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#1 brooza

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:41 AM

BBC Sport will be show live coverage of the 2013 and 2017 Rugby League World Cups and the 2014 and 2016 Four Nations tournaments.

For this year's tournament, there will be live TV and radio coverage of all England's group games, plus a quarter-final, a semi-final and the final.

 

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:44 AM

Premier Sports showing every game live


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:46 AM

From the same page: In addition to live coverage, there will also be regular TV highlights programmes throughout the tournament and extensive coverage on BBC Radio, the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport app. About what we would have expected, I suppose.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:46 AM

Fantastic news. the BBC's global network is superb.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:51 AM

All england games to be on BBC. Good news.
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:55 AM

PS have exclusive coverage (so far) of 5 NZ and Aus group games, 3 QFs and 1 SF.

 

The "so far" bit intrigues me


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:58 AM

RLWC2013 comes to the BBC

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Rugby League World Cup 2013 organisers have announced today that the BBC and Premier Sports have secured rights to broadcast the tournament.

The BBC will bring live coverage of all England games to television and radio, starting with the Opening Ceremony which features arguably the biggest game in international Rugby League in England v Australia.

 

There will then be live coverage of England’s other two Group A games against Ireland and Fiji, as well as a quarter-final, semi-final showdown at Wembley and the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford on November 30. The BBC will also show regular highlights programmes on television throughout the tournament, which will incorporate all the action from matches not shown live, and there will be extensive coverage on Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport App.

 

Premier Sports have also further added to their Rugby League portfolio by acquiring rights to show every game live.

 

RLWC2013 Tournament Director, Nigel Wood said “This is fantastic news for RLWC2013. The BBC is arguably the number one terrestrial sports broadcaster in the world. Their incredible coverage of the London Olympics further enhanced their reputation and so for them to cover the next international sporting event in the UK is a great fit for them and for us.

 

“We’re delighted fans will be able to watch the showpiece events live on terrestrial TV. The BBC will help RLWC2013 bring new audiences to our amazing sport and will enable our established fan base to immerse themselves in five weeks of fantastic, world class sport.

“Premier Sports do a great job for Rugby League showing Kingstone Press Championship, every NRL game and the State of Origin matches. Their coverage will enable fans to see every minute of the tournament live.”

 

Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport says “BBC Sport is committed to bringing major national sporting events to the widest audience, so we’re very excited to be adding the Rugby League World Cup to our portfolio. This is a great opportunity to showcase Rugby League across all BBC platforms, and it’s an added bonus that the 2013 tournament is on home soil.

 

“BBC Sport has extended its commitment to Rugby League with broadcast rights confirmed for the Four Nations in 2014 and 2016, and the World Cup in 2017 to add to our current coverage of the Challenge Cup and Super League.”

 

RLWC2013 organisers also announced that they are already in talks with both broadcasters regarding confirmation of the schedule.

RLWC2013 Tournament General Manager Sally Bolton said “We appreciate fans patience in waiting for kick off times to be announced. We will be meeting both BBC and Premier Sports to tie this down and are aiming to confirm times as soon as we are able.”

Rugby League World Cup 2013 kicks off on Saturday October 26 2013 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with matches played in England, Wales, Ireland and France.

 

The competition's structure will consist of two groups of four and two groups of three.

England are drawn alongside arch-rivals Australia as well as Fiji and Ireland in Group A; Rugby League World Cup holders New Zealand will face Pacific Island rivals Papua New Guinea and Samoa along with France in Group B.

 

Scotland will face Tonga and Italy in Group C and joint hosts Wales have been drawn against the Cook Islands and the USA in Group D.

 

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Martin Johnston, RLWC2013 Communications Manager

Tel: + 44 (0)7748 46966 / 0844 887 1730

Email:  martin.johnston@rlwc2013.com


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:02 AM

PS have exclusive coverage (so far) of 5 NZ and Aus group games, 3 QFs and 1 SF.

 

The "so far" bit intrigues me

Does that mean that the BBC might show some more live matches, hence Premier don't know exactly how many exclusive games they've got?



#9 brooza

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:07 AM

Does that mean that the BBC might show some more live matches, hence Premier don't know exactly how many exclusive games they've got?

I feel it means the door may still be open for Sky if they want to come back to negotiations


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:09 AM

so its likely that Rugby League fans watching the BBC will only get to see England, Australia, New Zealand, PNG and one other team play...


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:09 AM

Now can they announce kick off times so that I can buy tickets and arrange accommodation if necessary?



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:10 AM


so its likely that Rugby League fans watching the BBC will only get to see England, Australia, New Zealand, PNG and one other team play...


Certainly seems that way. No other home nations group games look like being on the BBC

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:16 AM

I feel it means the door may still be open for Sky if they want to come back to negotiations

 

No chance. The RLWC twitter feed is saying that now the deals with the BBC and Premier are done they can start finallising kick off times. Maybe they're trying to get some of the Celtic nations games on the BBC as well, hence why Premier so far can only confirm certain games as exclusive.


Edited by thirteenthman, 10 April 2013 - 10:19 AM.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

Now can they announce kick off times so that I can buy tickets and arrange accommodation if necessary?

There is a promise at the end of the press release that kick off times will be announced 'as soon as possible'!  The World Cup office is presently working to tie both broadcasters down to times.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:20 AM

Certainly seems that way. No other home nations group games look like being on the BBC

I'd say that was a blessing in disguise personally.  England will have a tough enough time against Australia.  But Ireland, Scotland and Wales could end up on some serious thumpings, which wouldn't be good TV IMO.  Hopefully particularly Wales will improve over the coming years but until they can be at least as competitive as England, I'm happy with the highlights.  Besides, the Italy -v- Wales opener will be shown on the BBC won't it?  The BBC has said they will be showing the opener at Cardiff.

 

Us fans had better get down to Cardiff and fill that humungous stadium!  Can't be letting the side down on free to air TV.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:22 AM

To be fair to the BBC, the international highlights programmes they've shown in recent years have been pretty generous in terms of the amount of game time shown. Only one live semi-final is poor stuff, though.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:34 AM

Mostly happry with this, but would have to agree with Futtocks, it's a bit poor not showing both semis. Also I don't have Premier cos I'm on Virgin, but I guess that's my fault really.

#18 cookey

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:35 AM

Seems a good deal.The only people who will complain,are those who would never go to a game and claim to 'support' the game via their armchair and Sky.The same people would also complain if the games weren't shown on the BBC.

 

As we don't know what Sky offered,noone can claim the RFL should have gone with Sky.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:40 AM

Very interesting that PS have the coverage too, competition for Sky to consider is only a good thing IMO.

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:42 AM

question is....how much have they paid?.....and what about overseas rights?

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