7 Dec 2009

Maori TV claims lead role for Rugby World Cup

8:55 am on 7 December 2009

Maori Television is again claiming the lead broadcaster title for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Chief executive Jim Mather says a pending deal with the Rugby World Cup board will give the channel rights to show all 48 games, including 16 live broadcasts.

He says those 16 games will also be simulcast with a Maori commentary on the Te Reo Channel, with the commentary also going out on the iwi radio network.

Television New Zealand and TV3 will also broadcast the games, so all New Zealanders should be able to watch the games.

Mr Mather told Waatea News that the World Cup coverage should make the channel more attractive to mainstream advertisers.