The BBC has been awarded the UK broadcast rights for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with the Commonwealth Games, an event we have covered for over 60 years. The Games never fail to deliver those moments that unite the nation, and we’re delighted that we’ll be there to bring all of the action – free to air – to audiences across all of our platforms.” – Barbara Slater, BBC’s Director of Sport
It will be the 17th consecutive Commonwealth Games to be covered by the UK’s public broadcaster as the beeb continues to develop its long-established relationship at the heart of Commonwealth sport. The live sporting action will take place nine hours ahead of the UK, with the corporation promising no less than 180 hours of comprehensive through-the-night coverage, supported by daytime replay and peak time evening highlights across BBC One, BBC Two, the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and national and local radio.
“I can’t think of a more fitting day than Commonwealth Day to announce that our long-standing broadcast partner, the BBC, has secured our rights for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The BBC has a proud and prolific Commonwealth sporting history, and following their inclusive, innovative and extensive free-to-air coverage from Glasgow 2014, I have no doubt that UK sports fans will be transported ‘down under’ for an inspiring and memorable Games experience in two years’ time.” – David Grevemberg CBE, Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive
The announcement follows confirmation earlier today that the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will feature the largest para-sport competition in Commonwealth sporting history, with 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports. This latest agreement joins the existing broadcast deals across Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States for Gold Coast 2018, Australia’s first Commonwealth Games since the hugely successful 2006 Games in Melbourne.