Pacific Cup to attract international audience

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THE SP Brewery Pacific Cup will attract unprecedented radio and television audiences for a Pacific Nations Rugby League tournament with coverage into the UK, Australia and throughout the Pacific.
The Pacific Cup will also be broadcasted live on internet platforms within Australia from www with Telstra BigPond yesterday confirming it will cover all four tournament matches at Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby.
Fans in Australia keen to tune into the action can do so through the Nine Network, which will broadcast a one-hour package of each weekend’s matches on Nov 1 and Nov 8 at midday.
The coverage will extend to British audiences through BSkyB’s Sky Sports in November.
Papua New Guinea’s eminent radio broadcaster FM100 will distribute coverage throughout PNG and the Pacific Islands.
FM100 will also conduct a live broadcast of Saturday’s qualifying match between Samoa and Cook Islands at Barlow Park in Cairns, which is set to attract up to 7,000 local fans.
In Papua New Guinea, long time league broadcaster EMTV will deliver the coverage terrestrially to more than half of the people of PNG.
Fiji TV will broadcast the games in Fiji on its free to air service Fiji One and on its Sky Pacific platform to the rest of the Pacific region, while arrangements are being made for terrestrial coverage in other Pacific Island nations, RLIF chairman Colin Love said.
“The Pacific nations play an exhilarating brand of rugby league which television audiences around the world are really going to enjoy.
“It’s very encouraging for the tournament to have received such solid support from our broadcast partners,” he said.