of Nine even though I am undecided about the calling aspect. It was always my dream to work for Nine. I called greyhounds for them back in the 70s and then came the swimming for a decade or more, but it was rugby league where they gave me a second chance to cover the sport I love so much.
“I have been part of that coverage since 1989 and they have been good to me. For them to want me to remain a part of WWOS for another five years is very humbling.”
In typical understated Rabs style the new contract was sealed over a sausage sanga this week.