Rugby League World Cup 2021 and International Rugby League have opened the tender process for the Host Broadcast Services for next year’s competition.
The successful organisation will be responsible for the production and distribution of broadcast coverage for 45 matches at the tournament, for both RLWC2021 and the Rights Holding Broadcasters (RHB).
The BBC, who have broadcast rights in the UK, will produce the remaining 16 matches.
The tender also includes being responsible for the provision and operation of facilities and services as required by the RHB.
The two organisations said they are looking for an organisation “who shares the tournament’s broadcast vision and ambition. They will support the strategic framework of RLWC2021 and its behaviours and values, with a focus on being bold, brave and inclusive.”
They added that the winning bidder will need to embrace innovation and digital technology.
Jonathan Neill, commercial director at RLWC2021, said: “Our broadcast production strategy is critical in our vision to deliver the best and most engaging Rugby League World Cup. To do this we need to become storytellers, embrace technology and engage new audiences.
“It will also provide integration opportunities for commercial partners within broadcast, which supports our aim to deliver a profitable tournament. We’re excited to hear from the market and select a world class partner that will work with us over the next 18 months.”
More details about the tender process can be found here. The deadline for submissions is 3pm on 13th August.