BBC and ITV retain live rights to UEFA Euros

UK broadcasters the BBC and ITV will show football championships UEFA Euro 2024 and UEFA Euro 2028 under a new rights deal agreed with UEFA.

The broadcasters will split the rights to each tournament equally, with matches divided between broadcasters until a shared final. This arrangement maintains free to air coverage of the men’s UEFA European Championships and reflects the pattern for multiple previous UEFA Euro editions and FIFA World Cups, as well as the forthcoming Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, which begins on 20 November.

Barbara Slater, director BBC Sport, said: “The BBC has proven time and again that we have the ability to bring the biggest sporting events to the widest audience. The previous UEFA European Championships were a huge success so we’re delighted that we’ve completed this deal for the next two tournaments.”

Niall Sloane, ITV director of sport, added: “This deal keeps the Euros available on free to air television for viewers for the coming years. Having delivered the biggest ever UK single channel football audience of 27.6 million at last year’s Euros, for England’s semi-final victory over Denmark, we’re looking forward to bringing to the widest audiences the very best coverage of tournaments that have such broad appeal.”

Euro 2024, hosted by Germany, will see 24 teams compete across 51 matches during the tournament, with the hosts and format for Euro 2028 still to be announced.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director, UEFA said: “Each partner brings in-depth knowledge and expertise to the broadcasting of the UEFA European Football Championship and we look forward to the extensive and excellent coverage.”

The BBC rights portfolio also includes the Olympic Games, The FA Cup, Women’s Super League, Wimbledon Championships, the Six Nations and Match of the Day.

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