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FA Cup coverage will move back to the BBC

The BBC have secured the rights to broadcast the FA Cup in a four-year deal which will be shared with BT Sport, who have also rights to show some of the Premier League matches. The Football Association (FA) announced today that the rights are being moved from the ITV, who have had the rights for the FA Cup since 2008, to the BBC as of 2014. The BBC are sharing the rights with BT Sports and therefore there will be two different presenters; for the BBC, Gary Linekar will present it like he does Match of the Day and for BT Sports, Jake Humphrey shall be the new presenter.

The BBC have been broadcasting sports extremely well recently breaking previous records, especially since the Olympics came to England last year. The London 2012 Closing Ceremony had around 24.46 million people glued to their TV, which was the highest TV Audience since an Eastenders episode was broadcasted on the BBC back in 1987. Since then, the Wimbledon Championships final in 2013, which Andy Murray won, recorded 17.3 million viewers, which has been the highest watched show thus far on TV in 2013. This just shows how much sport matters and how it can change the viewing numbers for a channel.

BBC to show the FA Cup following great Olympics numbers

BBC have revealed that the FA Cup matches will be shown on TV as well as online, being streamed from the BBC website so anyone can watch it on a laptop, phone, tablet, etc. It is unclear of how many games the BBC will show or how many BT Sport will show, but there will be coverage of the matches on BBC Radio Five Live until 2018. A company called NEWS UK have won the rights to show clips of the FA Cup online, along with being able to show clips of England games and some Premier League matches.

BBC’s director, Tony Hall, commented, “Bringing the FA Cup back to the BBC was something I really wanted to do. I am so pleased that we have achieved it for football fans everywhere. There is something very special about big national moments on the BBC and the FA Cup should absolutely be one of them. The Olympics, Wimbledon and Glastonbury have shown how our audiences love it when we put the full weight of all our services on TV, radio and digital behind covering these events in depth and in ways no-one else can.”

The BBC’s football presenter, Gary Linekar, commented, “It is terrific news. We have the European Championships, World Cup, Confederations Cup and we’ve got the Women’s Euros 2013. These are summer events. In between Match of the Day is great with highlights every week, but this gives us regular, big live football on the BBC right throughout. It is so important and, vitally, fills a gap for us. It is just a great competition and it’s great to have it back on the BBC.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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