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20/07/2007

BBC Scotland Secure Five Year Deal With Scottish Premier League

BBC Scotland has secured a new five year deal with the Scottish Premier League (SPL) which will keep fans on top of the game – on television, radio and online.
Viewers will be able to enjoy a 30-minute midweek highlights programme, featuring all the goals and the best of the action from every Clydesdale Bank Premier League game. And, in an exciting move, the broadcaster has also secured the rights to offer football fans the chance to view on demand the goals and key moments from all the weekend matches online for a period of up to seven days.
Rounding off the broadcaster's comprehensive service for football fans across the country is the continued provision of live radio commentary of every league game.
Using split frequencies and localised opt-outs, which are also available via the red button on digital satellite, BBC Scotland will deliver expert commentary and analysis as the action unfolds.
Ewan Angus, Head of Sport, BBC Scotland, said: "We are delighted to have secured such a comprehensive rights package with the SPL.
"We are looking forward to providing an exciting mix of coverage over the next five years.
"It is excellent news that our audiences across the country will continue to enjoy our unrivalled live service on BBC Radio Scotland.
"Both the television highlights programme and the online offering will ensure fans are kept up to date with all the goals and all the big talking points from every top flight fixture.
"The online provision of weekly football highlights is a first for the BBC and we are sure it will become increasingly popular as the pace of internet usage accelerates."
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