It has been claimed that Sky could have an effect on Match of the Day’s viewing figures by showing free Premier League highlights after matches.
Three minute clips of the games’ key moments are to be shown on YouTube, minutes after the final whistle, according to the Daily Mail.
This will be a groundbreaking move, given Sky have always held the rights to show highlights, but have never done so for non-paying customers.
The flagship BBC highlights show, which is airs every Saturday night and Sunday morning during the season, reportedly draws in seven million viewers across the weekend.
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However, Gary Lineker, who has hosted Match of the Day since 1999 responded to the story on social media by saying the show faced “no threat at all.”
The BBC has also dismissed the idea is close to death.
In a statement released to PA, a spokesperson said: “Match of the Day remains the most watched football programme in the UK with over 7million viewers across the weekend. We look forward to its return on August 10.”
And speaking to PA at the Premier League Asia Trophy in China last week, the league’s interim chief executive Richard Masters said: “Match of the Day does unbelievably well. We let the BBC schedule it – they know what they’re doing.
“The numbers are still growing from last year. It helps if you have an unbelievable title race, obviously, but Match of the Day is still incredibly popular.”
Match of the Day will remain on the BBC until 2022 after they retained the rights to screen highlights of Premier League matches in the UK, it was announced in January 2018.