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Women’s Six Nations set to stay on BBC in UK broadcast market

The BBC will remain the home of the Women's Six Nations

The Women’s Six Nations is set to be broadcast exclusively on the BBC until 2025 after Six Nations Rugby confirmed an agreement in principle has been reached relating to all three Championships (Guinness Six Nations, Women’s Six Nations and Men’s Under-20s) in the UK market.

The BBC showed every game of the shortened 2021 Women’s Six Nations across its platforms, with the thrilling final between England and France broadcast live on BBC 2.

There will be unprecedented broadcast investment surrounding the Women’s Championship on the BBC, subject to contract, covering a four-year term starting in 2022 and ending after the 2025 Championships.

Six Nations Rugby also confirmed it has entered into exclusive discussions with BBC and ITV relating to the Guinness Six Nations and Men’s Under-20s, which you can read about here.

Commenting on the partnership, Ben Morel, Chief Executive Officer of Six Nations Rugby said: “This is exciting news for fans and for our Championships.

“Both BBC and ITV have been excellent partners in recent years playing an important role in sharing the incredible moments that the Six Nations always produces, and celebrating the special place our Championships hold in the hearts of fans.

“I’m particularly excited by the opportunity to grow the Women’s game with an invested broadcast partner in the BBC who is as committed as we are.

“We’re looking forward to working with them both as we continue to raise the bar and bring Rugby’s Greatest Championships to ever-growing numbers across the UK.”

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport continued: “For the millions of Six Nations fans across the UK, the Championships remaining free-to-air is wonderful news.

“We look forward to delivering live action from both the Men’s and Women’s as well as the Men’s Under-20’s Championships to the widest possible audience over the next four seasons.

“BBC Sport has led the way in increasing the profile of Women’s sports, so we are thrilled to now include the Women’s Six Nations as a permanent fixture on our broadcast calendar.”

No further comment will be made at this point from any of the parties until such time as the contract terms have been concluded.