BBC extends deal to screen World Championship until 2019

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Snooker's World Championship will remain on terrestrial television until 2019 after the BBC secured a two-year extension to its deal.

The agreement also includes broadcast rights for the UK Championship and Masters, the BBC said.

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: "We know there will be millions of snooker fans across the country celebrating the fact they can continue to watch world-class snooker on free-to-air television."

Barry Hearn, chairman of World Snooker, said: "We've agreed a new two-year extension with the BBC. We're now guaranteed on air until 2019 and I fancy quite a few more years after that."

The BBC has broadcast the World Championship every year since its move to the Crucible in 1977.

Hearn added: "Our agreement with the BBC is one of the cornerstones of our sport and we are delighted to extend it for an extra two years.

"These three major tournaments are much loved by the public, they are part of the fabric of British sport.

"The BBC's coverage of the World Championship last year alone was watched by over 15 million people, proving how popular our sport is.

"Our Triple Crown tournaments are three of the high points of the sporting calendar so fans will be thrilled that they will remain on terrestrial television."

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