BBC and ITV to Share Six Nations Broadcast Rights in New Six-Year Deal
July 9, 2015
UK broadcasters BBC and ITV have won the joint broadcasting rights to the Six Nations Rugby Championships in a six-year deal.
As part of the deal Wales, Scotland and France home matches will be on the BBC, while ITV will show England, Ireland and Italy home games.
Live commentary of all matches will also be available on BBC Radio 5 live.
BBC director of sport Barbara Slater said: “It’s great news for fans of the Six Nations that the championship will be staying on free-to-air television.”
Niall Sloane, director of sport at ITV, which is broadcasting the Rugby World Cup in September and October, said: “We’re delighted to be strengthening our ties with the game.”
There are 15 games in each year of the Six Nations and the BBC will have eight and ITV seven in 2016, while that number will be reversed the following year.