talkSPORT wins British & Irish Lions rights
talkSPORT has won the exclusive UK radio rights to the British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour to New Zealand.
Starting on 3 June 2017, talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 will broadcast full commentary of all ten matches along with dedicated daily news and programming.
talkSPORT was the exclusive radio broadcaster for the British & Irish Lions’ historic series victory over Australia in 2013, as well as the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Rugby Union will be a major part of talkSPORT’s autumn schedule with a new rugby show on talkSPORT 2 (Sundays, 5pm) and commentary of the Aviva Premiership throughout the season.
Scott Taunton, Chief Executive Officer for talkSPORT’s owner Wireless Group, said: “The British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand will be the biggest sporting event of 2017 and there will be massive interest in it. talkSPORT has a stellar heritage of producing excellent rugby coverage with two Rugby World Cups and the British & Irish Lions Tour in 2013, and our investment shows our further commitment to a diverse range of sports across talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2. We look forward to bringing listeners the best coverage and being the voice of the tournament.”
British & Irish Lions Chief Executive John Feehan said: “There is a huge appetite for radio coverage of the Lions and we are delighted that talkSPORT has been appointed as exclusive rights holder. They did an excellent job in bringing the 2013 tour alive for millions of fans and the addition of talkSPORT 2 will take their coverage of the 2017 Tour to New Zealand to another level.”