Sport Central to New Season on Virgin

Sport featured strongly at yesterday’s launch of the Virgin Media spring schedule with the Guinness Six Nations and the UEFA Champions League front and centre stage.

Live rugby returns this weekend as Joe Molloy, Shane Horgan, Shane Jennings, and Alan Quinlan will be back on screen with coverage of the Heineken Champions Cup, kicking off with Leinster as they seek revenge against Toulouse.

In February the Guinness Six Nations will dominate screens with all 15 matches to be broadcast live on Virgin Media One.

Graeme Souness, Niall Quinn, Kevin Kilbane, Keith Andrews and Brian Kerr will head up the panel of experts, alongside Tommy Martin in the studio, for the return of the Champions League and its knock out stages next month as well.

Virgin Media Sport will also broadcast the best in international football with the EURO 2020 qualifiers kicking off with the first of sixty live games in March, and in June, the channel will broadcast the UEFA Nations League finals featuring England, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland.

Virgin Media One will also carry 45 days of racing in 2019, including all 4 days of the Cheltenham Festival in March and the Aintree Grand National in April as well as the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot in the summer months.

“We had a record year in 2018 with our best ever share of viewership, up 7% from the previous year,” said Virgin Media Television’s Director of Programming, Bill Malone.

“In 2019, we aim to continue that success story with a schedule defined by quality Irish programming and a year of big brand TV on Virgin Media Television including rugby’s greatest championship, the Guinness Six Nations; every UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match live”


Image Credit: Brian McEvoy

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