BBC retains Match of the Day Premier League highlights until 2018

The BBC has retained the rights to the Barclays Premier League football highlights through to 2018.

The show, which is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, will continue to be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday evenings, followed by its Sunday morning repeat, MOTD2, Football Focus and a new midweek magazine show airing on BBC Two. The whole programming schedule will be available on the BBC iPlayer.

Match of the Day reaches a cumulative audience of 33 million, with nine million each weekend catching presenter Gary Lineker and pundits including Alan Shearer.

Barbara Slater, director BBC Sport, said: “We’re delighted to retain the rights to show Premier League highlights on the BBC, and continue to bring the most popular league in the world to our audiences. Match of the Day is the most iconic brand in television sport, and we work hard to ensure that it continues to be the destination for millions of viewers each weekend across platforms.”

BBC Director General Tony Hall, added: “Sport matters. It brings the nation together. It can break hearts and raise spirits. And because it matters to the public, it also matters to the BBC. That’s why it’s fantastic news that we have kept the Premier League highlights.”

The yet to be named midweek programme will review and preview the weekend’s action with the latest Premier League news and exclusive interviews with managers and players.

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