London Marathon in talks to go race from BBC upcoming 12 months


ondon Marathon bosses are in talks about going the race absent from the BBC right after this yr.

Sunday’s race is the very last one particular of the annual event’s present-day broadcast deal with the Beeb and talks have previously been held with rival terrestrial channels.

The marathon, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, has been shown on the BBC considering the fact that its inception back again in 1981.

And some 40,000 men and women are anticipated to line up on the streets of London this weekend right after a year’s hiatus, with the 2020 occasion an elite-only race.

Speaking on Monday, function director Hugh Brasher reported: “No one’s explained we are relocating, no one’s reported we’re not shifting. The contract is up in 2021. But it is honest to say we are talking to other terrestrial broadcasters.”

An announcement around any new offer – be that remaining on the BBC or moving to Channel 4 or ITV – is expected to be declared ahead of the stop of the calendar year.

But Brasher reiterated that the race would continue to continue to be on absolutely free-to-air television.

He mentioned: “This is one of the crown jewels of British activity. That is the FA Cup, there’s the Grand National, the Boat Race, Wimbledon tennis and the London Marathon. All the other situations have been all over for 150 years, the London Marathon is 40 years.

“We will investigate all types of other chances. But what we feel is that this celebration lives on terrestrial Television set. Showcasing it to as quite a few individuals as probable to make it inspire as numerous distinct communities as probable is what we need to have to do.

“That is what we are speaking to broadcasters about and about the future. It is extremely important to make the celebration a lot more diverse, to make it open to as quite a few individuals as feasible.”