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BBC and Sky extend long-term strategic partnership to boost BBC content

The BBC and Comcast-owned Sky have renewed and expanded their long-term strategic partnership to give the UK pubcaster greater prominence on Sky platforms.

Tim Davie

The agreement will see the BBC’s original content made even more prominent on Sky platforms by making it easier for Sky customers to find programmes on BBC iPlayer and audio service BBC Sounds, both now and in the future.

The two said it also re-enforces their joint support for the UK creative economy – with a common goal between both organisations to invest in high-quality programmes and news made in the UK for UK audiences.

The deal builds on the existing partnership and recent launch of BBC Sounds on Sky Q, and the recent partnership on sports broadcast rights, sharing both the Women’s Super League and matches from new cricket format The Hundred.

Tim Davie, BBC director general, said: “It’s essential that all audiences get the maximum value from the BBC and this agreement will ensure millions of Sky customers around the UK have access to the diverse rich mix of programming across the BBC – whether that’s our live TV channels and radio networks or millions of hours of programming available when you want on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

Stephen van Rooyen

“It’s also key that UK audiences hear and see stories and programmes that resonate with them and where they’re from, so I look forward to working with Sky to continue to support the UK creative economy to achieve that goal.”

Stephen van Rooyen, executive VP and chief executive, UK and Europe at Sky, added: “We know our customers love the BBC’s distinctive range of world-class content, so we’re pleased we can integrate it more deeply and aggregate it seamlessly together with all the best apps and content from our other partners, all in one place on Sky Q.

“There’s a long history of collaboration between Sky and the BBC and both organisations play a pivotal role in supporting the UK’s cultural economy – I’m excited to see what more we can do together.”

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