Former NZ cricketer Ian Smith latest on-air acquisition for Sports Entertainment Network

Popular New Zealand sports broadcaster Ian Smith is the latest high-profile name recruited by Sports Entertainment Network (SEN). 

SENZ's sports radio service will launch in New Zealand this year, after the group acquired 30 AM/FM frequencies from TAB.

Former Blackcaps skipper Brendon McCullum will front SENZ's breakfast show nationwide, while Smith - another former New Zealand wicketkeeper - would join the lineup as host of the 'Morning Shift' from 9am-midday.

"SENZ will give New Zealand sports fans everything they want and more," Smith says. "I'm incredibly excited to be a part of the team.

"On SENZ’s morning show, we’ll interview New Zealand’s leading athletes, coaches and decision-makers, and discuss the biggest stories in sport, connecting with listeners who can share their opinions each hour."

SENZ will establish radio studios in Auckland and Wellington, and will produce local sports content from both studios.

Sports Entertainment Network is a multi-platform sport and entertainment service, that holds broadcast rights for the AFL, NRL, A-League, Big Bash and Australian test cricket, as well as international sports events like NFL's Super Bowl.