ITV and BBC secure new Six Nations Deal

ITV and the BBC have secured a free to air rights deal that will see both broadcasters become home to Six Nations Rugby from 2016 to 2021.

The RBS 6 Nations confirmed the new deal, keeping the championship on free to air television for another six years, earlier today.

The new deal brings the Six Nations to ITV for the first time in its history and extends BBC Sport’s current contract, allowing fans to continue to access the championship across BBC TV, radio and online.

Under the terms of the deal, each year ITV will show live coverage of all England, Ireland and Italy home matches and the BBC will show live coverage of all Scotland, Wales and France home matches.

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: "As ITV prepares to bring viewers exclusive, free-to-air live coverage of the Rugby World Cup later this year, we're delighted to be strengthening our ties with the game by bringing audiences the first class, live action and unique atmosphere of the RBS 6 Nations from next year."

BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater said: “BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater said: “It’s great news for fans of the Six Nations that the championship will be staying on free to air television. It’s a very special competition and our viewing figures from this year prove just how popular it is with audiences. We very much look forward to starting our new partnership with ITV and continuing our strong relationship with RBS 6 Nations.”

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ITV and the BBC have secured a free to air rights deal that will see both broadcasters become home to Six Nations Rugby from 2016 to 2021.

The RBS 6 Nations confirmed the new deal, keeping the championship on free to air television for another six years, earlier today.

The new deal brings the Six Nations to ITV for the first time in its history and extends BBC Sport’s current contract, allowing fans to continue to access the championship across BBC TV, radio and online.

Under the terms of the deal, each year ITV will show live coverage of all England, Ireland and Italy home matches and the BBC will show live coverage of all Scotland, Wales and France home matches.

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: "As ITV prepares to bring viewers exclusive, free-to-air live coverage of the Rugby World Cup later this year, we're delighted to be strengthening our ties with the game by bringing audiences the first class, live action and unique atmosphere of the RBS 6 Nations from next year."

BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater said: “BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater said: “It’s great news for fans of the Six Nations that the championship will be staying on free to air television. It’s a very special competition and our viewing figures from this year prove just how popular it is with audiences. We very much look forward to starting our new partnership with ITV and continuing our strong relationship with RBS 6 Nations.”