First Live Terrestrial Broadcast For Premiership

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5 December 2017

History will be made at Twickenham Stadium on 30 December when Harlequins’ Big Game against Northampton Saints will be the league’s first match to be broadcast live on terrestrial TV.

The match will be simulcast on BT Sport and Channel 5, the first of five matches to be shown by the terrestrial broadcaster this season as part of the new four-year deal which is in its first season.

Channel 5’s coverage at Twickenham Stadium will be produced by Sunset + Vine who has been producing live coverage of the Premiership since 2009. The company has transformed how live rugby action is brought to the screens. From the first introduction of pitch walks to pre-game interviews with players warming up, innovation has been key. It’s relationship with the rugby authorities has led to the development of ref-cam and TMO decision-making.

Channel 5’s coverage will be presented by 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.

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