Exclusive: BBC renews MOTD highlights programme

By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor

The BBC has agreed a new deal to broadcast Premier League highlights until the end of the 2015-16 season.

The current deal had been scheduled to expire at the end of next season but a three-year extension has been signed.

The rights cover the Saturday evening Match of the Day programme, the Sunday morning repeat, Match of the Day 2 on Sunday evenings and other evenings when Premier League fixtures justify a show such as any midweek games, boxing day and New Year fixtures.

The programmes will be available on the BBC iPlayer from midnight on Mondays, with Match of the Day 3 also set to continue available on the BBC Sport website on Monday mornings.

Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said: “The free-to-air highlights are extremely important to the broadcast reach of the Premier League; allowing the competition and our clubs to be seen by the maximum possible number of fans across the country. The BBC has done a fantastic job for fans of Premier League clubs by providing quality coverage and analysis across their programmes.”

BBC director of Sport Barbara Slater added: “We've seen audiences for MOTD grow in recent years and the programme remains one of the BBC's best loved and most iconic brands. The new contract will see MOTD celebrate its 50th birthday.”

The BBC retained the rights with a bid of £179.7m.

The first ever Match of the Day was broadcast on 22nd August 1964 and top-flight rights have switched between BBC and ITV since then.

Premier League highlights returned to Match of the Day in 2004-05 and comes on the back of the news that the Football League highlights – the Football League show – which again will follow Match of the Day on Saturday nights.

The show is hosted by former England striker Gary Lineker, with Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Shearer among the regular pundits.

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