Sunset+Vine will be producing BBC ALBA’s sports coverage with a new multi-annual contract.
The UK-based company landed the three-year deal after a competitive commissioning process. Sunset+Vine will be responsible for delivering the coverage of at least 176 hours of live sporting events per annum, including football, shinty and rugby.
This will see the sports indie deliver a minimum of 26 live SWPL games each season and 21 live SPFL League 1 games and Glasgow Celtic Society Challenge Cup games.
The global sports producer will also cover a range of live shinty with this year’s Camanachd Cup Semi-Finals, the Cottages.com MacAulay Cup Final, the Valerie Fraser Cup Final and the historic Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final all taking place in August and September.
Sunset+Vine’s first live match was the Camanachd Cup Semi-Final between Kinlochshiel and Kingussie on 5th August and the team has since broadcast further shinty and the first of the 2023 season SWPL games.
Recent coverage also features the debut of BBC ALBA’s brand-new sports branding. The new look adopts the bold and iconic yellow branding used across other sports brands in the BBC portfolio, making BBC ALBA’s high-quality sports brand instantly recognisable to audiences.
Margaret Cameron, Director of Content at MG ALBA, said: “Sport continues to be a major draw for BBC ALBA audiences and we’re committed to building on our reputation of delivering high-quality, high-impact sporting moments.
“This three-year contract is of strategic importance to MG ALBA and BBC ALBA. We look forward to working with Sunset+Vine to build on BBC ALBA’s reputation as a provider of high-quality sports coverage and our commitment to, in particular, Scottish women’s sport.”
Grant Philips, Head of Sunset+Vine Scotland, said: “At Sunset+Vine, we specialise in live sports coverage in Scotland, the U.K. and around the World. We are delighted to be working with MG ALBA and BBC ALBA to bring a brand new and fresh approach to their sports output. We will deliver the highest production standards over the next 3 seasons for BBC ALBA’s viewers.”
Watch LIVE Cinch SPFL League 1 from Saturday 26th August and continuing ScottishPower SWPL coverage on BBC ALBA and BBC iPlayer from Sunday 27th August.
LIVE coverage of shinty’s WCA Mowi Valerie Fraser Cup Final features on BBC ALBA and BBC iPlayer on Saturday 2nd September 2023.