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BBC extends Six Nations audio rights

BBC Radio will continue to broadcast the men’s Six Nations Championship between 2022-2025, following an agreement between the BBC and tournament organisers. As per previous years, every home nation game throughout the competition will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live or 5 Live Sports Extra, with all commentaries also available on BBC Sounds […]

October 21, 2021

United Rugby Championship on Premier Sports

UK sports broadcaster Premier Sports will show every game live and host more than 100 exclusive rugby fixtures in the new look United Rugby Championship with coverage from every round across five elite rugby nations – Ireland, Italy, Wales, Scotland and South Africa. Premier Sports has also been awarded TV rights for the Republic of Ireland for the first time in […]

June 21, 2021

Six Nations set to remain on FTA TV

The Six Nations rugby tournament is expected to remain on free-to-air television, with the rights being shared between BBC and ITV. The Six Nations organisers have been in talks with Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon who were each seeking to secure the broadcast rights to the tournament, which would see matches put behind a […]

May 20, 2021

Ireland: Virgin, RTÉ to share Six Nations

Six Nations Rugby has commenced joint long form contract discussions with Irish broadcasters Virgin Media Television and RTÉ having agreed a joint proposal in principle. It is planned that an agreement will ensure all three Six Nations Championships (Men’s Guinness Six Nations, Women’s Six Nations and Men’s Under 20’s tournaments) enjoy unprecedented coverage in the […]

May 11, 2021

ITV “cautiously optimistic” as ad market rebounds

ITV has reported that total external Q1 revenue was up 2 per cent on the same period last year to £709 million (€821.1m), despite the Covid-19 restrictions in place throughout the period, unlike the same quarter in 2020 which only had a limited impact. Total ITV Studios revenue was up 9 per cent at £372 […]

May 5, 2021

ITV: 8.7m watch Scotland beat England in Six Nations

A peak of 8.7 million viewers watched Scotland clinch their first Calcutta Cup win at Twickenham since 1983 on ITV on February 6th. The audience was the highest for the Calcutta Cup for at least more than a decade [higher than records going back to 2010], beating the peak of 8.6 million who watched last […]

February 8, 2021

Premier Sports readies Asia launch

Premier Sports has acquired rights to the Guinness Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup and is set to launch in twenty-two Asian countries this weekend. The ‘Premier Player Asia’ will broadcast solely via an OTT platform, similar to the Premier Player that is already in the UK market. The new streaming platform will broadcast the […]

October 21, 2020

Autumn Nations Cup on Prime Video, C4

Amazon has announced that, this November and December, live international Rugby Union will be coming to Prime Video in the UK for a new tournament – the Autumn Nations Cup. The Autumn Nations Cup will be the first competitive Autumn international tournament and the first full tournament after a six month break for international rugby. […]

September 11, 2020By Nik Roseveare