The BBC agrees a deal to broadcast FA Cup matches for free

The BBC has struck a deal to broadcast FA Cup matches free-to-air for four years from the 2025-2026 season.

The Football Association (FA) has announced that BBC Sport will show 14 matches per season in a “co-exclusive” deal with TNT Sports.

The broadcaster will broadcast two live matches each round through to the quarter-finals, before airing a semi-final and then the final.

The deal, which means ITV will no longer broadcast the competition from the 2025-2026 season, will also allow the BBC to have highlights and digital clips on its platforms.

“We are pleased that the BBC will continue as one of our Emirates FA Cup broadcast partners, under this new deal with TNT Sports,” said FA chief executive Mark Bullingham.

“It was always our intention to ensure that this very special competition would be accessible to everyone, and this new broadcast partnership will allow fans to watch more of the matches live than ever before from the start of the 2025-2026 season , both on TNT and TNT. Sports and free-to-air on the BBC.

“The BBC has told many of the magical and memorable stories that only the Emirates FA Cup can create, and we look forward to making even more history together in the years to come.”

Interim Director of BBC Sport, Philip Bernie, added: “The BBC has a proud history of bringing fans together from across the country for all the magic and drama of the FA Cup.

“This partnership for the next four years is brilliant news and, alongside our recent Premier League expansion and the UEFA Champions League highlights to come this year, means that BBC Sport will provide fans with top-class analysis, commentary and coverage of football’s biggest competitions which are broadcast for free. and accessible to everyone.”

TNT Sports agreed a new deal in February to broadcast FA Cup matches in Britain, with the four-year deal worth more than £260 million – an increase of around 15 percent on the current deal.

The current domestic TV deal for the FA Cup is shared between public broadcasters BBC and ITV, who will continue to broadcast matches in the competition for the remainder of this season and the 2024-2025 campaign.

TNT Sports, previously known as BT Sport, is a 50/50 joint venture between BT Group and Warner Bros. Discovery. The group of pay-TV channels was renamed TNT Sports last summer. Discovery’s Eurosport channels will be integrated into the brand by 2026.

The FA confirmed in April that first round replays will be scrapped from the 2024-25 season as part of a six-year deal to restructure the competition.

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