ITV and BT Sport to simulcast Queensberry boxing

BT Sport and ITV have signed a rights sharing deal for Boxing bouts featuring fighters signed to Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.  A release from the promoter said that its boxers will see “unrivalled coverage in Britain thanks to the ground-breaking initiative.” Pay TV BT Sport and free-to-air ITV will share fight content, starting with the […]

Discovery renews ASO deal, announces cycling OTT for 2021

Discovery has extended its rights deal with the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO). The deal will see Eurosport continue to provide coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta cycling tours until 2025 and 2026, two- and five-year extensions to its existing deals respectively. Eurosport will exclusively broadcast the Tour de France in 38 European […]

Lyon president suggests LFP sues beIN over international rights

The owner of Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) has reportedly suggested that the French Football League (LFP) take legal action against beIN Media Group over its valuation of the league’s international rights.  According to L’Équipe, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas proposed the idea at a league meeting, with the clubs believed to be unhappy with […]

Eurovision Sport extends IBU deal to 2026

The European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU’s) sports business Eurovision Sport has announced an extended media rights agreement with the International Biathlon Union (IBU) until 2026. This new deal will come into effect in 2022 with an option to extend for a further four years. It will see Eurovision Sport – along with its network of free-to-air […]

Mediaset gives itself extra time after Spanish court rejects merger appeal

Mediaset has filed its plan to merge its Italian and Spanish unites with the Dutch register of companies in a move that gives it extra time to complete the project after it suffered a fresh legal reverse in Spain. According to Reuters, citing an unnamed source, the filing gives Mediaset a further six months to […]

Haystack TV to be prominently placed in Vidaa OS through Hisense distribution deal

International news aggregator service Haystack TV has announced a distribution agreement with TV maker Hisense.  Hisense, currently the third-largest television manufacturer in the world, will pre-install and prominently place the Haystack App within the new Vidaa Smart TV platform. The platform’s redesign was recently unveiled at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. This deal will see […]

Gent agrees to back Eleven Sports Pro League deal following impasse

Eleven Sports’ agreement to pick up the broadcast rights to the Jupiler Pro League in the tournament’s native Belgium has been approved by KAA Gent, leaving only one club standing in the way of the deal. The broadcaster was previously awarded the rights in a five year deal estimated at €103 million per season, but […]

BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon announces retirement

Donalda MacKinnon, the first female director of BBC Scotland, will stand down in the autumn. MacKinnon will depart the broadcaster after 33 years, four of which were spent in this current role. Prior to her time at the top of BBC Scotland, MacKinnon was head of programmes and services, and had also led the broadcaster’s […]

Bertelsmann’s Rabe raises possibility of RTL-ProSiebenSat.1 merger

Bertelsmann and RTL boss Thomas Rabe has called for looser regulation that would permit a merger of Germany’s leading commercial broadcasters – RTL Group and ProSiebenSat.1 – in the face of competition from global media and tech giants. Interviewed by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung on Sunday, Rabe said that it was “extremely important” that […]

British government planning to scrap licence fee, claims report

The British government has drafted a ‘blueprint’ to scrap the licence fee, reports the Sunday Times. According to the paper, government officials want to drastically alter the makeup of the broadcaster through the licence fee change and downsizing its other assets. Citing senior aides to the prime minister, the paper says that officials are “not […]

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