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HBS appointed host broadcaster for Rugby World Cup 2023

Company will look to use remote production technology as well as lower its carbon footprint through local production solutions

Rugby World Cup Ltd has appointed Host Broadcast Services (HBS) as the host broadcaster for next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

The two companies previously worked together on 2019’s RWC in Japan.

HBS has been tasked with delivering a full ‘turn-key’ host broadcast, including overall project management as well as the development of a production plan for the event in partnership with RWCL.

The company will also be in charge of the provision of broadcast and technical equipment as well as production and technical staff, broadcast venue management, design and operation of an International Broadcast Centre (IBC), satellite distribution, digital services, servicing to Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHBs) plus all support services required for the delivery of the project.

HBS will also provide the full host broadcast for Rugby World Cup New Zealand 2021, which takes place this year from 8th October to 12th November.

“We are delighted to have been trusted by RWCL once again for the delivery of their major events and look forward to delivering Rugby World Cups in New Zealand and in France,” said Dan Miodownik, HBS CEO. “Such landmark events, in the heartlands of the sport, are great opportunities to work closely with RWCL to present a comprehensive and engaging product to their rights holders and, in turn, audiences around the world.”

HBS said planning for both projects will look to use remote production technology, where practical, as well as lowering the tournaments’ carbon footprint through local production solutions.

Rugby World Cup’s tenth edition will take place in France from 8th September to 28th October 2023 and will also mark the 200th anniversary of the invention of the sport by William Webb Ellis.