London Marathon stays with BBC until 2021




Ahead of this year's event, the BBC and organisers of the London Marathon have announced a three-year extension of its broadcast rights deal.

The deal gives the BBC exclusive UK broadcast rights to this iconic event across all platforms, including TV, radio and digital up to and including the 2021 marathon.

The new agreement also includes coverage the 40th London Marathon, which will take place in 2020. BBC Sport has been the host broadcaster of the event since the first London Marathon in 1981 and the event has developed into one of the most important on the long-distance calendar, while raising millions of pounds for charity.

Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, says:
“We are delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with the London Marathon, which secures exclusive rights across TV, radio and digital platforms. The London Marathon is an event that unites the nation via huge participation and the BBC’s coverage brings audiences to the heart of the action whilst telling the incredible stories of those taking part.”

Hugh Brasher, Event Director for London Marathon said:
“BBC Sport has been a fantastic partner to the London Marathon. There has been outstanding coverage and support of every aspect of the event – from the excitement of the elite races to the extraordinary stories of the charity and fun runners. We are delighted that our partnership is continuing.”

This year's London Marathon, sponsored by Virgin Money,  takes place on Sunday 24 April with exclusive live coverage across BBC One, BBC Two, Radio 5 live and BBC Red Button. Coverage begins on BBC One at 8.30am, with the men and masses race starting at 10am.

This is the second three year rights extension the BBC has announced this month. Recently it confirmed an extended deal until 2021 for the FA Cup, with coverage shared with BT Sport.



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