The Scrum V logo
|Country of origin||Wales|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC Two Wales|
|Picture format||720x576 (1998-present anamorphic 16:9, pre-1998 4:3)|
|Original release||September 10, 1995 – present|
|Related shows||Rugby Special|
Scrum V (pronounced Scrum Five) is the brand used by BBC Wales for its rugby union programmes. The brand extends to BBC Wales' live coverage, Scrum V Live, highlights and discussion programmes, radio discussion and website.
- Television 1
- Website 2
- Radio 3
- Footnotes 4
- External links 5
Prior to the introduction of Scrum V, BBC Wales broadcast a discussion based format television programme called Rugby Special Wales. In September 1995, this was replaced by Scrum V. In addition live rugby matches in Wales that were not shown across the UK are shown under the title Scrum V Live. As of 2013, this primarily consists of games in the Pro 12 league to which the BBC hold rights to. The Scrum V Red Zone available via the red button on satellite TV is hosted by Rick O'Shea.
The show was initially presented by Alan Wilkins and Eddie Butler. Graham Thomas joined the presentation team in 1998. In 2006, following disputes between the Welsh Rugby Union and the BBC, both Thomas and Butler left the show. Gareth Lewis took over presentation of both the live match coverage and discussion show. In 2011, Ross Harries took over as presenter when Lewis took up a new role with BBC Radio Wales.
Alternative commentary for live matches is also broadcast via the Red Button, and is available outside Wales on Freeview even though the ordinary programme is not available on Freeview outside of Wales.
The Scrum V website contains information about the programme, further features centred on Welsh rugby as well as the ability to watch previous editions of the show. The Scrum V website also houses the BBC Rugby Union messageboards. Like the television programme, the website uses a different visual style to that of the rest of BBC Sport, although quotes from the Scrum V messageboard are incorporated into the main BBC sport website.
For the 2006/07 season it was announced that a Thursday night discussion programme would be broadcast on BBC Radio Wales under the Scrum V branding.
- "Classic Scrum V: The first show". BBC Sport Online.
- Morgan, Gareth (2006-07-20). "Butler shown the door as 'Scrum V' presenter". Western Mail. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29.
- "Ross Harries is the new face of BBC Wales' Scrum V" (Press release). BBC. 2011-08-18.
- Aberdare Online:New four-year broadcast deal for Welsh rugby
- Scrum V at BBC Online
- Breakaway Forum