BBC Signs Wimbledon Contract for next 6 Years

Wimbledon All England Tennis ClubBBC Sport will broadcast Wimbledon until 2014, the have sign a new five-year extension to their current deals. The rights will incorporate TV, radio, broadband and for the first time the BBC iPlayer.

The dierctor for sports at the BBS, Roger Mosey said,

We are deeply proud of historic ties with Wimbledon, but this is focused on state-of-the-art digital services. We’re determined to make the event an even bigger part of our national sporting life through the use of new technology and working with the club to innovate across digital platforms

Perhaps the biggest part on what the BBC offers is the ability again for digital viewers to enjoy extensive extra coverage of the Championships via the red button, which will also now be available on broadband.

The BBC first screened Wimbledon in 1937, the new contract will also enable coverage of the two major courts, Centre and Number One, on the BBC’s Higher Definition (HD) channel.

Ian Ritchie, Chief executive of the All England Club, was looking forward to the new deal,

Like the BBC, we are always looking to bring The Championships to a wider audience at the same time as improving the overall quality of the coverage. Through the latest digital technology Wimbledon fans can choose to stay in touch with all the drama and action in a way that suits them best.