Wimbledon Tennis in 3D

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The BBC today announced it will broadcast the men’s and ladies’ finals of the 2011 Wimbledon Championships live in 3D.

The 125th anniversary of the championships will also be available in High Definition on the BBC’s two HD channels.

Danielle Nagler, Head of BBC HD and 3D, says: “I’m delighted that in this anniversary year we’re bringing UK audiences a new way of getting close to the action on Centre Court. I’m sure that 3D will only add to the drama as the world’s greatest players compete for the championship.”

The BBC is currently undertaking a small number of 3DTV editorial experiments, on behalf of licence payers.

George Entwistle, Director of BBC Vision, says: “We know how much audiences already enjoy the BBC’s Wimbledon television coverage. This is a hugely important experiment for us and I’m pleased that we have the opportunity to show some of our stunning sports coverage to our audiences, in 3D, for free.”

Today’s announcement gave the BBC an excuse to use a little CGI on the One O’Clock news..

Wimbledon 2011 starts Monday 20th June on BBC Two and HD.

Updated: Wednesday 8 June 2011