RTÉ secure rights for Autumn internationals
Updated: Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 09:09
RTÉ Sport has retained the rights to broadcast the Guinness Series of Rugby Internationals in November for a further four years until 2017.
RTÉ has been awarded exclusive Irish free-to-air rights to the games as part of a four year extension to their existing contract covering television, radio and digital coverage.
RTÉ Sport will also continue in its role as host broadcaster for television coverage of the International matches.
RTÉ Radio were awarded exclusive national rights to all matches while RTÉ.ie will feature exclusive live simulcasts of TV and radio coverage, 21 day catch-up service on the RTÉ Player and simulcast coverage on RTÉ.ie mobile under the agreement.
The contract also incorporates the rights to broadcast Ireland’s Under-20 matches, Ireland’s A internationals and includes RTÉ Two’s rugby magazine show Against The Head as part of RTÉ’s commitment to domestic rugby.
Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ, said: “This announcement continues to demonstrate RTÉ’s commitment to our national teams and is an important part of our role as a public service broadcaster, ensuring that Irish sports fans are able to enjoy and support Irish International rugby free-to-air."
IRFU CEO Philip Browne said: “Irish Rugby and RTE have a longstanding relationship and we are delighted to be announcing this new agreement which will ensure that Ireland games continue to be seen on RTE channels over the next four years.
As well as the Guinness Series International games in November, RTE remain a broadcaster of the RBS 6 Nations Championship and this new agreement will also see other representative games screened live, which is a vital element to the promotion and development of the sport in Ireland."