BBC Sport wins rights to 2021 and 2023 World Athletic Championships

Simon Austin's picture
World Athletics

BBC Sport has won the broadcast rights to the 2021 and 2023 World Athletic Championships.

Barbara Slater, the Director of BBC Sport, said: “After the medal-winning performances from Dina Asher-Smith, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and our relay teams, this is fantastic news for the BBC that we can continue to broadcast world-class athletics free-to-air and provide audiences across the country with the best coverage of our British athletes and world superstars.”

Last week, IAAF president Sebastian Coe criticised the Corporation’s coverage of the Championships in Doha, singling out presenter Gaby Logan for attack.

“It’s very easy to sit there and make all sorts of Gabby Logan-type judgments over three or four days and clear off back to Match of the Day,” said Coe.

“But it’s really important that we see the long-term development of our sport. That’s not going to be done because we have challenges over ticketing in a stadium for three days. The problem I’ve got with that is it’s the way our sport is being portrayed by some of the people in that studio.”

Poor crowds were a major talking point of the Championships, at which Dina Asher-Smith became the first British woman to win a sprint world title, claiming gold in the 200m.

Northern Digital Awards

Entries for the Northern Digital Awards are now open

The event returns to Leeds on Thursday 30th January