IMG will produce the BBC’s comprehensive coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 hosted in Australia and New Zealand.
The BBC has high expectations for the tournament that kicks off on Thursday 20 July. Optimism remains high that the Lionesses can continue momentum after their European Championships win last year.
Under the agreement, IMG will manage the incoming live match feed, studio presentation and highlight programming for the BBC’s 33 fixtures throughout the tournament, including the final and semi-final stages.
Of distinction, IMG will also have a dedicated production team embedded in the England Lionesses’ camp to create exclusive content for the BBC’s digital and news channels, providing wall-to-wall coverage of England’s progress during World Cup 2023.
Barney Francis, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Production at IMG, said: “The entire nation will be watching this summer’s World Cup with anticipation and excitement. We’re proud to bring viewers all the best live action and thrilling highlights through IMG’s coverage on the BBC, so fans can experience the Lionesses’ journey from home.”
IMG’s coverage will kick off with the tournament’s opening game between hosts New Zealand and Norway on 20 July and will include England’s group stage match against Denmark.
This latest deal will see IMG leverage its experience and expertise producing live football for the biggest international broadcasters from its world-class studio facilities at Stockley Park.
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