BBC To Lose Rights To England’s Six Nations Games

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The new Six Nations television contract has ruled the BBC out of showing two-thirds of England matches for six years as the result of its rights-sharing deal with ITV.

An announcement will be made on Thursday confirming the two terrestrial broadcasters have beaten Sky Sports to the rights for the international game’s biggest annual tournament in a deal worth £50 million a year from 2018.

How the 15 matches a season will be carved up between the joint bidders will also be revealed, with each allocated the home fixtures of three of the Six Nations for the duration of a six-year contract.

Telegraph Sport has learnt that ITV has secured the home games of England, Ireland and Italy, with the BBC left with those of Scotland, Wales and France.

That means the BBC sacrificing seven of the 10 games England play every two years and retaining only their away match against Wales in odd-numbered years.

It will instead hold the rights to 14 of the 20 fixtures played biennially by Scotland and Wales, including all those at Murrayfield and the Millennium Stadium, as part of its regional broadcasting remit.

Games have been divided so the BBC will show eight fixtures one year and seven the next, and vice-versa for ITV.

Read more on The Telegraph.

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