Early televised matches confirmed by BT Sport

Friday 17 July 2015

Back to back home fixtures versus Exeter and Saracens to be screened by tournament broadcaster

Newcastle Falcons will take centre stage on BT Sport twice in the opening six rounds of the 2015/16 Aviva Premiership following the confirmation of the first set of TV picks and fixture times by Premiership Rugby.

With the competition starting six weeks later than normal – due to the Rugby World Cup – Premiership Rugby and BT Sport have taken the unprecedented step of confirming the fixtures a full 13 weeks ahead of the first match on 16 October.

A total of 18 games will be televised by the tournaments broadcast partner during the first six rounds of the competition, with the Falcons' round three game against Exeter Chiefs, on Sunday 1st November, marking the first visit of the season for the programme team.

Forming part of a post world cup final televised double header, the game has now moved to a 1pm kick off to take the slot in the schedule before the Leicester Tigers v Wasps game.

The December 6th game against Saracens is up next on the box, making it back to back televised home matches for the North East club.

Premiership Rugby’s Commercial Director Dominic Hayes said: "This season we have given supporters more notice than ever before of the televised fixtures to ensure they can plan ahead. This was an important issue for us and we thank BT Sport for their co-operation to achieve this objective,”

"This season is the start of a new six-year deal with BT Sport to broadcast Aviva Premiership Rugby live and after seeing the audience grow by 50% over the previous two campaigns we are delighted to be kicking off the new era in style.”

Simon Green, head of BT Sport said: "2015 is an exciting year for rugby union and we're looking forward to our third season of broadcasting the Aviva Premiership and continuing to grow audiences on BT Sport.”

For a full list of Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures click here

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