THE R&A SIGNS NEW FIVE YEAR DEAL WITH THE BBC TO BROADCAST THE OPEN UNTIL 2016
14 July 2010, St Andrews, Scotland: The Open will be broadcast
on the BBC up to and including the 2016 Championship, following a
new deal announced today by The R&A and BBC Sport. The new deal
extends BBC Sport's current contract as exclusive live television
broadcaster, and also covers radio, online, interactive and
This year's event, the 150th Anniversary of The Open Championship,
will be the first ever to be broadcast in High Definition (HD).
Over 40 hours of coverage will be broadcast over the four day
competition on BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC HD Channel, presented
by Hazel Irvine and starting at 9am on Thursday 15 July.
There will be approximately 40 hours of content available on the
Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A said: "The R&A has
enjoyed a special relationship with the BBC for more than 50
years. On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of The Open
Championship, we are very pleased to have ensured the continuation
of that relationship.
"It is very important to The R&A that The Open remains
accessible to as many people as possible and the BBC is an ideal
partner in fulfilling this ambition across the United
BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater said: "We are delighted to
have extended our partnership with The R&A to broadcast The
Open, one of our most important crown-jewel events. We look forward
to continuing to bring top-class golf coverage to the widest
possible audiences through to 2016."
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of over 30 million golfers in 126 countries.
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