BBC & TALKSPORT SECURE PREMIER LEAGUE RIGHTS

10 May 2022

By: Sport Industry Group

The Premier League has sold its UK live audio rights to the BBC and talkSPORT for the next three seasons, covering the 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 football seasons.

BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds will remain the home of the Premier League across the BBC, with 5 Live securing four of the seven rights packages available for the three seasons ahead. The BBC has secured the first pick of a 3pm Saturday kick-off and exclusive rights to the 5.30pm Saturday match slot, as well as the 2pm and 4.30pm kick-offs on Sunday. BBC Radio 5 Live will also maintain rights to two of the four midweek rounds.

talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 have secured rights to broadcast Premier League games at 12.30pm, 3pm (second pick) and 7.45pm on Saturdays. talkSPORT has also expanded its live match offering from its previous deal, picking up exclusive rights for all Premier League matches on Friday and Monday evenings, as well as all midweek matches rescheduled from weekends.

In each of the next three seasons, the talkSPORT network will also carry all matches at 12pm on Sundays as well as twenty further exclusive matches played as part of the festive Bank Holiday fixture programme and a further midweek round.

News UK EVP, President of Broadcasting, Scott Taunton, said, “talkSPORT is the world’s biggest sports radio station and the UK’s only station truly powered by fans. Today we have consolidated our partnership as the Premier League’s only national commercial radio partner, retaining our position as the GameDay destination on Saturday, as well as gaining new live fixtures during the week.

“Our commentary teams across talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 are providing best-in-class live coverage to millions of football fans across the UK. And, across the schedule, our peerless presenting team are delivering unrivalled Premier League coverage to more listeners than ever.”

Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, commented, “As we approach the end of another vintage Premier League campaign, we are delighted to confirm our live audio rights deal for the next three seasons.

With more live Premier League commentaries than any other UK broadcaster, BBC Radio 5 Live will remain the home of Premier League football.”

 

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