BBC and Scottish Rugby extend autumn international broadcast deal

BBC Sport and Scottish Rugby have agreed a two-year extension to the current broadcast deal of exclusive live rights to Scotland’s autumn international matches on TV, radio and online. The new deal covers 2014 and 2016.

Scottish Rugby’s Chief Executive Mark Dodson welcomed today’s announcement. He said: "Our broadcast partnerships are important to Scottish Rugby and I am delighted that the BBC will continue to be on board with us during our autumn tests through until 2016.

"Their coverage enables us to showcase Scotland international matches at Murrayfield to a wide audience throughout the UK and is appreciated by supporters." 

Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport, said: “We’re very pleased to be continuing our valued relationship with Scottish Rugby. The autumn international matches are an important part of our rugby union output and are very popular with audiences across BBC TV, radio and online.

 “These are big internationals against some of the most powerful rugby nations and so a crucial part of the season, ahead of the Six Nations which is always hugely anticipated by fans across the UK.”

Today’s news follows the recent announcement that Scotland’s 2013 autumn internationals are to broadcast on BBC TV; with Japan (9 November) being shown on BBC Scotland and via the red button in the rest of the UK; South Africa (17 November) on BBC One & BBC One HD and Australia (23 November) on BBC Two & BBC Two HD.