EXCLUSIVE: Former England rugby star Jeremy Guscott steps down as BBC unveil a new-look punditry team ahead of the Six Nations opener… with Gabby Logan set to lead live coverage
- Jeremy Guscott steps down after more than two decades of BBC coverage
- BBC have unveiled a new-look punditry team including Gabby Logan
- Former Lions Martin Johnson and Sam Warburton will take on key punditry roles
The BBC will unveil a new-look team for this weekend’s Six Nations opener with stalwart Jeremy Guscott stepping down after more than two decades.
The former England centre will not feature in the coverage, which he has been a part of since the turn of the millennium, having decided to focus on other business interests.
Anchorman John Inverdale has also retired from the BBC’s slimmed-down production, with the terrestrial broadcaster now showing just one game per weekend.
The BBC will have a new-look team for the Six Nations, with Gabby Logan (L) leading coverage instead of Jeremy Guscott (R)
Former rugby star Jeremy Guscott has stepped down after more than two decades with BBC
BBC TV LINE-UP
Live Presenter — Gabby Logan
Rugby Special presenter — Ugo Monye
Pundits/Co-Comms — Martin Johnson; Sam Warburton; John Barclay; Jonathan Davies; Chris Paterson; Brian Moore; Andy Nicol; Dylan Hartley
Commentators — Eddie Butler; Andrew Cotter; Sara Orchard
Reporters — Sonja McLaughlan; Lee McKenzie
Former Lions captains Martin Johnson and Sam Warburton will take on key punditry roles, with Dylan Hartley also joining the cast having worked on the women’s autumn internationals.
Gabby Logan will lead the coverage, starting with England’s Calcutta Cup opener in Scotland on Saturday.
While ITV will now show the bulk of the Six Nations fixtures, the BBC will launch a new Rugby Special highlights and analysis package at 6pm on Sunday.
Former England winger Ugo Monye will present the hour-long primetime show, having previously been a part of ITV’s Six Nations coverage.
Rugby’s powerbrokers contemplated selling this year’s rights to paywall broadcasters, but opted for the BBC and ITV for their huge audience share.
Sunday’s Premiership game between Sale and Leicester is understood to have pulled in a peak audience of more than 700,000 on ITV.
On Monday, Sale recorded a 1,000 per cent rise in online searches for the club, compared to the previous week, alongside a surge in ticket sales.
Gabby Logan will lead the BBC’s coverage, starting with England’s Calcutta Cup opener
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