Court quashes fines against Mediapro and clubs in football deal case

Spain’s second highest court, the Audencia Nacional, has quashed a set of fines levied on Mediapro and four leading football by competition watchdog the CNMC over deals between the Catalan broadcaster and the clubs – Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Sevilla and Rácing de Santander – dating from November 2013. The CNMC had fined Mediapro for […]

Mediapro begins broadcasting Gol

Catalan broadcaster Mediapro has begun broadcasting its new free-to-air sports channel Gol. The channel, which takes the digital-terrestrial frequency previously occupied by Veo TV, owned by Unidad Editorial, will offer a mix of football, tennis, athletics, motorsports, table tennis, basketball, wresting and extreme sports. The channel is kicking off with coverage of the under-18s football […]

Mediapro raises €306m for debt payments and expansion

Channel operator and production group Mediapro has secured a €306 million loan, which will be used to service existing debt and on geographical expansion. The Barcelona-based business, which runs the La Sexta channel among others, said it had been able to secure the cash after 12 months of strong performance. The company will use the […]

La Liga for Telecable, but not Euskaltel

Spanish regional cable operator Telecable has secured the rights to distribute Catalan broadcaster Mediapro’s beIN La Liga channel, enabling it to offer coverage of Spanish La Liga and Copa del Rey football matches. However Euskaltel, the other major regional operator, which operates in the Basque Country and which also owns Galician operator R, has indicated it is […]

Vodafone and Orange secure Mediapro deal for football in Spain

Vodafone Spain and Orange have struck a deal with Catalan broadcaster Mediapro that secures for them the rights to provide coverage of La Liga football and the Copa del Rey for the next three seasons. Vodafone and Mediapro have struck a deal whereby Vodafone will distribute Mediapro’s beIN Sports La Liga channel, including coverage of […]

Mediapro chief: no exclusivity implied in Telefónica deal

Catalan broadcaster Mediapro’s president Jaume Roures has reportedly told the Spanish competition regulator, the CNMC, that there is no implication of exclusivity in the deal it struck with Telefónica to provide its beIN Sports service to the telco. Mediapro agreed a €2.4 billion deal with Telefónica in January giving the latter the right to air […]

Mediapro reportedly ready to distribute football to Telefónica rivals

Spain’s Mediapro is capitulating to pressure from the country’s competition watchdog and leading service providers and will agree to distribute its BeIN Sports service, which holds key rights to Spanish and European football, to all operators, according to local reports. Leading operator Telefónica and Mediapro recently struck a €2.4 deal to secure Mediapro’s football content […]

Telefónica and Mediapro facing potential regulatory challenge

Spain’s competition regulator is calling on Telefónica and Mediapro to amend their recently signed deal to provide Telefónica’s Movistar TV service with exclusive access to Spanish La Liga football, according to local reports. Last week Telefónica agreed to pay €2.4 billion to Mediapro to secure exclusive access to La Liga matches for three seasons, as […]

Imagina suspends US CEO, installs new chief after FBI raid

Spain’s Grupo Imagina is installing a new management team at Media World Sports, its US subsidiary company that was raided by the FBI last week. It has put one of its key Spanish execs, Irantzu Díez Gamboa, in charge of the US operation following the raid at the sports rights company. Imagina has suspended Media […]

BeIN Sports snatches top-tier Spanish football from Telefónica

Catalan broadcaster Mediapro has snatched key Spanish top-tier football rights for the recently launched BeIN Sports service from pay TV market leader Telefónica’s Movistar TV. In the latest round of bidding for rights to the matches for the next three years, Mediapro has secured the exclusive rights to air eight La Liga first division games […]