US PGA Championship to move to Sky Sports

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Great news for Peter Allis lovers, according to reports, the BBC will announce that they have secured the live rights to all four days of the US PGA Championship. This marks a potentially seismic shift for golf, amid an earlier fear that interest in the sport would be damaged by an apparent permanent shift away from terrestrial broadcasting.

The winding down of its live sports coverage led the media industry to assume the BBC's days as a serious player golf were over with Sky holding the live rights to all four majors. The tournament organisers promised a "multi platform" alternative but at least an element of live television coverage was also always likely. Last year the BBC saw its 61-year long coverage of the Open come to an end after it was outbid by Sky Sports.

There's no deal yet in place for who is broadcasting the Masters - which are now shown on Sky Sports.

The potential switch to the BBC comes after negotiations over a contract renewal broke down between Sky Sports and the PGA of America. Sky's agreement to show all four days of the Masters exclusively is yet to be extended after an existing deal ended a year ago. However, it is believed that is not problematic with a combination of linear television channels and the BBC red button being utilised.

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