Wimbledon To Take Over From BBC As Host Broadcaster Of Its Tournament From Next Year
Wimbledon will take over from the BBC next year as host broadcaster of its tournament as "part of the changing media landscape," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. The All England Lawn Tennis Club is setting up Wimbledon Broadcasting Services, which will have "control of all TV cameras for the first time." This will "suit perfectly the private members club," which can now dictate what is shown on screen rather than having to argue occasionally with the BBC about "controversial moments." The AELTC will be "more in tune with worldwide interest" in what it broadcasts. The BBC will "still work closely" with the club on domestic output, but without its "previous power." The Australian Open has already taken its TV production in-house and the AELTC moved in that direction by "beefing up" its Wimbledon channel to provide global digital coverage via its app. The change will "benefit the BBC" in saving production costs while preserving its rights. Wimbledon has former BBC tennis producer Paul Davies already on its staff to run WBS (DAILY MAIL, 7/16).