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The RDA agency will look to extract more value from Australia and New Zealand and strike deals in the Pacific Islands for the first time, after taking over international rights to the Super League.

Australia’s National Rugby League increased the value of its international rights by 25 per cent in a multi-party deal that will lead to the creation of an international OTT platform.

New Zealand’s uncompetitive media-rights market made life difficult for IMG’s sale of Rugby League World Cup rights.

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has renewed rights to two properties in the last month as it seeks to protect its sports-rights portfolio well into the future.

Australian commercial broadcaster Seven earlier this month maintained its hold on Rugby League World Cup rights at a significantly increased fee.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has furthered its strategy of investing in the sponsorship of domestic sport by agreeing a long-term deal with New Zealand Rugby League focusing on the women’s g…

The Australian Rugby League Commission, the sport’s national governing body, is considering splitting matches into four quarters rather than two halves to boost future media-rights income.

Australian free-to-air commercial broadcaster Nine has named Brent Williams as its new director of sport

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC will show live coverage of the second test of England’s women’s rugby league team’s tour of Papua New Guinea this weekend. T

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Australia’s National Rugby League this week said its unprecedented decision to strike a deal for free-to-air rights ahead of negotiating pay-television rights had contributed to its record total media-rights income.

Rugby league’s domestic Challenge Cup rights were renewed by the BBC last week, with the public-service broadcast paying a rights-fee increase of about 14 per cent on its previous deal.

Media rights clips from August 27 to September 9

Media rights clips from June 25 to July 8

The National Rugby League’s decision to accelerate its sales process means the two biggest sport properties in Australia will negotiate new deals simultaneously.

Media rights clips from January 29 to February 11

Media rights clips from January 15 to January 28

Media rights clips from January 30 to February 12

Sky keeps BT at arm’s length with seven long-term rights deals

Media rights clips from December 19 to January 15

Media rights clips from 26 September to 9 October

BeIN Sport lands Rugby League World Cup as part of plan to become 'home of rugby' in France

Media rights clips from 27 June to 10 July 

Network Ten buys rights to Sochi winter Games but its real target is Rio 2016

FOOTBALL Football: Dutch public-service broadcaster NOS acquired exclusive rights for Uefa Euro 2016

FOOTBALL Football: Polish pay-television broadcaster Orange Sport acquired exclusive rights for the English FA Cup and England national team home matches

Pauline McVey, analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, reviews the most-watched events of 2012 across 10 of the world’s biggest media markets W