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BBC extends World Snooker agreement

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has extended a rights deal with World Snooker to cover the sanctioning body’s three major tournaments.

The renewal will run for five seasons, from 2019-20 to 2023-24.

The BBC will continue to provide comprehensive live television and online coverage of the World Championship, UK Championship and the Masters.

The UK Championship is currently taking place in York, to be followed by the Masters in London in January and the World Championship in Sheffield in April and May.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: “Snooker has been televised by the BBC since 1969 and we are delighted to continue this proud tradition until at least 2024. The new deal means that these events will continue to be televised free-to-air for many years to come, which is fantastic news for the many millions of fans around the UK.”