talkSPORT wins exclusive rights to broadcast Lions Tour



talkSPORT is set to deliver over 150 hours of exclusive Lions coverage across the talkSPORT network for the upcoming Lions Tour of South Africa as the best of Britain and Ireland take on the World Champions.

Alongside commentary of every Lions match talkSPORT will deliver previews, post-match analysis, phone-ins and bring all the colour from South Africa to supporters in the UK.

The talkSPORT network will broadcast bespoke previews ahead of all Tests, a daily Lions Diary programme on talkSPORT 2 throughout the tour and podcast programming of the Tour through the talkSPORT app and audio streaming sites, as well as bespoke YouTube content.

All of the warm-ups and Tests will be broadcast across talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 to the network’s audience of more than three million listeners. Full commentary with build-up programming and post-match analysis including the opportunity for rugby fans to have their say and interact with our top team of pundits will be broadcast across talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.

talkSPORT’s commentary team includes former Irish wing Tommy Bowe, former Springbok Bryan Habana, England World Cup winner Ben Kay and Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan. The coverage will be presented by Craig Doyle, Hannah Wilkes and Tim Cocker with Andrew McKenna as commentator.

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Head of talkSPORT, Lee Clayton, said: “The Lions is a box office event and has been the talk of rugby fans all winter. talkSPORT will be on the ground to bring all the insight, action and reaction from South Africa for our engaged and informed listeners.”

Lions Commercial Director, Tom Halsey, commented: “talkSPORT is one of the best in the business when it comes to broadcasting live sport, so we’re delighted to have them onboard for a third consecutive tour. Lions supporters are going to love the coverage from their stellar line-up.”

Bryan Habana said: “This is a hugely anticipated Lions tour and talkSPORT’s coverage will bring the whole tour to life for fans – I’m delighted to be joining the team. It promises to be a first-class contest packed full of drama and will capture the imagination of sports fans across the UK and Ireland.”

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