Parliamentary Rugby League Group calls on BBC to change social media coverage
The Parliamentary Rugby League Group has written to the Chairman of the BBC Trust on the corporation’s creation of a social media account that uses the generic term rugby but covers and promotes solely rugby union.
The letter from the Group’s Chairman, MP for Leeds North West Greg Mulholland, to BBC Trust Chairman Rona Fairchild, also raises the BBC’s coverage of the game nationally and specifically in Wales, subjects on which the Group receives regular correspondence from fans of the game.
On what will be one of the Group’s final acts of the current Parliament, Mulholland said “we know the BBC is committed to rugby league and there are people within it who understand its importance to millions of fans, but the creation of an twitter account with the name @BBCRugby that focuses only on one code of rugby is disappointing, and something we in the Group hope it puts right.”
The Group has made clear it would like to see both games covered fairly by the BBC on twitter, with a rugby league account created and both rugby accounts clearly labelled: @BBCRugbyLeague and @BBCRugbyUnion.
The Group has also requested the BBC looks at the scheduling of the Super League Show and coverage in Wales.
The Group has invited Rona Fairchild to Westminster to discuss the BBC’s coverage and support for rugby league when the new Parliament is formed.