BBC extends Badminton Horse Trials rights to 2020


The BBC will continue its long-running association with the world-famous Badminton Horse Trials after signing a new four-year rights deal.

In the 60th year of the BBC covering the prestigious equestrian sporting event, the two organisations have announced an extension of our contract up to and including the 2020 edition.

As part of the new deal, which covers 2017 to 2020 inclusive, the BBC will screen live network TV coverage of the Sunday events, including the live show-jumping finale.

Coverage of the preceding day’s Cross Country events will also be covered by the corporation on its Red Button service and online via the BBC Sport website.

The agreement continues a long standing relationship between the BBC and the world-famous Badminton Horse Trials, currently sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors, which goes back to 1957.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: “The Badminton Horse Trials is one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian calendar and we are really pleased that we can continue our coverage of this important sporting event.

“With Rio 2016 just around the corner there’s no better time to reinforce our commitment to one of the most treasured Olympics sports.”

Hugh Thomas, Event Director of Badminton Horse Trials, added: “This is the 60th anniversary of the BBC covering Badminton, and I am delighted that that they have confirmed four more years.”

The 2016 Badminton Horse Trials take place from May 4-8 and there will be live coverage of the final two days on the BBC.

On Saturday, May 7, there will be coverage of the Cross Country on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website. 

Then on Sunday, Clare Balding hosts a special two-hour programme on BBC Two at 2.00pm, live from Badminton, which features highlights of the Cross Country before live coverage of the Show Jumping finale, all of which will be simulcast on BBC Sport website.

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