BBC Acquire Rights to 2014 Commonwealth Games

July 1, 2011

The BBC has once again acquired the broadcast rights to the Commonwealth Games, with the next event to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014.

The agreement will see the corporation air events on television and radio, providing online coverage for the UK home nations. The BBC will also work with the organisers in appointing a host production broadcaster for the event. As well as carrying all the sporting action from the Games, BBC Scotland will additionally show support programming to preview the event.

BBC Scotland director Ken MacQuarrie stated: “BBC Scotland will have a special role at the heart of our coverage in giving the games extensive exposure in Scotland across our dedicated TV, radio and online services – all of which will help make the 2014 Games a truly momentous occasion in Scotland.”

Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin added: “I am delighted that the BBC has taken up the domestic rights for the Commonwealth Games and I believe this deal represents a huge vote of confidence in Glasgow 2014 as well as the Commonwealth Games movement in general. The BBC’s reach will help us to generate a huge level of excitement and anticipation in the lead-up to the biggest event Scotland will ever have hosted.”