BBC to bring classic English soccer into digital age

30 March 2012 | Posted in Licensing, Soccer, Europe, Global, | By Eoin Connolly

The Football League has agreed a licensing deal with BBC Motion Gallery for its archive footage.

The agreement will see BBC Sport and the Football League create a digitised archive using footage dating back to the 1950s, which will include English teams in action in European games as well as domestic competitions. BBC Motion Gallery will enlist Thought Equity Motion to digitise the content and licence footage in North and South America, Asia and Oceania, and North One Television to produce programming from the archive. The deal will run until 2016.
BBC Motion Gallery director Paul Maidment said: "We're delighted to be working with The Football League and BBC Sport. Having Thought Equity Motion and North One Television on board were important factors in helping us agree what is a great opportunity to open up footballing archives. We hope this is the first of many similar deals over the next few years."
Richard Heaselgrave, the chief commercial officer of the Football League, added: "Over the last sixty years, The Football League has delivered some of the most famous and iconic moments in sports broadcasting.  Through this agreement, football history will live on and give broadcasters and advertisers the chance to share it with fans across the globe."

An interview with Richard Heaselgrave appears in the April edition of SportsPro magazine. Click here to subscribe.
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