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BBC retain rights to show Match of the Day until end of 2018/19 season


The BBC has retained the rights to show Premier League highlights through it's flagship Match of the Day show until the end of the 2018/19 season.

The agreement covers MOTD's Sunday morning repeat, MOTD2, Football Focus and a new midweek show on Wednesday nights on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.

MOTD, currently hosted by former Spurs and England striker Gary Lineker, is in its 50th year, and alongside MOTD2 has a combined weekly audience of nine million.

Speaking of the BBC Sport website, Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, called the programme "the most iconic brand in television sport".

She added that it was "very exciting" to be able to add a new midweek show to the mix that would reflect "the continued appetite for Premier League action and analysis".

BBC Director General Tony Hall said: "Sport matters. It brings the nation together. It can break hearts and raise spirits. And because it matters to the public, it also matters to the BBC. That's why it's fantastic news that we have kept the Premier League highlights."

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