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Thursday 05 July 2012

Match of the Day 2 moves to BBC One

BBC's Sunday Barclays Premier League highlights show gets regular BBC One slot

Manchester City won the Barclays Premier League title for the first time last season

The BBC has announced that it is to televise Match Of The Day 2 on BBC One from the 2012/13 season.

With an increased number of Premier League games now played on a Sunday, the decision has been taken to move the popular Barclays Premier League highlights programme from BBC Two to the broadcaster’s flagship channel, where it will air at 10.25pm on Sundays from the start of the coming season.

Match Of The Day will continue to be shown on its regular Saturday night slot.

"As a huge fan of Match Of The Day I'm thrilled that MOTD2 is moving to a regular home on BBC One"
- Danny Cohen

"As a huge fan of Match Of The Day I'm thrilled that MOTD2 is moving to a regular home on BBC One," said Danny Cohen, the Controller of BBC One.

"The audience response to the BBC's coverage of Euro 2012 has been fantastic, meaning that this is the perfect moment to make this move."

The BBC retained free-to-air highlights until the end of the 2015/16 campaign in May following the conclusion of the sales process for the three seasons from 2013/14.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said at the time: "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.”

Match of the Day and Match Of The Day 2 will also be available on the BBC's iPlayer from midnight on Mondays.

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Key Points

  • BBC to televise Match of the Day 2 on BBC One
  • Programme to air on Sundays at 10.25pm
  • BBC retained free-to-air highlights in May