LONDON: The BBC has agreed a renewed three-year deal to continue to show Premier League Highlights until the end of the 2018-19 season in a deal reportedly worth £204m.

The agreement covers the channel’s Match of the Day programme, the Sunday morning repeat and MOTD2, plus a new midweek show.

BBC director-general Tony Hall said: “Sport matters. It brings the nation together. It can break hearts and raise spirits. And because it matters to the public, it also matters to the BBC. That’s why it’s fantastic news that we have kept the Premier League highlights.”

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore had no qualms about maintaining the status quo.

He said: “The BBC has done a fantastic job with its Match of the Day programmes which provide high quality coverage and analysis for fans of Premier League clubs.

“The UK highlights allow the competition to be viewed by the maximum number of fans across the country and the addition of a mid-week magazine show will add a new dimension to the BBC’s Premier League coverage.”