Thompson defends BBC’s sports rights strategy

Mark Thompson, the outgoing Director General of the BBC, has chosen the occasion of the corporation’s success in winning broadcast and digital rights to the next four Olympic Games – two winter and two summer games – to defend its strategy in respect of sports rights. Writing in a BBC blog, Thompson said the BBC had rights arrangements which stretched out for many years and which guaranteed that sport would continue to be a central part of the diet of licence-payers across BBC Television, Radio and Online.

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