Match TV

English Premier League officially suspends Russian broadcast deal

The English Premier League has confirmed that it will not honour its upcoming rights deal in Russia with Gazprom Media-owned Match TV. The £43 million deal with Match TV – a channel personally opened by decree by Russian leader Vladmir Putin in 2019 – was set to start from the kick-off of the 2022-23 season […]

English Premier League mulls future of Russian broadcast deal

The English Premier League is yet to decide whether to back out of its upcoming rights deal in Russia. In March, the EPL officially abandoned its €7 million per season deal with Rambler Media following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Rambler, which is operated by state-owned bank Sberbank, had a deal in place to broadcast […]

No plans to cut Russia broadcasts, says Serie A president

Italy’s top flight football league Serie A has no intention of abandoning its broadcast deals in Russia the league’s president has said. The English Premier League made headlines last month when it abandoned its €7 million per season broadcast deal with Rambler Media, which is operated by state-owned bank Sberbank, in light of Russia’s invasion […]

EPL set to abandon Russian broadcast deals

The English Premier League could be removed from Russian TV screens as early as next weekend. Premier League CEO Richard Masters has confirmed that its deals with Russian companies – including broadcast partners – are under review. The EPL is broadcast in Russia by Rambler Media (operated by state-owned bank Sberbank) via OTT platform Okko […]

Russia’s Match TV picks up EPL rights in long-term deal

The English Premier League has secured a long-term distribution deal in Russia with Match TV. The deal will start from the 2022/23 season and run for six seasons. The Gazprom Media-owned Match TV regains the rights it held from 2016-2019, with Rambler holding the rights during the interim period.  Match TV will have the rights […]

Gazprom Media takes control of KHL TV

Russia’s Gazprom Media has taken control of the KHL TV channel from the Kontinental Hockey League, according to local reports. Gazprom Media, which already produces and distributes the channel for the league, has taken an 80% stake in the channel will consolidate it into its Match TV group of services, according to the Kommersant newspaper. […]

NTV+ completes acquisition

Russian pay TV provider NTV+ has closed the acquisition of internet portal from state broadcast organisation RTR. The company said the move is in line with an order from President Vladimir Putin to establish a unified Federal sports TV channel. NTV+ and owner Gazprom Media previously acquired NST, owner of channel Match TV as […]

New free-to-air sports channel to launch in Russia

Match TV, a new free-to-air Russian sports channel from NTV-owner Gazprom, is due to go live at the weekend, following a launch event yesterday in Moscow. The 24-hour network is designed to “bring sports closer to the general public, broaden the audiences’ understanding of sports as a core feature of human life, help them understand […]