BBC to broadcast Wimbledon tennis until at least 2017

New three-year deal will extend the corporation's relationship with the tournament to 90 years

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Wimbledon tennis will remain on the BBC until at least 2017 after the corporation’s contract to cover the event as host broadcaster was renewed by three years. 

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Barbara Slater, the director of BBC Sport, said: “The BBC’s first ever
live sport broadcast was from Wimbledon and we are proud that our new
deal means the longest partnership in sports broadcasting continues.

“We
know that Wimbledon fortnight has a very special place in the hearts of
the UK public. We are delighted that our new agreement ensures coverage
of the championships remains free to air and available to licence fee
payers.” 

Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of the All England Club, said: “Wimbledon fans have been enjoying the BBC’s broadcast coverage of the championships since 1927 and we are delighted to be extending this enduring and successful partnership for a further three years.”

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As host broadcaster, the BBC today produces almost 1,000 hours of television per tournament for distribution to more than 150 countries across the globe.