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BBC retains Glastonbury coverage

The BBC has secured a deal that will see coverage of the Glastonbury music festival stay on BBC TV and Radio for the next five years. 

The world’s most famous music festival will be broadcast on the BBC until 2022, including the festival’s 50th anniversary year in 2020, and 2022, the BBC’s 100th anniversary year. There will be a fallow year in 2018.

Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Radio and Music, says:
“This partnership confirms our ongoing commitment to placing music centre stage on the BBC, and presenting our programmes to a global audience via radio, online, television and BBC Red Button. As Glastonbury is one of the world’s leading musical celebrations, I’m delighted that the BBC will be its broadcast home until 2022, the BBC’s 100th anniversary year, bringing the magical joy of Worthy Farm to everyone, whether at home or on the move.”

Glastonbury's Emily Eavis says: 
“We have worked closely with a fantastic team at the BBC since 1997, it has become an integral part of what we do at Glastonbury. Together we have created something really special - two decades of historic live broadcast from many of the biggest names in contemporary music. We are all very excited to look ahead to another five Glastonburys alongside the much treasured BBC.”

In 2016, the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage on TV reached a record-breaking 18.9m people (31.9 percent of the UK population), with the bulk of the coverage carried on BBC Red Button and connected Red Button services alongside highlights and selected live coverage on the BBC's traditional TV channels. On the radio, there were 60 hours of content spread across BBC Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 4.