BBC extend snooker deal

World Snooker have extended their broadcasting agreement with the BBC, ensuring the sport's main events will remain on the terrestrial channel for at least three more years.

The deal sees the BBC continue as host broadcaster of the World Championship, the UK Championship, the Masters and the Welsh Open - the latter on BBC Wales - until the end of the 2013/14 season.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: "It's a great day for our sport; for the administration, the players and most of all the fans, who are guaranteed many hours of uninterrupted coverage on a free terrestrial channel.

"The World Championship, which has been extensively covered by the BBC every year since 1978, as well as the Masters, the UK Championship and the Welsh Open have become part of the sporting fabric of the nation.

"These events are among the jewels in the crown of the sporting calendar and it is fantastic that they are to remain on the BBC."

BBC director of sport Barbara Slater added: "The BBC has a proud history of coverage of top-class snooker and we're looking forward to continuing to bring the highest quality coverage to our audiences."