BBC Newcastle extends Sunderland AFC deal
BBC Newcastle will provide radio commentary on all Sunderland AFC matches, home and away, till 2017 after a new deal was signed.
Commentary duo Nick Barnes and former Sunderland star Gary Bennett will continue to provide coverage, after recently celebrating their tenth consecutive season of Sunderland match commentary at the start of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season.
BBC Newcastle Managing Editor, Andrew Robson told RadioToday: “The commentary is immensely popular with our listeners and I know Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett are both looking forward to another exciting season following Sunderland and ensuring that fans who can’t make it to games don’t miss a kick.”
Nick Barnes said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be at every Sunderland game and I’m sure this season will be a hugely exciting one to commentate on!”
Sunderland AFC’s Commercial Director, Gary Hutchinson, said: “The club has enjoyed a fantastic partnership with BBC Newcastle over the years and we are delighted that they have committed to the club on a long-term basis.
“They provide a first-class service to Sunderland fans as our official commentary partner and have demonstrated their on-going support and commitment to Sunderland, something which we hugely appreciate.”