Silktails Matches To Be Broadcast On Free-To-Air

In a huge boost for rugby league in the Pacific region, all of the Kaiviti Silktails’ matches in the Jersey Flegg competition will be distributed by PacificAus TV in 2024 to over nine Free-to-Air broadcast channels across the Pacific, whilst FBC will be the exclusive free-to-air-broadcast-partner in Fiji.

Starting with this Saturday’s clash against Wests Tigers at Lidcombe Oval, all of the Silktails’ home and away matches will be shown on Free-to-Air channels across the Pacific, bringing more rugby league content to the region.

After three seasons in the Ron Massey Cup competition, the Silktails are moving to the Jersey Flegg Cup this year in line with their decision to focus on player development.

“The ARL Commission is focussed on growing the game in the Pacific, so we are delighted to be able to bring more games to more people through this partnership,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.

“Having all home-and-away matches of the Silktails broadcast on free-to-air across the Pacific is a fantastic opportunity to bring more rugby league content to the Pacific region.

“Our goal is to ensure rugby league is the number one sport in the Pacific. That starts with showcasing the quality of the athletes and the game to as many people as possible.”

“PacificAus TV is excited to share top Fijian local Rugby League talent with our Pacific partner broadcasters, in association with the NRL and NSWRL,” said Bridget Fair, CEO, Free TV Australia.

“Through our Pacific broadcast partners, PacificAus TV brings the best of Australian sport and quality television programs that Australian audiences know and love to viewers in our region.”

Silktails chairman Petero Civoniceva added: “This broadcast deal is not just a win for the Silktails as a club but a massive win for our code in Fiji.

“This broadcast deal will allow these young players to showcase their talents playing for the Silktails on television across the Pacific.

“On behalf of everyone at the Kaiviti Silktails a big Vinaka Vakalevu to all of the key stakeholders that have put this landmark deal together.”

PacificAus TV is an initiative of the Australian Government that is proudly delivered by Free TV Australia.

The program aims to deliver increased access to high quality, trusted and credible content, contributing to a diversity of media in the Pacific region and projecting a positive image of modern Australia.

PacificAus TV makes the broadcast rights to over 2,000 hours per year of premium Australian commercial television content available to 14 local free broadcast partners in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru.

/NRL Public Release. View in full here.