Premier League highlights will continue to be broadcast for free on the BBC following the successful negotiation of a four-year deal. The agreement secures the broadcasting rights for iconic shows such as Match Of The Day, set to mark its 60th anniversary in August next year, ensuring its presence as a Saturday night fixture until the conclusion of the 2028/29 season.
The deal encompasses MOTD2 and Football Focus, along with a substantial expansion of digital content available on various BBC Sport platforms. The BBC stands as the sole provider for over half of the Premier League’s television audience in the UK, reaching nearly 30 million viewers with approximately 90 million requests for Premier League content on BBC iPlayer. The current season’s Match of the Day Saturday show has been averaging 4 million viewers on BBC One and iPlayer.
Tim Davie, BBC Director-General, says: “This is great news for football fans. The BBC and the Premier League are two of the UK’s most admired global brands and I’m delighted that our successful partnership will continue. Together, we will ensure that top-flight football and the very best coverage continue to be available to all UK audiences.”
Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, says: “Match Of The Day remains enduringly popular with audiences and this new agreement with the Premier League is brilliant news for football fans all over the UK. For almost 60 years it has been the UK’s most discussed football programme, delivering a complete digest of the weekend’s action and this enhanced deal with more digital content means we can tell the story of the Premier League every day across BBC Sport platforms.”