In it’s 50th year Match of the Day has been renewed again…
The BBC has once again won the rights to show Premier League highlights in a deal which lasts until the end of the 2018/19 season.
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The deal covers Saturday night’s Match of the Day, the Sunday morning repeat, Match of the Day 2, Football Focus and a new midweek show which will be broadcast on Wednesday nights on BBC Two.
BBC’s flagship football highlights programme and its sister programme Match of the Day 2 have a combined weekly audience of around 9 million.
While a bidding war was expected with ITV, it has been surprisingly revealed that they chose not to enter into negotiations after the Premier League announced BBC had successfully retained the rights with a bid of £204m.
This could also mean that Gary Lineker will remain as the face of the programme for the foreseeable future after reports emerged this week that BT Sport were looking into the possibility of luring him away.