The broadcasting rights for the tournament were jointly acquired by both Sky Sports and BBC for the rights of telecast in the UK. Sky Sports show all 52 matches of the tournament but BBC show 10 matches including two of the quarter-finals, both semi-finals, and the final.
Sky Sports and BBC will live telecast the Africa Cup of Nation 2022 in the UK. Sky Sports Africa show presenter Richard Keys said Sky will be bringing their “very best coverage” to the competition, which starts in January 2022. Sky will show all matches in the tournament, which takes place over a month in five cities across the north African country.
Sky Sports will be the only place to see every match from the group stage to the final. Keys said: ” Sky Sports is delighted to have been awarded the rights to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations 2022. As the home of football, we will be bringing our very best coverage to one of the most important international football events on the calendar. Sky Sports is the natural home for sports fans, so whether you are a Sky, BT, or Virgin customer you will be able to watch the tournament live on our platforms. ”
BBC Sport’s head of African football, Josephine Okoku said: “We know how passionate BBC Sports audiences are for African football and we’re delighted to be the only place where they will be able to watch every match of this major tournament. We’ve seen huge audiences on BBC Sport’s platforms for recent African football tournaments and we’re looking forward to another bumper event.”
Sky Sports will show all matches from the Sky Sports Mix channel, Sky’s free-to-air sports service. Sky also holds rights to a number of other football tournaments including Sky Bet EFL, Sky Bet Play-Offs, and Sky Sports Football. Sky’s bid for the rights to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations was a part of Sky’s strategy to grow its international football portfolio. The broadcaster has been increasing its investment in international football in recent years, with Sky Sports now broadcasting live matches from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga.
The Africa Cup of Nations will take place in five cities across North Africa in January 2022. The Nations will start on the 9th of January and end on the 6th of February 2022. Sky will show all matches in the tournament including the semi-finals, the third-place play-off, and the final. Sky will also air pre-tournament build-up and post-tournament analysis. Sky Sports Mix is available to all Sky TV customers with a Sky Sports subscription at no extra cost. Non-Sky TV customers can also watch Sky Sports Mix by subscribing to Sky’s Now TV service.
BBC Sports has the right to show 10 live matches on free-to-air television, which they will broadcast on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website. Five of these matches will be shown on BBC One and five on BBC Four. All matches will also be available to watch on Sky’s Sky Go and Now TV platforms.