The BBC is to remain the home of free-to-air Olympic action for the next the five Olympics – Summer and Winter – on its television, radio and online platforms, after securing a deal with Discovery Communications, who won the rights for the 2022 and 2024 Winter and Summer Games.
The BBC had already secured the rights for the 2016, 2018 and 2020 Winter and Summer Games.
In 2015, Discovery had been awarded pan-European rights to the games, including exclusive UK rights for the 2022 and 2024 Winter and Summer Games. This could have meant that the BBC would not be able to show the Games. UK TV rules state that there must be 200 hours of Olympic Games coverage shown on UK TV on a free to air basis. So the BBC and Discovery have made a “sub licencing” deal for each others UK TV rights.