HC Deb 15 July 1963 vol 681 cc22-3W
Mr. Mason

asked the Postmaster-General if he will list the national sporting events which are covered by agreement for television purposes by the British Broadcasting Authority and the Independent Television Authority; which other sporting events are subject to financial bidding by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Independent Television Authority; and what is his policy on coverage of these sporting events by pay television.

Mr. Bevins

The B.B.C. and the I.T.A. programme companies have agreed that neither the Corporation nor the companies will seek exclusive television rights in any of the following events:

  • The Derby.
  • The Grand National.
  • The English F.A. Cup Final.
  • The Scottish F.A. Cup Final.
  • Test Matches.
  • Wimbledon Tennis.
  • The Boat Race.
  • The Commonwealth Games, when held in Great Britain.
  • The Olympic Games, when held in Great Britain.
Pay television licensees will be required to observe the same conditions.

Many other sporting events are bid for by B.B.C. and the programme companies but I have no detailed list. Promoters do not always allow broadcasting of their events. Pay T.V. would not be allowed to deprive the general services of a complete category of sport, and I expect the experiment to show what other measures, if any, might need to be taken.

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