The British broadcasting agency, BBC has extended its arrangement with the World Snooker Tour (WST) for five years.
The current contract was initially set to expire at the end of the 2023/24 season.
The World Championship, UK Championship, and Masters will all be broadcasted on BBC television and streamed online until 2027, bringing the sport to millions of people in the UK.
“Extending this partnership demonstrates what a successful relationship we have built with the BBC over a period of more than 50 years. Our relationship allows us to tap into the huge reach that only the BBC can deliver while providing world class sporting drama to BBC audiences. Snooker belongs on the BBC and it’s important for our sport to be seen by a massive audience throughout the UK. Millions of people enjoy snooker’s biggest events on the BBC and the quality of their production is outstanding. BBC’s coverage is an integral part of the rich history which surrounds our Triple Crown tournaments,” said, WST Chairman Steve Dawson.
“It’s wonderful news for snooker fans across the UK that the Triple Crown events will remain free-to-air. We’re proud of our longstanding partnership with WST and delighted to see it continue to 2027,” stated, Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport.
The World Championship, snooker’s largest event, takes place at Sheffield’s historic Crucible for 17 days every Spring. The final last year drew an audience of four million viewers. In November, the UK Championship will be held in York, and in January, the Masters will be held at the Alexandra Palace in London, featuring an elite 16-man field.