BBC Worldwide agrees London Marathon rights extension

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK public-service broadcaster the BBC, has extended its deal to distribute the international rights for the London marathon for three years, from 2016 to 2018.

The existing deal was set to expire after the 2015 event.

This year’s race, which took place in April, was shown in 196 territories.

BBC Worldwide’s live rights portfolio also includes the international rights to the World Professional Darts Championship, the University Boat Race and the Varsity Rugby Match between the Oxford and Cambridge universities.