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Tuesday 09 April 2013

Premier League award live radio rights from 2013/14

Three-year deal goes to BBC, talkSPORT and Absolute Radio

Swansea City's Michu uses his 'radio' celebration after a goal

The Premier League has completed the sales process for its National Radio Commentary Broadcast rights and has awarded seven packages of rights (see below) for seasons 2013/14-2015/16.

The BBC has been awarded four packages that include Saturday lunch time, Saturday 3:00pm (first pick), Sunday 4pm and Monday night Barclays Premier League fixtures.

talkSPORT has been awarded two packages that include Sunday fixtures before 4pm and Saturday evening matches.

Absolute Radio has been awarded one package that gives them the second picks of Saturday 3pm fixtures throughout the season.

Each radio package comprises 31-33 live Barclays Premier League matches per season for commentary.

Premier League Director of Sales & Marketing, Richard Masters, said: "We are extremely pleased that the BBC, talkSPORT and Absolute Radio have all again chosen to invest in the Barclays Premier League. We look forward to continuing to work with them as they showcase the League to fans across the country.

"The Barclays Premier League live radio commentary rights are important to ensuring a huge number of fans can follow the League and their club.”

Radio rights packages

Package 1 (Saturday 3pm matches first pick) - BBC
Package 2 (Saturday 3pm matches second pick) - Absolute Radio
Package 3 (principally Sunday 4pm matches) - BBC
Package 4 (Saturday lunchtime matches before 3pm) - BBC
Package 5 (principally Sunday matches before 4pm) - talkSPORT (UTV media)
Package 6 (Saturday matches at 5:30pm & Wednesday evenings) - talkSPORT (UTV Media)
Package 7 (principally Mondays 8pm & Tuesday evenings) - BBC 

For an overview of the Premier League's TV rights deals for next season, click here.

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Key Points

  • Live radio commentary rights for Barclays Premier League in the UK awarded
  • The agreement runs from 2013/14 to 2015/16 and totals seven packages
  • BBC, Talksport and Absolute Radio have won the rights