London, UK: The All England Club and BBC Sport today announced that the BBC’s current contract as the host broadcaster and UK rights holder for The Championships, Wimbledon, has been extended by a further three years from 2015 to 2017 inclusive.
The new deal, which reaffirms the BBC’s long-term commitment to delivering the best sporting events to licence fee payers, will continue to give audiences unprecedented access to the tournament across all platforms including TV, radio, online, red button, mobile and tablet.
Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive of the All England Club, said: “Wimbledon fans have been enjoying the BBC’s broadcast coverage of The Championships since 1927 and we are delighted to be extending this enduring and successful partnership for a further three years.”
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: “The BBC's first ever live sport broadcast was from Wimbledon and we are proud that our new deal means the longest partnership in sport's broadcasting continues. We know that Wimbledon fortnight has a very special place in the hearts of the UK public. We are delighted that our new agreement ensures coverage of The Championships remains free to air and available to licence fee payers.”