RTÉ Sport has retained the rights to broadcast the Champions League on Wednesday nights from September 2012 until 2015.

RTÉ has secured the premium package of Irish terrestrial rights to Wednesday night matches with exclusive coverage of the Champions League final and Super Cup, amounting to 18 live matches on RTÉ Two, RTÉ Two HD and RTÉ.ie.

Wednesday night highlights and a weekly magazine programme are also part of the package. Coverage on RTÉ.ie will include live clip rights, with rights secured for coverage on RTÉ.ie mobile also.

On the new agreement, Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ, said "We are delighted to have been able to secure these rights in the current difficult financial climate in line with our policy of significantly reducing sports rights costs.

"We're particularly delighted to be able to continue to deliver UEFA Champions League live coverage to fans in Ireland until 2015.

"In an increasingly competitive climate securing the premium package for Wednesday night matches is a significant coup for a public service broadcaster.

"This is good news for Irish sports fans and means that all Champions League first choice matches continue to be free for Irish audiences for the next three years.

"It also means that RTÉ Sport will be able to continue to bring our viewers top quality coverage of Wednesday night matches, including the final, with our hugely popular team of pundits and presenters.

"And the good news continues with an unbeatable summer of sport on RTÉ with the GAA Hurling and Football Championships, Euro 2012, the European Athletics Championships, racing from Galway, Leopardstown and the Curragh, the Irish Open, the Horse Show and the Olympics and Paralympics 2012 - all on RTÉ throughout this summer."