First live Aviva Premiership match to be shown on terrestrial TV

06 Dec 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

Premiership Rugby has confirmed the first ever live match will be broadcast on terrestrial TV.

The match between Harlequins and Northampton on 30th December will be simulcast on BT Sport and Channel 5 and is the first of five matches to be shown by the broadcaster this season.

The match comes as part of a new four-year deal, which includes a Sunday evening highlights programme at 8.00pm.

Channel 5’s coverage will be presented by BT Sport Industry Awards host, Mark Durden-Smith, and former England prop David Flatman, with “Flats” also supporting broadcaster Connor McNamara on commentary duties.

David Flatman said “There’s always a huge buzz during the festive period when the fans turn out in big numbers at Twickenham. It’s a privilege to see in the New Year with some of the top performers in a head to head battle.”

British Hockey Olympic gold medalist Sam Quek and former Northampton and England International Paul Grayson complete Channel 5’s team.

Sam Quek said “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Channel 5 team for the first of the landmark live matches. As a rugby fan, I cannot wait to get down to Twickenham on the day for what should be a fantastic match for the neutrals!"

“The Big Game”, hosted annually by Harlequins as one of their regular home games, taking place each December at Twickenham. Big Game 10, will celebrate ten years at the home of rugby.

Channel 5’s coverage at Twickenham Stadium will be produced by Sunset + Vine who has been producing live coverage of the Premiership since 2009.

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