BBC Sport agrees 3 year Wimbledon deal

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by Stephen Chapman

BBC Sport and the All England Club have agreed a new 3-year extension to their broadcasting deal.

It means the MediaCityUK-based BBC Sport will have rights until 2020, these include live radio coverage rights for Radio 5 Live.

“We are delighted to secure the rights to broadcast Wimbledon until 2020 and continue our long standing and valued partnership with the All England Club,” said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport.

“Wimbledon has a special place in the hearts of the nation and our new agreement ensures the world's greatest tennis championships can be enjoyed free to air by the widest possible audience. Through unparalleled coverage across TV, radio and online Wimbledon on the BBC will continue to unite the nation through must see sporting moments, captivating audiences of all ages.”

During last year’s competition, the BBC provided 15 live HD streams, a multi-court video player, text commentary and audience interaction via social media.

“The BBC consistently delivers large national audiences for Wimbledon and they deliver those audiences with high-quality production values, live across multiple platforms and always with a strong narrative.  Importantly, as host broadcaster for The Championships, the BBC also ensures that we can provide a comprehensive and premium service to our global media partners,” added Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club.