The BBC have paid £179.7million to keep their rights to the Match of the Day highlights programme of Premier League games for three years from the 2013/14 season.

The deal is a 4.5% increase on the £172million the broadcaster paid for the current deal.

MOTD presenter Gary Lineker said: "It is wonderful news that we have Match of the Day for another three years. It is a flagship programme and it shows how much the BBC values sport and the importance of football."

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