RTE Sport announced today that it has retained the rights to broadcast the GUINNESS Series of autumn Internationals for a further four years, until 2021.
RTÉ has been awarded exclusive Irish free-to-air rights to the GUINNESS Series games across television, radio, online and mobile as part of a four year extension to their existing contract.
RTÉ Sport will also continue in its role as host broadcaster for television coverage of the international matches. All games will be live and exclusively free-to-air on RTÉ 2, RTÉ Player and on RTÉ Radio.
RTÉ Player will also have 21-day catch-up of all games, as well as extras including interviews and analysis, while www.rte.ie/sport will have minute-by-minute match coverage alongside news, analysis and interviews.
The contract also incorporates the rights to broadcast Ireland’s Under-20 Six Nations matches and includes live coverage of the final stages of the Ulster Bank League alongside RTÉ 2’s rugby magazine show, ‘Against The Head’, as part of RTÉ’s commitment to domestic rugby.
Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ, said: “I’m delighted that RTÉ has retained rights to the GUINNESS Series of autumn internationals until 2021, in addition to the final stages of the Ulster Bank League. Ireland taking on the All Blacks next year is set to be a great sporting occasion and RTÉ Sport look forward to sharing that, and many more enthralling fixtures over the next four years across television, radio, online and mobile.”
IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne commented: “We are delighted to be working with RTÉ for the GUINNESS Series for the next four years. This year’s series featured three sold-out games, each of which made for compelling viewing.
“Live sporting events are some of the only programmes that can continue to gather the entire family around the TV, so we are look forward to working with RTÉ to bring these big games into people’s living rooms each November.”