Whisper Wins BBC Women’s Six Nations
Whisper has been chosen to produce the BBC Women’s Six Nations Rugby coverage in 2017.
In a first for the women’s game, Whisper Films will produce a 30- minute evening highlights programme every Six Nations weekend.
Women’s rugby is a fast-growing sport with an estimated 1.7 million players worldwide and there will be much anticipation around the Six Nations building towards the World Cup in Ireland later this year.
BBC Sport’s Rugby Editor, Richard Hughes, said: “We’re delighted to be able to showcase the Women’s Six Nations on terrestrial television for the first time. Whisper produced a really impressive presentation and we look forward to working with them in what is a huge year for the sport.”
Coverage will kick off on Sunday February 5th on BBC2, presented by Lee McKenzie with commentary from Sara Orchard.
Whisper Director, David Coulthard, said: “We are delighted by the BBC commission and feel there’s real momentum around Whisper. We have had some fantastic feedback to our award-winning Formula 1 coverage and the NFL programming for the BBC. Our team is committed to producing creative programmes and increasing the reach of women’s sport, so this is a perfect fit.”
Whisper team has a track record of supporting women’s sport with Head of Television, Mark Cole playing a key role in the growth of women’s football while at the BBC. Whisper also have one of the most diverse production teams in the independent sector with more female staff than male and representatives from BAME, LGBT and disabled groups.
2017 has started well for Whisper with another commission, this time for The Olympic Channel and a second series of Flame Catchers. The first season, featuring Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, showcased the legacy from previous Olympic hosts. This will be followed by five additional programmes focusing on Winter Olympic venues.
Whisper produces over 160 hours of terrestrial coverage each year with Formula One for Channel 4, 40 NFL magazine shows for BBC Sport and NFL UnDiscovered on Sky Sports, along with coverage of the World Endurance Championship for Channel 4.