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In a further disappointment for the corporation, they have also missed out on the TV rights for the Wales tour game against South Africa on June 2. That fixture is poised to be screened by Channel 4, with both setbacks following confirmation that Premier Sports have been awarded the live rights for the Guinness Pro14 in a three-year deal to start next season.
The BBC had hoped to retain a Scrum V highlights package for that tournament, which may have softened the blow slightly, but that now appears unlikely.
But those, too, are in danger. It also provided content for highlights programming in the period immediately following European rugby, the rights for which have been jointly held by Sky and BT in recent years but which will belong solely to BT from next season.
BBC Wales are considering whether to bid for rights to show Principality Premiership matches, but with changes in the pipeline for that competition and the emergence of a regional U23 competition, those plans are uncertain.
In the Pro14, Premier Sports will add a second channel, allowing them to broadcast every game from the competition all in high definition.
Embed from Getty Images They have said the Pro14 will be considered a flagship product and they will establish a highlights package and magazine show, as well as longer pre- and post-match analysis.