BBC aces Wimbledon coverage until 2020
| 19 September 2015
Returning with vengeance the volleys of criticism of those who say it doesn’t do sport any more, the BBC has extended its deal to show the Wimbledon tennis tournament until 2020.
Showing exactly how keen the BBC was to add two years onto the contract, no less a figure than BBC Director General Tony Hall said: “There is something very special about having major sporting events on the BBC, and in what are difficult financial times, this is a deal that represents the BBC’s commitment to sport in what is an incredibly competitive market.”
Continuation of the longest partnership in sports broadcasting history will keep Wimbledon free to air in the UK, and The Championships will continue to be played out across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website with live radio coverage rights also extended on Radio 5 live.
The 2015 tournament was also something of a technical showcase with 15 live HDTV streams available across all devices, multi-court video player, text commentary, live votes and audience interaction via dedicated social media. It will see Wimbledon coverage continue to develop in the digital age, enabling audiences to follow an unprecedented amount of action, whenever and wherever they want, across all platforms.
Commenting on why Wimbledon’s organisers stuck with the BBC, Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of the All England Club, said: “Our long partnership with the BBC has brought the excitement and drama of The Championships to viewers and listeners for over 80 years and we are delighted to be extending our successful association for a further three years until 2020. 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.”