Australian TV broadcaster Seven has secured exclusive broadcast rights to show Rugby League World Cup 2013 down under.
Seven will broadcast all RLWC2013 matches in Australia on the 7mate channel. The deal is part of an all-encompassing agreement covering broadcast and subscription television rights, IPTV, interconnected TV, catch-up TV, pay per view, video on demand and digital rights.
Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, said: â€œSeven is delighted to have secured this agreement that will see us as the home of Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Australia.
â€œIt is an extraordinary event and fits perfectly with our portfolio of major sports events on broadcast television platform and our developing online and mobile content platforms. A key to this agreement is our ability to deliver this across multiple platforms in formats that meet the demands of our audiences.
â€œIt is fitting that we are entrusted with the Rugby League World Cup 2013, as it is 50 years this year since the late, great Rex Mossop joined Seven after an extraordinary career in league and union, and defined league television coverage in Australia.â€
Nigel Wood, RLWC2013 Tournament Director said: â€œIt is great news for the tournament that Seven will be showing every game and on so many platforms. Sports fans in Australia know they can rely on Sevenâ€™s experience of covering not just domestic and international Rugby League but other world class sporting events too.
â€œWe know weâ€™ll be staging the best Rugby League World Cup to date, with competitive matches in front of passionate fans. The tournament now has a compelling broadcast offer in both hemispheres.â€
RLWC2013 will be broadcast in the UK by the BBC and Premier Sports.