The FA Cup is returning to the BBC in a new four-year shared rights deal with new sports broadcaster BT Sport.
The Football Association confirmed Wednesday that the FA Cup will be returning to the BBC after several years on ITV. BT Sport will be airing the 2013/14 FA Cup season as they acquired broadcaster ESPN earlier this year, who held coverage rights along with ITV.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker will lead the BBC’s coverage and Jake Humphrey will anchor BT Sport’s coverage of games. The BBC had been the home of the FA Cup for decades, with the FA Cup Final one of the main listed sport events that have to be broadcast on terrestrial television.
“Bringing the FA Cup back to the BBC was something I really wanted to do and I am so pleased that we have achieved it for football fans everywhere.” – Tony Hall, BBC Director General
BT Sport launches next month after acquiring a number of Premier League games which will put them in competition with Sky Sports. BT Sport channels will be free for those who subscribe to BT Broadband.
“I would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in these FA Cup broadcast rights and congratulate the BBC and BT Sport on their successful tenders.” – Greg Dyke, FA Chairman
The FA Cup 2013 final was broadcast for the first time on American network television.