28.2 E – BBC extends Wimbledon contract through to 2024

December 4, 2016 • Tags: #liveonsatfreetoair #liveonsattennis

The BBC, Bristish FTA broadcaster, has extended its contract with All England Club and will cover Wimbledon through to 2024. This deal means that one of the biggest sporting events in UK remains free to air across TV, online and Radio.

BBC will cover Wimbledon across its BBC One and BBC Two channels, together with live radio broadcast on BBC Radio 5 and 5 Live Sports Extra.

Last year’s final between Andy Murray and Milos Raonic reached a peak audience of 13.3. million.

BBC and Wimbledon – 80 years of television coverage

From 1937.,the BBC is the host broadcaster and also the UK rights holder, acting for more than 40 other international networks. Next year, the longest partnership in sports broadcasting history celebrates 80 years of television and 90 years of radio coverage.

Broadcasters are approached on a countrybycountry basis with agreements designed to satisfy both cable and satellite, and terrestrial broadcasters. It is important for the All England Club to carry Wimbledon to as large an audience as possible, which is why, the tournament is covered in most parts of the world on free-to-air television.

Current commentators working on coverage include British former players Andrew Castle, John Lloyd, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Samantha Smith and Mark Petchey; legends such as John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, Boris Becker and Lindsay Davenport; and general sports commentators David Mercer, Barry Davies, Andrew Cotter and Nick Mullins. The coverage is presented by Sue Barker and highlights with John Inverdale.

Really extraordinary TV line up by BBC. If you are in England this summer you can watch Wimbledon at BBC Big Screens across the country with thousands of tennis fans. To locate your nearest screen follow the link.