Barbara Slater

  • BBC Extend Six Nations Deal

    ... Nations and covers TV, radio and online. This year's tournament saw audiences increase to their highest level for 13 years, with an average audience of 4.7m per match. "The Six Nations is a crown jewel in the sporting calendar," said BBC director of sport Barbara Slater. "We're delighted that we can continue to bring the tournament to our audiences," Slater added. "Viewing figures continue to grow year on year and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Six Nations to buil...

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  • Ian Robertson To Retire After 46 Years Of BBC

    ... fixture in the 1968 championship. He joined the BBC in 1972, and since April 1983 he has been the broadcaster’s official rugby union correspondent. He also won two gold awards at the Radio Academy Awards including Speech Broadcaster of the Year in 2004. Barbara Slater, BBC director of sport, says: “Ian’s sharp, instinctive and highly skilled commentaries have been a real privilege to hear on BBC Sport over the years and he has captured some of the greatest moments in rugby which will be t...

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  • Six Nations Finale Draws Record Audience

    ... previous record of 8.03 million during the London Olympics in 2012. Additionally there were 4.4 million mobile browsers on Saturday - the biggest-ever UK mobile day on record for BBC Sport and going above four million for the first time. BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: "It's what the BBC is all about, bringing these great moments that unite the nation, making them available to everyone wherever they are." "What an amazing end to such a thrilling Six Nations championship, and duly reflec...

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  • Is RWC The 3rd Biggest Global Sporting Event?

    A BBC Sport article has investigated the claims of various sporting events to be the third biggest in the world following the Olympics and the football World Cup, with results showing the Rugby World Cup as having the third largest attendance in leading sporting events from the past three years. The 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand had an attendance of 1,400,000, placing it in third behind the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Matt Slater's article goes...

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  • BBC To Show All 31 Games Of RLWC2021

    ... will enable visibility and profile for the tournament like never before. We look forward to working with the BBC to create excitement not just for the tournament but also across many platforms in the build up to the World Cup”. Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater said: “This is the biggest international event in the rugby league calendar and we're delighted to have secured the rights to it, building on our extensive portfolio of the sport and this year’s World Cup down under. “Securin...

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  • BBC Retain Highlights For England Autumn Internationals

    ... Goldschmidt, RFU chief commercial and marketing officer, said: "This is excellent news for England Rugby as we continue our strong partnership with the BBC which ensures fans can see, hear and enjoy the very best action England has to offer every autumn." Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, added: "We're very pleased to continue our relationship with the RFU. This valued partnership offers audiences the best of the action from the England team through our television highlights programmes and...

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  • BBC Ties Up Scotland’s Autumn Internationals

    ... supporters.” This year’s autumn internationals against South Africa and Australia will be shown on BBC One and BBC Two respectively, with the match against Japan appearing on BBC Scotland and via the red button in the rest of the UK, and BBC Sport director Barbara Slater is pleased to have sealed the contract for a further two years as well. “We’re very pleased to be continuing our valued relationship with Scottish Rugby. The autumn international matches are an important part of our r...

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  • BBC Extends Challenge Cup Deal To 2020

    ... the sixth round, quarter-finals and semi-finals will be broadcast on the BBC from 2016 onwards. The new deal will also see rugby league coverage continue on BBC Radio 5 Live and the Super League highlights show remain in place and BBC director of sport Barbara Slater is happy that the corporation is continuing its association with the sport. “We’re delighted to renew our contract with the RFL and our commitment to this most prestigious of competitions. Rugby league is much loved by our audi...

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  • BBC To Broadcast England V Kiwis Series

    ... (2:30pm). International rugby league will return to Anfield in Liverpool for the second Test on Saturday 3rd of November (2:30pm) before the series concludes on Sunday 11th of November (3pm) at Leeds United’s Elland Road. Commenting on the new deal Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport said: “On the day that BBC Sport brings England v Australia in the Rugby League World Cup final live to fans, we are delighted to continue our dedication to the sport with this new deal. The series will bring...

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  • BBC Commit to Rugby League Until 2016

    ... Viewing figures for the new-look BBC Super League Show, which has been screened nationally on BBC2 (and via channels 977 and 978 on the Sky platform) in regular slots throughout 2012, are more than double what they were in 2011. BBC director of sport, Barbara Slater said “The BBC has been the proud broadcast partner of the Challenge Cup for over half a century so we're delighted to be continuing our long and successful relationship with the RFL. Rugby League forms a key part of the BBC's righ...

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