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ITV strikes Champions League and Europa League highlights deal

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has extended a rights deal to show highlights of the Uefa Champions League and Europa League football club competitions.

The agreement will run for three years, from 2015-16 to 2017-18.

ITV will show highlights programmes covering all of the week's Champions League games on Wednesday nights. Highlights of the week’s Europa League matches will be shown on Thursday nights.

ITV will also show highlights of the finals of both competitions as well as the annual Uefa Super Cup, which takes place between the winners of the previous season’s Champions League and Europa League.

The rights deal covers television, online and mobile platforms.

Earlier this month, telecommunications company BT acquired exclusive live UK rights for the Champions League and Europa League from 2015-16. BT agreed to pay about £299m (€352.4m/$478.9m) per season for the rights for three years, from 2015-16 to 2017-18, dislodging ITV and pay-television broadcaster BSkyB as rights-holders in the UK.