The BBC has signed a deal to continue providing commentary for Sunderland AFC. The new deal, which will begin in the 2017-18 season, is set to last three years.
During this time, BBC Newcastle will provide exclusive commentary of all Sunderland AFC games, both home and away.
This means that BBC Newcastle will be the only station to provide a full commentary of every Sunderland match – capturing every goal, save, penalty and free kick, in addition to providing interviews and touchline reporting throughout the season.
Nick Barnes will lead the commentary for each game, and will be joined in the commentary box by former Black Cats captain Gary Bennett.
Nick Barnes said, “I have been a Sunderland AFC supporter for many years now and it’s always eventful commentating on their matches.”
“This year will bring a new challenge as the club play in the Championship, but I’m confident that, under the guidance of new manager Simon Grayson, the team will see a quick return to the Premier League.”
BBC Newcastle has also agreed a similar commentary deal with newly promoted Newcastle United.
The managing editor of BBC Newcastle, Doug Morris, said, “Both Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC have loyal followings and we know our listeners love the commentary that BBC Newcastle provides on both clubs.”
“I am delighted that the station will continue to cover the matches of both teams for the next three seasons. We’re hoping for a great season back in the Premier League for Newcastle and for Sunderland to be back in the top flight in 12 months.”
The head of communications at Sunderland AFC, Louis Wanless, said, “Nick and Gary have been commentating on Sunderland games for many years now and they are as much a part of a match day for many fans as a pie and a pint.”
“We are delighted that the team from BBC Newcastle will continue to bring the matchday experience to those who can’t attend games in person and we look forward to the next three seasons.”
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