BBC secures Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games rights

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BBC Sport has won the rights to screen exclusive coverage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The £5m deal means the corporation will broadcast events on television and radio and provide online coverage for the home nations.

In addition to securing the rights to broadcast the 2014 Games, the BBC has also agreed to work with the organisers on a number of fronts, including assistance in appointing a host production broadcaster.

The multi-million pound agreement will give the BBC exclusive audio-visual UK transmission rights along with non-exclusive audio rights across all platforms.

The BBC has a long association with the Commonwealth Games which dates back to the first British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, and the organisation will bring unrivalled experience of covering major multi-sport Games.

In addition, it is expected that the BBC’s Nations and Regions sport and news teams for television, radio and online will generate considerable additional interest by focusing on the performance of local competitors in those parts of the British Isles which compete at the Games as separate teams.

As well as broadcasting all the sporting action from the games, BBC Scotland will also show additional programming previewing the event.

Director of BBC Scotland Ken MacQuarrie said: “BBC Scotland will have a special role at the heart of our coverage in giving the games extensive exposure in Scotland across our dedicated TV, radio and online services – all of which will help make the 2014 games a truly momentous occasion in Scotland.”

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, is equally enthusiastic: “We are proud to have broadcast every Commonwealth Games to the UK public since 1954 and we look forward to continuing the BBC’s relationship with the Games in Glasgow.”

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