By Deirdre Tynan •
Published: 13 Jul 2021 • 14:09
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The BBC and the All England Club announced a three-year extension to their broadcast partnership, giving the BBC the domestic rights to broadcast The Championships, Wimbledon, up to and including 2027.
The new agreement guarantees that Wimbledon will remain free to air for UK fans for a further three years from the conclusion of the current contract in 2024, with The Championships broadcast across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC online, BBC iPlayer and on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 live sports extra. In 2019, a peak audience of 9.6m watched the men’s Wimbledon final on BBC One.
The longest partnership in sports broadcasting history celebrates 85 years of television in 2022, and this new extension will see 100 years of radio in 2027. It enables UK audiences to follow extensive live commentary, exclusive interviews, an unprecedented amount of court action and news on the BBC.
“Wimbledon has a special place in the hearts of the nation and with this extension we can continue our longstanding and valued partnership with the All England Club. Wimbledon on the BBC will continue to bring the nation must-see sporting moments free to air, captivating audiences of all ages,” said Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport on July 12.
Mick Desmond, of the All England Club, added, “We are absolutely delighted to have extended our historic partnership. The BBC is as synonymous with Wimbledon as strawberries and cream, and enables us to reach all corners of the UK through their outstanding production and network of platforms. We are really looking forward to taking this relationship from strength to strength, and celebrating 100 years together in 2027.”
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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