Friday 25 May 2012

BBC awarded Premier League highlights

Broadcaster to show Barclays Premier League action from 2013/14 to 2015/16

Manchester City won the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League in dramatic fashion

The BBC has retained free-to-air highlights of the Premier League in the United Kingdom until the end of the 2015/16 season.

The broadcaster was awarded the rights as the Premier League concluded the sales process for the three seasons from 2013/14 to 2015/16.

With a bid of £179.7m the BBC has retained their highlights package, including the traditional Saturday evening Match of the Day programme, the Sunday morning repeat, MotD2 on Sunday evenings and other evenings when Premier League fixtures justify a show.

"The free-to-air highlights are extremely important to the broadcast reach of the Premier League"
- Richard Scudamore

Match of the Day and MotD2 will also be available on the BBC's iPlayer from midnight on Mondays.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: "The free-to-air highlights are extremely important to the broadcast reach of the Premier League; allowing the competition and our clubs to be seen by the maximum possible number of fans across the country.

"The BBC has done a fantastic job for fans of Premier League clubs by providing quality coverage and analysis across their programmes.

"We are very pleased to be continuing our partnership with them."

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker added: "It is wonderful news that we have MotD for another three years.

"It is a flagship programme and it shows how much the BBC values sport and the importance of football."

BBC Director of Sport Barbara Slater agreed: "With such an amazing season and thrilling finale, Premier League football has never been more exciting and dramatic.

"We're absolutely delighted that the TV highlights will continue to be available to licence fee payers. We've seen audiences for MOTD grow in recent years and the programme remains one of the BBC's best loved and most iconic brands.

"The new contract will see MOTD celebrate its 50th birthday and extend coverage to the end of the 2015/16 season."

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Key Points

  • BBC wins deal to show Premier League highlights
  • Broadcaster's contract to run up until end of 2015/16
  • Match of the Day is BBC's flagship football programme