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BBC proposes free-to-air increase

Scotland's Gary Caldwell in action during April's World Cup qualifying match against Iceland
All the home nations football World Cup qualifiers would be on free-to-air television under the BBC's proposals

The BBC has urged the Government to retain and expand the system that protects the screening of sporting events on free-to-air television.

The Government is reviewing the listing system for the first time since 1998.

The BBC's additions to the list include home nation football qualifiers for World Cups and European Championships in the respective nations.

Wales Six Nations and autumn rugby internationals are also on the proposed list of protected events.

The Government announced an independent review into the events on the free-to-air list last year, with former Football Association chief executive David Davies appointed as the review's chairman.

Imagine the London Olympics, or perhaps a 2018 World Cup hosted in England, not being universally available for the whole UK to enjoy irrespective of individual financial circumstance

Dominic Coles, chief operating officer, BBC Journalism and director of sports rights

Former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson and Test cricketer Angus Fraser are on the review panel as well as sports presenters Eamonn Holmes and Dougie Donnelly.

The review is looking into the principle of having a list, its content, and the criteria determining which events may be listed.

The BBC insists the protected list should be retained and its submission argues that "to limit access to those willing and able to subscribe to pay-TV would threaten the fabric of our sporting and cultural nation".

Dominic Coles, chief operating officer, BBC Journalism and director of sports rights said: "The BBC believes the list works well and delivers a healthy mix of pay television and free to air sport; plurality which preserves key sporting moments for the whole UK public, encouraging sports participation whilst delivering sufficient funding into UK sport to deliver the extensive range of great sport we enjoy.

"In an increasingly fragmented society, the ability to broadcast, freely available to all, those major events that can unite communities and deliver social value cannot be underestimated.

"Imagine the London Olympics, or perhaps a 2018 World Cup hosted in England, not being universally available for the whole UK to enjoy irrespective of individual financial circumstance."

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting celebrates winning the 2007 World Cup
The BBC wants highlights of the cricket World Cup available for free-to-air TV

A key part of the BBC's submission is the "importance of particular sporting events in the devolved nations".

This argument sees the inclusion on the list of all home nation football qualifiers for World Cups and European Championships in the respective nations, the Welsh Six Nations and autumn rugby internationals in Wales as well as the Commonwealth Games.

The BBC also calls for the inclusion of the finals of the cricket World Cup and the Twenty20 World Cup.

"We are also recommending in our submission a modest shift in the current list, recognising the importance of particular sporting events across the UK, such as live cricket, and in the devolved regions, such as their national football qualifying matches," added Coles.

The BBC's proposal also sees changes to the B list of highlights packages for free-to-air broadcast.

The additions include the British & Irish Lions tours, the Twenty20 World Cup, the whole of the cricket World Cup and rugby's Six Nations.

In the last review, Test match cricket was removed from the A list - those events deemed too important to be restricted to people with satellite or cable television - while the European Football Championship finals, the Rugby League Challenge Cup final and the Rugby Union World Cup final were added.

The review panel's findings are expected to be announced in the autumn.


The BBC's proposed list for protected free-to-air sporting events (* denotes additions):

A1: UK conversation events (Live)

IOC Winter and Summer Olympic Games
Fifa World Cup
Uefa European football Championships

A2 List: Resonance in the Nations (Live in relevant nation)

FA Cup Final
The Scottish Cup (Scotland)
Football international qualifiers home and away (respective home nations)*
Commonwealth Games*
Welsh rugby union Six nations and autumn internationals (Wales)*

A3 List: Pinnacle sports events (Live)

Wimbledon championships men and women's final
Rugby union World Cup final
Rugby league Challenge Cup final
ICC cricket World Cup final*
Twenty20 World Cup final*
Grand National
Derby

B List: Events of UK importance (Highlights)

Wimbledon championships
Rugby union World Cup
ICC cricket World Cup (extended to all games*)
Twenty20 World Cup*
Six Nations rugby tournament (extended to all games*)
Open golf Championship
The Ryder Cup
England cricket home Test matches
British and Irish Lions tour*
Women's football World Cup/Euros/ICC Cricket World Cup finals involving Home Nations' teams*



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