Channel 5 win rights to show live Premiership matches for first time on terrestrial TV
Channel 5 will become the new home of free-to-air live coverage of Aviva Premiership Rugby, simulcasting selected games with BT.
The new contract has been agreed after a competitive bidding process, and will see Channel 5 simulcast a total of five live games with BT Sport over four years, starting 2017-18. BT Sport will continue to broadcast up to 80 live Premiership games per season. In addition to live coverage, the agreement will also see Channel 5 broadcast a highlights programme every Sunday night, covering Premiership Rugby, the Anglo-Welsh Cup and Premiership Rugby 7s.