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BBC Scotland to show Scottish Cup matches for next five years

BBC Scotland will show Scottish Cup matches, including live games and highlights for the next five seasons. The agreement is an extension of the current deal, which sees the BBC broadcast at least one game from every round, including the final, on a free-to-air platform.

BBC Scotland extends agreement to show Scottish Cup matches

This season’s Scottish Cup final was contested between Celtic and Rangers, was broadcast on BBC Scotland had a peak audience of over 700,000. For the next five years, the broadcaster will show free-to-air matches from every round, as well as gaining the rights to show the Scottish Youth Cup final. BBC Scotland head of commissioning Louise Thornton said: “Our live and highlights coverage of the Scottish Cup is a highly valued part of BBC Scotland’s sports content for audiences.”

“Each season the tournament produces thrilling stories and we’re delighted that this agreement allows us to continue broadcasting the best of the action, including the showpiece final.

“Extending the agreement is a great result for our audiences who’ll be able to enjoy Sportscene’s brilliant coverage of the competition for another five years.”

Premier Sports to broadcast Scottish Cup matches

Premier Sports has also secured rights to broadcast Scottish Cup matches in the next five years as part of a separate agreement, but BBC Scotland will have radio rights for the competition. Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell commented: “In an era of multiple subscription platforms across football and life in general, we’re pleased to be able to offer consistency with established partners who take pride in their involvement in our showpiece competition.

“It represents stable income for our member clubs and the wider Scottish game that allows the various stakeholders to plan ahead with an added degree of certainty.”


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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