BBC renews Wimbledon rights until 2014

LONDON - BBC Sport has signed a new five-year contract giving it the rights to show the Wimbledon tennis championships until 2014.

After renewing its deal with the All England Club, the BBC plans to make key matches available on the iPlayer service for seven days after broadcast, as well as via mobile devices.

Roger Mosey, director of sport at the BBC, said: "We're determined to make the event an even bigger part of our national sporting life through the use of new technology and working with the club to innovate across digital platforms."

The broadcaster has been showing games on high definition television for the past two years and will continue to do so, as well as covering games on radio station Five Live.

Ian Ritchie, chief executive of the All England Club, said: "Wimbledon is all about a unique blend of tradition and innovation. Our lengthy partnership with the BBC, which started in 1927, has been highly successful and we are delighted to extend that association up to 2014."

News of the Wimbledon deal comes days after the BBC revealed it had won the rights to show Formula 1 races for five years, starting in 2009.