Canal+ in stand-off with French football league as payment falls due

French pay TV operator Canal+ and the country’s Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) are in a stand-off after the pay TV service provider refused to release the next instalment of payment due for the rights to air Ligue 1 football matches, according to French sports paper L’Équipe. According to the paper, Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada […]

Domestic La Liga rights loss hits Mediapro

Media rights agency Mediapro has reported 2019 revenue decreases of €150 million, and a fall in turnover from €1.97 billion in 2018 to €1.82 billion. The agency attributed the majority of its losses to the end of its domestic rights contract with La Liga. In 2018, Telefónica outbid Mediapro for the majority of the domestic […]

Mediapro reportedly hiring French football veteran Roussier ahead of channel launch

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has hired the president of French Ligue 2 football club AS Nancy-Lorraine as deputy CEO of its French organisation ahead of the planned launch of its new football channel in the country, according to sports newspaper L’Équipe. According to the paper, Jean-Michel Roussier will take charge of production at Mediapro […]

MediaPro waiting Ligue 1 channel approval

Spanish agency Mediapro is still awaiting formal approval to launch its new Ligue 1 pay-TV network in France. The €25-per month channel is scheduled to launch on July 25, and was a central part of Mediapro’s shocking €1.15 billion rights grab to the 2021-24 seasons. With the launch approaching, Mediapro has submitted its plans to […]

Mediapro secures legal win against RFEF over Copa del Rey

Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro has secured a legal victory in its domestic market over its exclusion from bidding for rights to the final of the football Copa del Rey final by Spanish football’s governing body, the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF). The Audiencia Provincial de Madrid has rejected an appeal by the RFEF against […]

Altice Europe chief says RMC Sport will hold on to Champions League

Service provider Altice Europe will not surrender its hold on UEFA Champions League football rights in France, which it holds until 2021, according to CEO Alain Weill, as reported by French press.   Altice Europe, which owns the RMC Sport and BFMTV channels, has so far declined to sell the final season rights to the […]

Mediapro secures Europa League rights for France following Canal+ deal

Mediapro has secured rights to the second package of Europa League and Europa Conference League football matches for France for the 2021-24 competitions, covering 260 matches in total. The Spanish broadcaster and producer already holds the exclusive rights to the bulk of top-tier French domestic Ligue 1 football over the same period. The Europa League […]

LFP expresses confidence as Mediapro seeks distribution deals for Ligue 1 channel

France’s professional football league, the LFP, has expressed confidence in the plans of Mediapro, which last year acquired the bulk of Ligue 1 rights for the 2020-24 seasons, after the Spanish broadcaster and producer’s co-founder Jaume Roures outlined his plans for a new football channel at the LFP’s general meeting. Amid scepticism in some quarters […]

Mediapro selling Atresmedia stake

Catalonia-based Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro is selling its stake in Spanish national commercial broadcaster Atresmedi which operates the Antena 3 and La Sexta channels. Mediapro had previously sold a 1% stake in the broadcaster to private equity outfit BlackRock, according to local press. However the latest sale, of its remaining 3.11%, necessitated a communication […]

Mediapro mulling IPO

Spanish producer and broadcaster Mediapro is mulling an IPO one year after Chinese investment group Orient Hontai took a 53% stake in the company, Mediapro co-founder Tatxo Benet has told a Spanish newspaper. Speaking to financial daily Expansión, Benet said that the flotation would not be in the immediate future and that a final decision […]

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