BBC and Sky extend long-term strategic partnership

Tuesday 14 September 2021

The BBC and Sky today announced they have renewed and expanded their long-term strategic partnership to further showcase the BBC’s brands and services on Sky’s TV products.

The agreement will ensure that the BBC’s high quality original content will be even more prominent on Sky platforms by making it even easier for Sky customers to find programmes on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds, both now and in the future. It also re-enforces their joint support of 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 recent partnership on sports broadcast rights, sharing both the Women’s Super League and matches from the new cricket format The Hundred – and ensures that Sky customers continue to have easy access to on the BBC’s full range of TV and radio stations, including BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.

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.

“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 & Chief Executive, UK & Europe at Sky said: “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.”

For further information please contact:

skypress@sky.uk

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