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Athletics on TV

Live Athletics TV broadcast rights in the UK

Athletics on TV

Broadcast rights for Live Athletics coverage on Television is dominated by the BBC and British Eurosport during the season.

BBC TV have a massive selection of Live Athletics coverage, the pick of the live broadcasts being the London Marathon, UK Athletics major meetings (throughout the year), The Great North Run, the IAAF World Championships, IAAF World Indoor Championships and European Championships. They also hold the rights to exclusively show the Olympic Games and Commenwealth Games.

British Eurosport continue to hold the TV UK broadcast rights to many Athletics events. Notably, they will show live coverage of the London Marathon, the World Championships, World Indoor Championships, World Junior Athletics Championships and Marathons across the world including the New York Marathon, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Channel 4 host some live Athletics including the IPC World Championships, the IPC Grand Prix Final and London Anniversary Games in 2013. Channel 4 also holds the TV rights to show live and exclusive coverage of the Paralympic Games.

Sky Sports has limited rights to Athletics programming, with only 2 live events being shown - the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and the English School Championships. They do, however, show lots of Athletics highlights of many of the "Great Runs" across the UK including the Great North Run, Edinburgh, South, Birmingham and Scottish.

See our Summary and dates table for a full list of which TV channel is showing a particular Athletics event and when:

Summary of Athletics TV Rights in the U.K.

Athletics on BBC

Live Athletics on BBC: TV Rights

  • Live coverage of the Olympic Games (deal runs until 2020)
  • Commonwealth Games in Summer 2014
  • UK Major Athletics meetings throughout the year
  • London Marathon (broadcasted in April annually)
  • The Great North Run (broadcasted in September annually)
  • Great Edinburgh Cross Country (broadcasted in January annually)
  • Great Manchester Run (broadcasted in May annually)
  • Great Scottish Run (broadcasted in August annually)
  • IAAF World Championships in Athletics (broadcasted in August every 2 years, next meeting is in 2013)
  • IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics (broadcasted in March every 2 years, next meeting is in 2014)
  • IAAF World Cross Country Championships (broadcasted every 2 years)
  • IAAF Diamond League (14 meetings throughout the year)
  • European Athletics Championships (broadcasted in August every 2 years, next meeting is in 2014)
  • European Team Championships (broadcasted every 2 years, next meeting is in 2013)
  • European Indoor Athletics Championships (broadcasted every 2 years, next meeting is in 2013)
  • European Cross Country Championships (broadcasted in December annually)
Athletics on British Eurosport

Live Athletics on British Eurosport: TV Rights

  • London Marathon
  • IAAF World Championships in Athletics
  • IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
  • IAAF World Cross Country Championships
  • European Athletics Championships
  • European Team Championships
  • European Indoor Athletics Championships
  • World Junior Athletics Championships (broadcasted every 2 years in July, next meeting is in 2014)
  • European Athletics Junior Championships (broadcasted every 2 years in July, next meeting is in 2013)
  • EAA Premium
  • IAAF World Challenge (14 single day events throughout the year)
  • New York Marathon (broadcasted annually in November)
  • Paris Marathon (broadcasted annually in April)
  • Berlin Marathon (broadcasted annually in September)
  • Amsterdam Marathon (broadcasted annually in October)
Athletics on Channel 4

Live Athletics on Channel 4: TV Rights

  • Exclusive live coverage of the Paralympic Games
  • IPC Athletics World Championships (broadcasted every 2 years in July, next meeting is in 2013)
  • IPC Grand Prix Final
  • London Anniversary Games
  • Highlights of the Great Ethiopian Run, the Cardiff Half Marathon and the Brighton Marathon
Athletics on Sky Sports

Live Athletics on Sky Sports: TV Rights

  • Inter Counties Cross Country Championships
  • The English Schools Championships
  • Extensive highlights of Great Runs from The North, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, The South, Scottish and Ethiopian.
Athletics on Channel 5

Live Athletics on Channel 5: TV Rights

  • Live coverage of the Great South Run and Great Birmingham Run.

 

 

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