BBC and London Marathon extend deal through to 2018

This prestigious race is a hugely important national event and a key part of BBC Sport’s calendar. We look forward to bringing the full spectacle live to audiences through to 2018 across the BBC platforms.”Barbara Slater, BBC Director of Sport
Date: 20.04.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
The BBC and the London Marathon are delighted to announce the agreement of a new contract that sees their partnership extended through to 2018.

The deal gives the BBC exclusive UK broadcast rights to this iconic event across all platforms, including TV, radio, internet, mobile and iPlayer.

The BBC has been the broadcast partner for the London Marathon since its beginning in 1981 and the event has since grown into one of the most important on the long-distance calendar, as well as raising millions of pounds for charity.

Barbara Slater, BBC Director of Sport, says: "We’re delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with the London Marathon. This prestigious race is a hugely important national event and a key part of BBC Sport’s calendar. We look forward to bringing the full spectacle live to audiences through to 2018 across the BBC platforms.”

David Bedford, joint race director of the Virgin London Marathon, says: “The BBC has been a vital partner of the London Marathon since it started in 1981 and its unrivalled coverage is a key ingredient of the event’s success and popularity, not only in Britain but across the world.

“We are delighted with this new agreement which ensures the event will continue to enjoy the profile it deserves over the coming years.”

Live coverage of the 2012 Virgin London Marathon starts at 8.30am on Sunday 22 April on TV, Radio 5 live and online.

Sue Barker presents the TV coverage on BBC One and BBC One HD, along with Jonathan Edwards. Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis, Phil Jones and Sonali Shah, who will be reporting from the course. Commentary comes from Steve Cram, Brendan Foster, Paul Dickenson and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Digital viewers can choose which race they watch via the red button with a choice of commentaries and the action will also be streamed live online. To re-cap on any of the day’s events there is a highlights show on BBC Two at 5.00pm and it is all available to watch again on BBC iPlayer.

BBC Radio 5 live will bring extensive coverage of the 2012 London Marathon, presented by John Inverdale from 8.30am. Reporters Helen Skelton, George Riley and Sonja McLaughlin will be around the course, with commentary provided by former British London Marathon winner Charlie Spedding.

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