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Former News Corp employee to complain about football rights deal


Kelvin MacKenzie, former editor of News Corp-owned newspaper The Sun and a former managing director of News-backed pay TV platform BSkyB, plans to complain about the way in which football rights are traded in the UK, according to the Financial Times.


MacKenzie set up online the Sports Tonight channel online last year and it will roll out on the Sky platform in June. He plans to report Sky and the Football League to communications regulator Ofcom, he told the Financial Times, alleging that the pay TV operator is buying rights for lower league games and warehousing them in contravention of European Union rules. He will argue against the collective selling of rights and for a system whereby each club can negotiate its own TV deals.