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BBC fights back with 1,000 extra hours of live sports coverage

• Hockey, swimming and basketball biggest beneficiaries of shake-up
• BBC promises ‘huge expansion in the availability of free-to-air sport in the UK’

The BBC will increase its live sport coverage by up to 1,000 hours a year in what the director general, Tony Hall, claims will be the biggest shake-up in the corporation’s sport output strategy this century.

The increase in free-to-air sport will be seen through the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer. The early rounds of the FA Cup will be streamed live as well as more matches from Wimbledon and women’s football Super League fixtures.

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