London, UK: The All England Club and the BBC today announced a new three-year extension to the current contract giving the BBC the rights to broadcast The Championships, Wimbledon, in the UK from 2018-2020 (inclusive).
The move keeps Wimbledon free-to-air and The Championships will continue to be played out across BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC Red Button with live radio coverage rights also extended on Radio 5 live.
Wimbledon on the BBC has always been at the forefront of technological innovation and The Championships 2015 were no exception, being the most digital to date - 15 live HD streams available across all devices, multi-court video player, text commentary, live votes and audience interaction via dedicated social media. The longest partnership in sports broadcasting history 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.
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.”
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport said: “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. 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.”