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SBD Global/July 25, 2013/Media

UK Athletics Extends BBC TV Deal That Includes Commonwealth Games, Rio Oympics

The BBC "will continue to show British Athletics" until '20 after extending its broadcasting rights agreement, according to the BBC. The deal ensures events such as the Anniversary Games and the British Championships "will be shown on free-to-air television." This "will provide the sport a platform in the years building up to and beyond the 2017 World Championships" in London (BBC, 7/24). The PA reported the BBC "will screen the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and the World Championships in London the following year." UK Athletics CEO Niels de Vos said, "It will ensure that our elite events will be broadcast to the widest possible audience over the next seven years until at least 2020" (PA, 7/24).

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