BBC Sport wins radio rights to FA Cup and England international matches
BBC Radio 5 Live has won the radio rights to broadcast FA Cup and
England international matches for a further four years, it was
The deal with the Football Association starts from the
beginning of the 2008/09 football season with the Community Shield
between Manchester United and Portsmouth at Wembley on Sunday.
Radio 5 Live and its sister digital station BBC 5 Live Sports
Extra will broadcast all of England's home international games and
some friendly games played away from home.
The deal also confirms 5 Live will have commentary on FA Cup
matches for the next four seasons.
Radio 5 Live will have live commentary of England's home games starting with
the friendly against the Czech Republic on 20 August, ahead of
the World Cup qualification campaign next month.
Roger Mosey, Director of BBC Sport, said: "Securing the FA Cup and
international matches completes Radio 5 Live's unrivalled
portfolio of football commentary rights including the Premier
"The BBC believes it's important we offer free-to-air live
coverage of key sporting events."
Notes to Editors
Radio 5 Live has live commentary of the Premier League, Champions
League, FA Cup, international games, the Championship, Leagues One
and Two and the Carling Cup.
5 Live Publicity