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29 October 2014
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The FA announces new domestic television deal

The FA today confirmed a new domestic television deal with the BBC and BSkyB.

The two broadcasters will share the rights to The FA's key brands including The FA Cup, the England teams, The FA Community Shield and The FA Women's Cup.

The new four-year agreement will commence in 2004/5 and conclude at the end of the 2007/8 season.

Today's announcement follows the successful completion of The FA's domestic television negotiation process, which began on 15 April 2003 with the publication of the official Invitation to Tender.

A number of bids were submitted by a range of broadcasters ahead of the 29 May 2003 deadline and several weeks of negotiations have now been completed.

Key highlights of the new deal include:

- All England Home Senior Internationals - competitive and friendly - will be exclusively live on BBC, with highlights and delayed broadcast on Sky Sports;

- Three FA Cup matches per round, in Rounds three to six, will be live on BBC (choices one, three and four), with a further live match (choice two) to be shown live on Sky Sports;

- BBC and Sky Sports will broadcast one live match each in FA Cup Rounds one and two;

- The BBC will provide live coverage of the first choice FA Cup Semi-Final, while the other Semi final will be shown live on Sky Sports;

- The FA Cup Final will be live on both BBC and Sky Sports;

- The FA Cup replays (first choice) will be live on BBC, with live coverage on Sky Sports for the second choice replay;

- The FA Community Shield, in partnership with McDonald's, live on Sky Sports;

- The FA Women's Cup Final, in partnership with Nationwide, live on BBC;

- Senior England Women's team home matches will be live on Sky Sports;

- The Women's Premier League Cup Final, in partnership with Nationwide, live on Sky Sports;

- All home England Under-21 matches, live on Sky Sports;

- England Under-19 and below home matches, live on Sky Sports;

- The FA Youth Challenge Cup Final (both first and second legs), in partnership with Pepsi, live on Sky Sports;

- The FA Trophy Final, in partnership with Carlsberg, live on Sky Sports;

- The new contract period covers the entire 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA 2008 European Championship qualifying campaigns;

- The new deal also covers the opening period for the new national stadium at Wembley;

- BBC and Sky have agreed to release previously withheld new media rights to The FA as part of the new arrangements. These will now form part of The FA's tender for New Media rights which is due to be released shortly;

- BBC and BSkyB will continue to support The FA's other brands with match, news and feature coverage, while providing The FA's commercial partners with similar levels of exposure as in the current domestic television contract.

Announcing the new arrangements, The FA's new Chief Executive, Mark Palios, said: "We are delighted to be renewing our partnerships with both BBC and BSkyB.

"Both broadcasters have given us fantastic support in the past two years and we are looking forward to cementing our excellent relationships for a further period.

"The deal is an important step in the process of providing financial stability to The FA. It also enables much greater access to top quality football for an even larger number of people."

Paul Barber, The FA's Director of Marketing & Communications, added: "Today's announcement, which confirms that all England's home matches will be seen live on terrestrial television, along with the majority of live FA Cup matches, is great news for football fans and for The FA's commercial partners.

"In addition, BSkyB will continue to provide a loyal and top quality showcase for a range of other FA brands, including the lower profile but all-important and fast developing areas of our game."

The BBC's Director of Sport, Peter Salmon, said: "The BBC has enjoyed broadcasting the big live moments of football the FA contract has given, particularly partnering our national team at their biggest public moments.

"The new partnership with The FA will enable the BBC to give terrestrial audiences unprecedented access to the England team during their passage to the World Cup in 2006.

"Our production teams and talent have also worked hard over the last two years to bring back the magic of The FA Cup and we look forward to building on our successes over the next four years."

Sky Sports' Managing Director, Vic Wakeling, added: "We're pleased to be involved yet again with The FA Cup and with England.

"It is equally important that we cover the game at all levels, and the young stars we have seen develop over the past ten years or so in the FA Youth Cup, and at Under-21 level, will now be featuring in our live UEFA Champions League coverage.

"It's terrific that we can continue to see the best youngsters, and the best in Europe."

The FA will now proceed to the second phase of its media rights tender process with the imminent release of tender documents for Overseas television rights, Domestic Radio rights and New Media rights, including Internet and 3G packages.

Notes to Editors

A double of new rights for BBC Sport (04.07.03)

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 BBC radio networks.



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