The BBC will continue to broadcast all three of snooker’s ‘Triple Crown’ tournaments until the end of the 2023/24 season.
A new five-year extension to the current agreement, which ran to 2019, will ensure that the corporation will continue to provide comprehensive live TV coverage and online streaming of the World Championship, UK Championship and the Masters, the sport’s three most prestigious tournaments.
The UK Championship is currently in progress in York and will be followed by the Masters in London in January, before the World Championship in Sheffield in April and May.
World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn commented:
“So many great moments in the history of our sport are synonymous with the coverage they have received on the BBC.
“The Triple Crown tournaments have a history which can’t be replicated and bring something extra special to snooker fans and those watching on the BBC alike.”
In 2019, the BBC is set to mark the 50th anniversary of its first foray into the sport, which arrived in the form of the popular ‘Pot Black’ programme in 1969.
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, added:
“Snooker has been televised by the BBC since 1969 and we are delighted to continue this proud tradition until at least 2024.
“The new deal means that these events will continue to be televised free-to-air for many years to come, which is fantastic news for the many millions of fans around the UK.”
Snooker has provided some of the most memorable sporting moments broadcast by the BBC over the past half century.
Many consider the sport’s heyday to be the 1980s, when a BBC Two record audience 18.5 million people stayed up to see Dennis Taylor beat Steve Davis in the 1985 World Championship final, but snooker still attracts significant audiences on TV and online.