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  • Fan Focus - Crusaders RL

    ... TV? I will watch anything – football, formula 1, golf, tennis…Although I have to say that I don’t like rugby union. That stems from the South Wales bias in the Welsh media – I just got fed up with it How does Sky’s coverage compare with the BBC’s? Sky do a good job. They’ve put money into the sport and I like their coverage of the matches, plus Boots `n` All. The BBC coverage is not very good. The Super League Show is not even shown in Wales, I can never understand that when we ha...

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  • Super League Popular on All Fronts

    ... “Sky Sports continue to raise the bar and the increased depth and quality of their coverage is attracting increasing numbers of viewers to the sport which, at the start of a new five year contract, is enormously gratifying.” Early figures from the BBC suggest that the audience for the Super League Show has also increased significantly with the combined viewing figures for the BBC regions, network and BBC iPlayer more than double what they were in 2011. “We are delighted with the figures w...

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  • BBC Commit to Rugby League Until 2016

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) have announced that they have agreed a new contract that will see BBC Sport remain as the principal broadcaster for rugby league’s oldest and most prestigious knockout competition, the Carnegie Challenge Cup, for the next five years. The deal ensures that the Carnegie Challenge Cup final will continue to be broadcast live on BBC1 until 2016. The BBC will also broadcast live matches in the fourth and fifth rounds, quarter-finals and semi-finals for the duration o...

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  • Sky Sports to Screen Live Challenge Cup Action

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) have reached an agreement that will see Carnegie Challenge Cup fixtures broadcast live by both Sky Sports and the BBC. For the first time in the competition’s history, Sky Sports are to screen ties from fourth, fifth and quarter-final rounds of this year’s tournament alongside the existing coverage on BBC1 and BBC2. Today’s announcement follows on from the RFL securing a lucrative new five-year contract that will see the Challenge Cup shown on BBC until the...

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  • Hardcastle Appointed Bulls Director

    ... successful asset to the new team” and added that “her results, drive and innovation are known and respected worldwide”. Hardcastle is known for her marketing, media and charity work as well as the commercial acumen that saw her appear on Newsnight on BBC2 this week to talk about the problems in high streets across the UK. She grew up in Bradford and as a Bulls fan, after being born in Huddersfield, and says she can’t wait to get started and contribute towards making the club more succes...

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  • Figures Highlight TV Conundrum for Rugby Rights Holders

    ... SportBusiness Group, from its 2012 report `Watching Brief`, reveal that the most watched rugby match of the year in the United Kingdom was the Scotland v England RBS Six Nations match at Murrayfield on 4 February, which pulled in 7.2million viewers for the BBC.Outside of football, the Olympics and Paralympics, the Calcutta Cup clash achieved the third highest figure in any sport with only Andy Murray’s Wimbledon final against Roger Federer and the Grand National rating higher. All five of Eng...

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  • Company Behind ‘The Call Centre’ Sponsors Ospreys

    The Ospreys have signed up a surprise new shirt sponsor in the form of the firm behind the BBC3 fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘The Call Centre’. Save Britain Money Group, which will also be an official partner of the Ospreys’ schools programme, has become increasingly well-known over the past month since the television series first aired and has now struck a commercial agreement with the Welsh rugby outfit for its branding to appear on the back of the playing shirts. The programme takes an e...

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  • RLWC Viewing Figures Make For Good Reading

    ... 2.2 million people were watching and the game had a 15 per cent share of the total viewing audience across all channels. The impressive figures saw off competition from other sporting events on air at the same time. The ATP Tennis World Tour Finals on BBC2 received a peak figure of 1.2 million viewers, England’s rugby union match against Argentina received a peak total of 571,000 and the Premier League Football on Sky Sports hit a peak of 810,000 viewers. Nigel Wood, RLWC2013 tournament direc...

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  • Ladbrokes Odds On As Challenge Cup Sponsors

    ... extensive television coverage and in total it is estimated that Ladbrokes will benefit from over 1,000 hours of dedicated global TV cover including over 70 hours of UK coverage. Last year's final was watched by over 1.6 million people in the UK live on BBC1 and millions more around the world. It is estimated that 2013's competition (the last year for which figures are available) reached over 5.4m people with a cumulative BBC live audience of over 7.2m. RFL commercial director Chris Rawlings sai...

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