The BBC has extended its deal to broadcast Wimbledon for another four years up to 2024.

The new agreement means that Wimbledon will remain free-to-air for UK fans for a further four years from the conclusion of the current contract in 2020, with The Championships broadcast across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC online channels and on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 live sports extra.

In 2016, a peak audience of 13.3m saw Andy Murray win his second Wimbledon title on BBC One.

As part of the new agreement, the BBC and the All England Club will collaborate on the production of the host broadcast from 2018, with the BBC concentrating on the domestic output, while the AELTC will take responsibility for providing a service to its global media partners and continuing the work done here by the BBC.

The renewal of the Wimbledon deal follows the loss of a swathe of key sports rights by the BBC, such as Open Golf and Formula 1,  to competitors such as Sky, BT, Discovery and Channel 4.

It lost control of the Olympic Games from 2022 onwards to Discovery owner Eurosport.

Staff Reporter

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