I’m delighted by the news that Premiership Rugby has signed a deal with Channel 5 for next season which will see Premiership matches broadcast live on UK terrestrial TV for the first time.
OK, so it’s only for 5 matches, but at least it’s a start and the package will also include a weekly highlights programme to be broadcast at 8pm on a Sunday.
It’s about time that rugby looked beyond the Pay TV model which, while bringing revenues into the game, fails to expose the sport to a wider audience and which (at least in my humble opinion) does the development of rugby at grassroots level no good at all. I hope the RFU take note and begin to re-think their TV strategy on England home internationals.
And yes, it will also fit in with my personal viewing habits perfectly.
I trust that the new arrangement, with the new Channel 5 highlights show replacing the current show on ITV, continues to recognise the genius of ex-prop-turned-pundit David Flatman.