BBC pockets snooker rights

UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has retained rights to three major snooker championships operated by the World Snooker governing body.

The BBC will continue to show the World Snooker Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters events for three years, from 2014-15 to 2016-17.

The rights cover television and online platforms as well as the BBC’s iPlayer internet catch-up service.

The broadcaster will also continue to act as the tournaments’ host broadcaster.

The BBC is currently in the second year of a three-year deal to show the events, from 2011-12 to 2013-14.

“The World Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters are among the highlights of the sporting calendar, so it’s terrific that they will remain on terrestrial television,” World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said. “The BBC remains one of our most important partners and we look forward to many years working with them.”

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater added: “The World Snooker Championship is an important part of our sports rights portfolio and we’re delighted to be continuing our coverage of these three major tournaments.”