TV3 has secured the rights to the Six Nations Championship from 2018 delivering another blow to the sporting coverage available on RTÉ.
TV3 will broadcast all of the games live and free to all viewers in the Republic of Ireland. The rights also include a preview show, magazine programmes as well as a highlights show. TV3 will also broadcast delayed match replays of all the games giving Ireland extensive coverage of Rugby’s best tournament from 2018.
Viewers have increased for the Six Nations Championship in Ireland over the last two years with an average of 400,000 tuning in per match, this number is set to continue to rise.
With a few years of the championship still to go on RTÉ there has been no confirmation of who will be on the panel on TV3. Keith Wood who done a stellar job with the World Cup should be near the top of the list however he does the coverage of the Six Nations Championship on the BBC at the moment.
Brian O’Driscoll who has impressed with his analysis on BT Sport, could be another former Irish international the broadcaster could target for the panel along with Matt Cooper who done a great job in the presenting role during the World Cup. Hopefully TV3 can build on the fantastic coverage which they gave the World Cup and pass that on to the Six Nations Championship also.
TV3 acquired the rights to the Rugby World Cup from RTÉ and with news of them acquiring the rights to the Six Nations Championship it all but puts an end to RTÉ’s coverage of rugby.
Commenting on the acquisition of the rights Niall Cogley, who is the Group Director of Broadcasting for TV3 said: “In the last two months, TV3 has been able to demonstrate its credentials as Ireland’s National Commercial Broadcaster with a refreshing and comprehensive presentation of all 48 games of Rugby World Cup 2015. We are grateful that the Six Nations Unions, the Federations and their Executive team were sufficiently impressed by our recent work.”
CEO of Six Nations Rugby John Feehan said said of the deal with TV3: “We are delighted to be working with TV3 on developing the interest in the Championship and to ultimately grow this wonderful competition in Ireland.”
He continued: “I wish to acknowledge the excellent work and support of RTÉ in the coverage of the RBS 6 Nations Championship over the years, and indeed we look forward to working with them for the remaining two years of the existing contract.”
The Six Nations Championship will be broadcast on RTÉ until 2018 who as always will have Tom McGurk, George Hook and Brent Pope fronting there coverage.
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