Premiership Rugby matches will be shown live on terrestrial television for the first time in the competition’s history, as Premiership Rugby and Channel 5 today confirm a landmark four-year deal.
The agreement will see Channel 5 broadcast five live games each season from 2017-18, as well as show a highlights programme every Sunday night, covering Premiership Rugby, Anglo-Welsh Cup and Premiership Rugby 7s.
The new contract has been agreed after a competitive bidding process, and will see Channel 5 simulcast five live games with BT Sport, who will continue to broadcast up to 80 live Premiership games per season.
This new deal for club rugby adds to Channel 5’s growing sports portfolio, which includes live boxing and motor sports (including live Formula E Racing), weekly football highlights from across the EFL, as well as its acclaimed cricket highlights package showcasing all England home games.
— David Flatman (@davidflatman) July 14, 2017
And today, former England prop, turned pundit David Flatman confirmed on twitter that he, along with television presenter Mark Durden-Smith, have signed four year deals with the broadcaster.
Great news mate.
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) July 14, 2017
Congrats pal 😘
— ugo monye (@ugomonye) July 14, 2017
Close between you and Barnes i take it.
— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) July 14, 2017