Snooker: Main events to remain on terrestrial television

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Under the terms of the deal, which is thought to be worth £5m a year to snooker, the BBC will continue to screen coverage of the Grand Prix, the UK Championship, the Masters and the World Championship.

The BBC will also continue to work with World Snooker to try to revive the game's fortunes using joint ventures such as this Saturday's Pot Black Cup, a revival of the former one-frame hit show.

The BBC has a vested interest in snooker's success as the rights are relatively cheap. It also fills many hours and draws large audiences. This year's World Championship final attracted a live peak audience of 7.8m.