NZME has secured audio broadcasting rights from Sky for three of its audio brands for Rugby World Cup 2023, one of New Zealand’s most anticipated and loved sporting events.
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On Newstalk ZB, GOLD Sport, The Alternative Commentary Collective (The ACC), and iHeartRadio, NZME will broadcast live all the action and excitement of the tournament in France in early September, sharing all the action and excitement.
NZME chief radio officer Jason Winstanley says: “The Rugby World Cup captivates and unites Kiwis unlike any other sporting event and we’re hugely proud to be bringing listeners not only live broadcast coverage, but also expert analysis and the inside scoop from the matches.”
Tournament : 8 September to 28 October 2023
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Elliott Smith, Newstalk ZB’s head rugby commentator, will lead the commentary live from France for Newstalk ZB and GOLD Sport, ensuring New Zealanders stay up-to-date with the action.
“Elliott holds an immense passion for rugby and brings a wealth of experience, having delivered superb commentary and coverage at the last two Rugby World Cup events. I have no doubt he’ll engage our listeners and provide insightful analysis throughout,” says Winstanley.
The ACC’s general manager, Mike Lane, will lead The ACC’s commentary team, delighting fans with the banter and energy that has become synonymous with its rugby coverage.
“We’re looking forward to bringing our own unique style and perspective to the coverage this year – expect high energy and full-throttle mayhem. We can’t wait to unleash, plus there is always the bonus of hearing from those who unintentionally find themselves tuning into our coverage – wondering if the world is, in fact, ending,” says Lane.
Sky chief content & commercial officer Jonny Errington says: “The Rugby World Cup is an incredibly special event for Kiwi sports fans, and we’re delighted to be partnering with NZME to deliver radio coverage to more fans across Aotearoa NZ, in ways that work for them. It’s a great complement to our coverage of all 48 matches live on Sky and 12 matches and daily highlights free-to-air on Prime.”
In nine venues across France, the Rugby World Cup 2023 will be the tenth edition of the men’s tournament.