BBC Heads in Parliament to Talk Rugby League
The heads of BBC Sport and the BBC Trust will be in Parliament to discuss all matters rugby league with the Parliamentary Rugby League Group.
BBC Trust Chairman Rona Fairchild will join Head of BBC Sport Barbara Slater at a meeting of the Group in late January.
The Group receives more correspondence on the BBC’s coverage of the game than any other single issue, and was the body responsible for compelling the BBC Trust to overturn the BBC’s thoughts on removing live sports coverage from local radio in 2012; something that would have damaged all sports enormously, not just rugby league.
Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West and the Group’s chairman said “we’re very pleased that Barbara Slater and Rona Fairchild have agreed to meet with us and discuss rugby league in the Palace of Westminster. As the national broadcaster, the BBC is close to many people’s hearts and we in the Group want to ensure that it recognises its importance in covering the people’s game and understand how things might be improved to support coverage and develop the sport as the BBC does for others.
There are five Members of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, including Group Vice-Chairman and former BBC reporter Jason McCartney, MP for Colne Valley. He said “I am looking forward to hearing from both Barbara as the executive and Rona as the chairman of its oversight body. It is an important issue for fans, for Group, and for colleagues in the Select Committee to understand the coverage of rugby league by the BBC and the decisions it takes to support the game across all platforms.”