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BBC, talkSPORT bag UK live audio commentary rights of Premier League

The seven packages of rights have been acquired by the two entities following a competitive process.

For its next three seasons, 2022/23 to 2024/25, the Premier League (PL) has managed to sell the UK live audio commentary rights.

The BBC and talkSPORT have acquired the seven packages of rights following a competitive process.

PackageMatch slotsBroadcaster
1Saturday 15:00 (1st pick)BBC
2Saturday 15:00 (2nd pick)talkSPORT
3Saturday 12:30talkSPORT
4Saturday 17:30BBC
5Sunday 14:00BBC
6Sunday 16:30BBC
7Friday/Monday 19:30-20:00 and any displaced fixtures played midweektalkSPORT

The seven packages contain the rights to the audio commentary to all the English top-flight games. Apart from the 3 PM Saturday games, which were not selected as the first or second pick and those matches are also not chosen for audio broadcast on the final day of each season.

Premier League Chief Media Officer, Paul Molnar said the following, “We are very pleased to continue working with BBC and talkSPORT as they demonstrate that live Premier League football remains an important fixture in UK audio programming schedules.

“The quality in coverage from both broadcasters over the years has been excellent, and we look forward to working with them again for the next three seasons.”

“As we approach the end of another vintage Premier League campaign, we are delighted to confirm our live audio rights deal for the next three seasons. BBC Radio 5 Live will remain the home of Premier League football,” said, Barbara Slater, Director, BBC.

News UK EVP, President of Broadcasting, Scott Taunton commented, “talkSPORT is the home of football, with more live games than any other radio broadcaster. Today we have consolidated our partnership as the Premier League’s only national commercial radio partner, retaining our position as the GameDay destination on Saturday, as well as gaining new live fixtures during the week.

“Our commentary teams across talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 are providing best-in-class live coverage to millions of football fans across the UK. And, across the schedule, our peerless presenting team are delivering unrivalled Premier League coverage to more listeners than ever.”

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