NIK SIMON’S PROFIT LINE: BBC’s rugby coverage takes a big hit as they lose fall testing radio rights to talkSPORT after being outbid, while S4C is removed from coverage in Wales with Amazon using their own team
- BBC Five Live has ended their coverage of the November internationals
- The live radio commentary will now switch to the main rivals talkSPORT
- Fans can’t watch Wales on terrestrial TV for the first time
The BBC’s rugby coverage has taken a major hit after being outbid by TalkSport for the autumn testing radio rights.
BBC Five Live have decided to end their lengthy coverage of the November internationals as rugby coverage is increasingly moving away from traditional platforms.
The live radio commentary will now switch to their main rivals, TalkSport, who also had the rights to this year’s Lions tour of South Africa.
England and New Zealand are among the teams taking place in the Autumn Internationals
TalkSport has actively promoted their rugby coverage, with charismatic English prop Joe Marler among their weekly guests.
Lions pair George North and James Haskell are also likely to be part of their on-air team.
The Gain Line understands that the radio rights to next year’s Six Nations will remain available after the BBC failed to purchase them as part of a package with their TV coverage.
S4C loses Wales to Amazon
Wales fans will not be able to watch their side on terrestrial television for the first time this autumn.
Amazon has won the rights to all four tests and will show the action with the options of commentary in both English and Welsh.
Last year, the online platform S4C allowed the games to be broadcast with commentary in the Welsh language, but they were shocked by the number of viewers they lost to the terrestrial channel.
As a result, the Gain Line understand that they have decided to take out S4C by using their own Welsh language team.
BBC to show women’s games
While the men’s autumn internationals have moved away from traditional broadcasting platforms, the women’s matches will be shown live on the BBC.
The organizers of tournaments hope to conclude a deal with the national broadcaster within two weeks.
Christ the redeemer?
Christ Tshiunza could be Wales’ savior after Alun Wyn Jones retires unless he turns to England.
The 19 year old 6ft 6in, 17th Exeter lock was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but grew up in Cardiff.
Tshiunza (pronounced Chiunza), known as Chris, joined Exeter University but has yet to represent them as they were quickly absorbed into the Chiefs side.
Exeter lock Christ Tshiunza could be Wales’ savior after Alun Wyn Jones (above) retires
His boss Rob Baxter joked that Tshiunza would wait to qualify for England.
“He’s qualified in Wales and played for their U20s…maybe he’ll be qualified in England in five years, but don’t tell him I said that, it’ll upset him!” Baxter teased.
“Wales has identified him as someone for the future and he is excited about playing.”
Lions couple George Cross and Dan Biggar have put aside the rivalry between England and Wales and set up a property company.
The pair have launched Haydart Investments – with Biggar running into sprint legend Usain Bolt while networking at Old Trafford on Wednesday night!