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RTÉ tight-lipped amid uncertainty over future Six Nations broadcasting rights

The competition’s chief has said he would considering allowing satellite channels to bid for it from 2018.

The Irish team's Six Nations matches may not be available on free-to-air TV from 2018.
The Irish team's Six Nations matches may not be available on free-to-air TV from 2018.
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RTÉ HAVE RESPONDED in tight-lipped fashion after the future of the Six Nations broadcasting rights was thrown into doubt today.

A report in this morning’s Telegraph quoted Six Nations chief John Feehan suggesting that he would consider allowing satellite channels such as Sky and BT to bid for future rights to the competition.

And speaking to The42 today, an RTÉ spokesperson confirmed that the Irish broadcaster’s current Six Nations contract runs up until 2017, but was unwilling to say whether they feared losing out in any future deals.

“RTÉ doesn’t comment on the details of rights deals, either current deals or rights that will be up for negotiation or re-negotiation in the future,” the spokesperson said.

Irish law prohibits sporting “events of major importance” from being shown on satellite TV, however the Six Nations is not protected under this legislation.

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