BBC announces 4 year RHS coverage deal


The BBC has today confirmed it has entered a new four-year contract and partnership with the RHS that will see the broadcaster continue to be the exclusive home of the the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The new deal, which starts in 2018, will see the BBC commit to broadcasting from the event until the end of 2021 with coverage across TV, radio and online.

The deal also includes a commitment to broadcasting exclusively from the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park. Plus it will cover the new RHS Garden at Bridgewater and other opportunities to bring RHS content to wider audiences through Gardener’s World. In addition, there will be a new Daytime series following Britain In Bloom, broadcasting in 2018.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, says: 
“The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is always a major highlight of the spring schedule. I’m delighted that we will be working with the brilliant RHS team for another four years. It's a show that is loved by the public and its natural home is on the BBC. Not only that, the BBC will also expand its coverage to include other RHS events around the country. Across our channels we will be able to bring the magic of these wonderful events to audiences across the country."

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: 
“We are thrilled to have extended our partnership with the BBC across all its platforms until 2021 and are so excited about the increased opportunities presented by the BBC’s expanded coverage of our work, which includes a new TV series on our flagship Britain in Bloom campaign. We look forward to working with the very talented teams across the BBC for another four years.


This year's coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - the last under the old deal - is produced by BBC Studios’ Unscripted Unit and will start on 21 May. BBC One programming will be fronted by Sophie Raworth and Joe Swift, with Monty Don and Joe Swift presenting coverage on BBC Two.

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