BBC wins World Cup rights until 2022

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The World Cup will continue to be free-to-air on UK television for the next eight years, after the BBC and ITV signed a deal to broadcast the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

The agreement, which includes coverage for TV, radio and online, was announced ahead of the 2014 World Cup launch this Thursday.

More than 75% of the UK population tuned in to the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Fifa TV director Niclas Ericson said: "Football fans in the UK can look forward to enjoying the very best coverage of the World Cup free-to-air for a long time to come."

Barbara Slater, BBC Sport director, added: "It is fantastic news that the pinnacle event in world football will continue to be available free of charge for everyone in the UK."

The BBC will provide 50% more coverage for this year's tournament compared to the 2010 World Cup.

It will broadcast every moment on TV, radio and digital platforms, with all content to be made available on BBC iPlayer.

BBC One will show England's first match against Italy on Saturday at 11pm UK time.

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