BBC & ITV Unveil Plans For RBS Six Nations Championship
The BBC and ITV have unveiled their broadcast plans for coverage of the 2016 RBS Six Nations. The 2016 championship marks the start of a six-year deal between the BBC and ITV that will see the matches shared between both broadcasters on television and online.
BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra has comprehensive radio coverage with live commentary from all of the home nations’ matches and up-to-the-minute updates on the remaining games. Through its digital platforms, BBC Sport will bring audiences enhanced live coverage: every try and penalty, expert analysis, breaking news, exclusive online content and interactive features will all be available across any device, at any time.
Save Our BBC remains extremely concerned at the cuts in coverage of sport by the BBC. Why should sport be chosen to suffer rather than other genres? But we hasten to say that, of course, we don’t want cuts to any programmes or services. It does seem very odd that sport has been targeted. We have a national need to encourage exercise and know participation in sport is a key element of this. We know that young people see elite sports people who become the heroes they want to follow. Research by sports bodies shows alarming falls in participation when their sport is no longer given free to air broadcast coverage. So we welcome the joint broadcasting of the 2016 RBS Six Nations and hope the BBC will work with other sports to encourage their increased free to air coverage.”
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