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Television

Background

  • Wimbledon was televised for the first time in 1937, when matches were transmitted by the BBC from Centre Court for up to half an hour each day of the meeting.
  • In 1967, Wimbledon provided the first ever colour broadcast in Britain. More than 80 broadcast organisations are on site.
  • Approximately 2500 broadcasters work in the Broadcast Centre.
  • Nine courts have live television coverage (seven after week one), more than any other Grand Slam.
  • Host broadcaster BBC uses nearly 100 cameras around the grounds during The Championships.
  • There are positions for 120 commentators on Centre Court alone.

Broadcast strategy

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Fees paid by international broadcasters are vital since they help create the annual surplus that is then returned into British tennis at all levels by the Lawn Tennis Association.

As important to the All England Club is to carry Wimbledon to as large an audience as possible, which is why, in most parts of the world, the Club aims to place at least part of The Championships on national, free-to-air television.

Broadcasters are approached on a country-by-country basis with agreements designed to satisfy both cable and satellite, and terrestrial broadcasters.

Host broadcaster - the BBC

The BBC is the host broadcaster, as well as the UK rights holder, acting for more than 40 other international networks in what has become the largest annual broadcast operation in the world.

Contracted broadcasters for 2013

 

BROADCASTERTERRITORY
ADMC MIDDLE EAST
ARQCZECH REPUBLIC & SLOVAKIA
BELARUS NATIONAL CHANNELBELARUS
BEIJING TVCHINA
B92SERBIA
BBTVTHAILAND
CANAL+SWEDEN, FINLAND, NORWAY
CANAL+FRANCE
CCTV5CHINA
DIGISPORTROMANIA & HUNGARY
DIGITURKTURKEY
FOX/ASIA PAN-ASIA
ESPNUNITED STATES
ESPN SURSOUTH AMERICA
FIJI TVFIJI, COOK ISLANDS, TONGA
FOXAUSTRALIA
GAORAJAPAN 
GO MULTIPLUSMALTA
GLOBOSATBRAZIL
GMG SPORTGEORGIA
GUANGDONG TVCHINA
HRTCROATIA
I.K.O (SPORT KLUB)BOSNIA, CROATIA, MACEDONIA, MONTENEGRO, SERBIA, SLOVENIA
KAZ SPORTKAZAKHSTAN 
LIAONING TV CHINA
LUMIERE TVCYPRUS
NOSNETHERLANDS
NOVAGREECE 
NHKJAPAN 
NOSNETHERLANDS
NRKNORWAY
NTV+/RUSSIA, UKRAINE, ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELARUS, GEORGIA, KAZAKHSTAN, KYGRYSTAN, MOLDOVA, TAJIKISTAN, TURKMENISTAN, UZBEKISTAN
POLSATPOLAND
QIYICHINA
RTBFBELGIUM 
RTCGMONTENEGRO
RTL BELGIUM 
SEVENAUSTRALIA
SHANGHAI MEDIA GROUPCHINA
SHANDONG TVCHINA
SHENZHEN TV SPORTS CHANNELCHINA
SKY DEUTSCHLANDGERMANY & AUSTRIA
SKY ITALIA ITALY
SOGECABLE (CANAL+ & CUATRO)SPAIN
SOHUCHINA
SPORT1NETHERLANDS
SPORT TVPORTUGAL
SPORTS CHANNELISRAEL
SRGSWITZERLAND
SUPERSPORTALBANIA & KOSOVO
SUPERSPORTSUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
TV+BULGARIA
TV3DENMARK
TENCENTCHINA
TELEKOM TVSOLOMON ISLANDS
TG4REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
THE TENNIS CHANNELUNITED STATES
TSNCANADA 
TVNZNEW ZEALAND
TOTVELDUKRAINE
VRTBELGIUM
VTM (VMMA)BELGIUM
WOWOWJAPAN 
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