ATHLETICS: Channel 4 hands 2013 World Championships rights to the BBC

December 13, 2012

Channel 4 have offloaded the live rights to the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow to the BBC.

Both broadcasters reached a “commercial agreement” which will see the transfer of the broadcast rights to next year’s showpiece athletics event pass to the corporation.

The last World Championships in Daegu in 2011 were covered by Channel 4, but the broadcaster has decided to pull the plug on their agreement with the IAAF a year early after losing out to the BBC for the next term.

The corporation were due to take back the showcase track and field contract from Channel 4 in 2014 on a four-year deal that includes the World Championships coming to London in 2017.

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LONDON 2012: Closing Ceremony – Live on BBC One

August 11, 2012

After 16 days of tense and exciting competition that will live long in the memory, the curtain falls on the 30th Olympiad in spectacular fashion with the traditional closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in the East End of London.

BBC One will broadcast live and uninterrupted coverage of the London’s closing ceremony as the city bids farewell to the Games, featuring an event that will pay homage to Britain’s illustrious musical heritage.

Beginning at 9.00pm, and featuring more than 4,000 performers, including 3,500 volunteers, the show is entitled ‘A Symphony of British Music’, and celebrates one of the nation’s greatest cultural exports over the past 50 years.

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