BBC secures rights to show 2021 Women’s European Championships


England’s bid for Women’s Euro 2021 glory on home soil will be broadcast to the nation after the BBC secured exclusive rights to the tournament. The broadcaster has announced that it will provide extensive coverage of every game on television, radio and online following the success of its coverage of this summer’s Women’s World Cup in France. A peak television audience of 11.7 million watched the Lionesses’ semi-final showdown with eventual champions the United States, the highest TV audience of 2019 to date, with the tournament reaching 28.1million people on television alone. We’ve been here before, but this time it’s different. 11.7 million got behind us. The pubs, parks & homes covered in England flags. Girls & boys doing the Ellen White celebration. People saying we’ve changed the way women’s sport will be covered forever. THANK YOU #Lionesses — Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 7, 2019 Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “After the success of the World Cup on the BBC and the record-breaking viewing figures for women’s football, we’re delighted to be the broadcaster of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 Championship. “At the start of this summer, we wanted to shift the dial on women’s football and I feel the phenomenal coverage from France has done just that. The BBC’s sport portfolio continues to go from strength to strength and we’re thrilled to add the 2021 Euros to that.” England’s exploits under manager Phil Neville garnered new audiences at home, and European governing body UEFA is confident the BBC’s coverage of its tournament will help to increase an already growing fanbase. OFFICIAL: @England will host the 2021 @UEFAWomensEURO 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🦁 ✒️📆 July 2021#UEFAExCo — UEFA (@UEFA) December 3, 2018 UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein said: “UEFA is delighted to partner with the BBC for the UEFA Women’s Euro in 2021, which takes place in the United Kingdom. “The BBC will provide an unprecedented level of coverage for the competition in the host country, ensuring that the women’s game is brought to the rapidly increasing fanbase in an outstanding manner.” Topics Phil Neville, England Phil Neville hails ‘sensational performance’ after England lift SheBelieves Cup Neville disappointed with result but pleased with performance in Canada defeat Neville happy to see his players ‘suffer’ in friendly win over Spain Neville is committed to Euro 2021, claims Campbell No club has made offer for Manchester United target yet – but that could be about to change Aribo keen to emulate Toure and Vieira after comparisons to midfield duo VAR used to check 10 incidents per game at Women’s World Cup, FIFA reveals Bolton administrators taking legal action against would-be owner Bassini Benfica defender scouted by Manchester United as negotiations begin Ranked! The 10 best centre-backs in the world Forbes have revealed the world’s most valuable football clubs – and Premier League dominates Juan Mata rejected insane offer to stay at Manchester United – report Highest-paid footballers revealed by Forbes as Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar feature Wolves’ ambitious owners understand they can’t match the Big Six – and that’s why they might actually break it

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