bennett and barnes

BBC extend SAFC deal

by Kate Smith

Radio partnership goes from strength to strength.

BBC Newcastle, the official commentary partner of Sunderland AFC, has signed up to bring Black Cats fans live commentary of every game, home and away, until 2017.

The station is the only broadcaster to transmit live full-match commentary of every Sunderland game, with commentary duo Nick Barnes and former Sunderland star Gary Bennett. The pair celebrated their tenth consecutive season of Sunderland match commentary at the start of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season and are now eagerly awaiting the new campaign, which kicks off in just three weeks time. 

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."

BBC Newcastle Managing Editor, Andrew Robson, added: “I’m delighted that BBC Newcastle will be broadcasting Sunderland commentary right through until 2017. 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.”