BBC Sport extends snooker broadcast deal until 2027.
The 5 year extension with WST includes the World Championship, which takes place at The Crucible in Sheffield, as well as the UK Championship in York and the Masters.
The current agreement ran until the end of the 2023/24 season, but has been extended by a further 3 years.
“It’s wonderful news for snooker fans across the UK that the Triple Crown events will remain free-to-air. We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with WST and delighted to see it continue to 2027,” said Barbara Slater, Director of MediaCityUK-based BBC Sport.
The Betfred World Snooker Championship runs for 17 days every Spring, with last year’s final attracting a peak audience of 4m.
“Extending this partnership demonstrates what a successful relationship we have built with the BBC over a period of more than 50 years,” added WST Chairman Steve Dawson.
“Our relationship allows us to tap into the huge reach that only the BBC can deliver while providing world class sporting drama to BBC audiences. Snooker belongs on the BBC and it’s important for our sport to be seen by a massive audience throughout the UK. Millions of people enjoy snooker’s biggest events on the BBC and the quality of their production is outstanding. BBC’s coverage is an integral part of the rich history which surrounds our Triple Crown tournaments.”