The All England Club and the BBC have signed a three-year extension to the current contract, giving the BBC the rights to broadcast The Championships, Wimbledon, from 2018 to 2020.

The move keeps Wimbledon free to air, and The Championships will continue to be played out across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website with live radio coverage rights also extended on Radio 5 live.

“Our long partnership with the BBC has brought the excitement and drama of The Championships to viewers and listeners for over 80 years and we are delighted to be extending our successful association for a further three years until 2020. The BBC consistently delivers large national audiences for Wimbledon and they deliver those audiences with high-quality production values, live across multiple platforms and always with a strong narrative. Importantly, as host broadcaster for The Championships, the BBC also ensures that we can provide a comprehensive and premium service to our global media partners.” -Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of the All England Club

Wimbledon on the beeb has been at the forefront of technological innovation, the corporation boasts, and The Championships 2015 were no exception they add, saying that so far the coverage on the BBC was the most digital to date – 15 live HD streams available across all devices, multi-court video player, text commentary, live votes and audience interaction via dedicated social media. The longest partnership in sports broadcasting history will see Wimbledon coverage continue to develop in the digital age, enabling audiences to follow an unprecedented amount of action, whenever and wherever they want, across all platforms.

BBC Clare Balding

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