BBC to broadcast 1,000 extra hours of live sport a year


The BBC has announced further details of its plan to stream 1,000 extra hours of live sport a year via the BBC Sport website.

More than 26 additional sports and sporting events – including Women’s Super League football, British Basketball League, wheelchair rugby and the early rounds of the FA Cup – have already been streamed via BBC Sport online and the iPlayer.

In addition to the announcement in November 2017, the BBC has now formed new a collaboration with UK Sport which will enable more major Olympic and Paralympic sporting events to be live streamed to the public.

The BBC has worked closely with the likes of the FA, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the International Tennis Federation, British Swimming and British Basketball, with the aim of broadcasting coverage from more than 30 additional sports or sporting events every year, including World, European and National Championships.

This means sports fans are able to watch more matches from the early rounds of the FA Cup, Rugby League Challenge Cup, Women’s Super League Football, the British Basketball League, Wheelchair Tennis and much more.

This expanded online offer complements the BBC’s extensive TV and radio portfolio, which includes the Olympic Games to 2024, the Wimbledon Championships to 2024, the Football World Cup to 2022, Euro 2020 plus the 6 Nations and FA Cup to 2021.

All of the BBC’s sports coverage is available to stream through connected devices, TV, tablet and mobile, while viewers will be able to personalise the service, which the BBC says will “deliver more sport to more people”.

The corporation has also confirmed that the BBC Sport connected TV app will be relaunched later this year.

Tony Hall, BBC Director General, said:

“We’re giving people more of what they love by working in partnership with the sports industry and making the most of digital technology.

“This shows how we’re reinventing the BBC for a new generation.”

BBC Sport is the most popular sports website in the UK, while BBC iPlayer is one of the most popular video on-demand services.

Barbara Slater, Head of BBC Sport, added:

“We’ve seen the nation get behind a whole host of sports in recent years, especially at major events.

“We want to use BBC Sport’s live streaming service to showcase more of those moments that inspire people to take part.

“Put simply, it’s a huge expansion in the availability of free-to-air sport in the UK.”

Click here to access the BBC Sport Live Guide for all the forthcoming live sport on the BBC

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