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TF1's Téléfoot magazine show faces axe as pay-TV broadcasters seek to protect rights

TF1's Téléfoot magazine show faces axe as pay-TV broadcasters seek to protect rights | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

TF1, the French free-to-air commercial broadcaster, could consider scrapping Téléfoot, its long-running weekly soccer magazine show, should it lose the rights to show short clips from French soccer's top-tier Ligue 1, it has been claimed. Earlier this year, new legislation issued by the CSA, the French broadcast regulator, guaranteed that non-rights holding broadcasters could show ‘brief extracts’ of no longer than 90 seconds in length of sports events during news or sports magazine programmes. (Article in French)

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MDR slams ARD over spending on football rights

ARD, the German public-service broadcaster, has come in for criticism from one of its member regional networks for its level of spending on top soccer broadcast rights. The council of MDR has submitted a document flagging up what it feels is the imbalanced share of ARD’s sports rights budget that is spent on soccer and the negative effect that it has on the breadth of sports coverage shown on public-service television. The paper claims that around 70 per cent of the budget is spent on soccer rights, but that the sport only contributes to 29 per cent of ARD’s sports programming output. MDR’s council is looking for a reduction in the soccer rights budget in the long term, along with transparent information on the anticipated production costs when authorizing ARD’s sports rights purchases. [In German]

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TV pirates prey on Africa Cup

TV pirates prey on Africa Cup | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Television rights to the Africa Cup of Nations have caused a stir as organisers battle illegal broadcasters using hi-tech modern-day piracy

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EBU strikes deal to show cycling races

The European Broadcasting Union showed its faith in cycling on Wednesday, announcing a third long-term race broadcasting deal since Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
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Fifa loses UK World Cup TV battle

Fifa loses UK World Cup TV battle | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
Fifa and Uefa lose an appeal against a ruling that all World Cup and Euro Championship games should be shown on free-to-air TV in the UK
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When clouds have silver linings

When clouds have silver linings | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it

Losing expensive sports rights can sometimes kindle new opportunities. YLE experienced this in 2011 when the company lost the Ice Hockey World Championship rights to the commercial company, MTV3/Bonnier.

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I'm probably wrong, but I can't think of many sport programmes on TV or radio that are aimed at women, which makes YLE's Urheilukatu 2 a little bit special. Jere Nurminen explains how the show came about and discusses its ratings.

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Interest in cycling is growing

Interest in cycling is growing | Broadcast Sport | Scoop.it
The European Broadcasting Union appears undeterred by the recent doping revelations which have dominated cycling in 2012, announcing that it has extended its deal to provide coverage of the Amstel Gold Race until 2016, according to the Associated Press.
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Channel 4 sells World Athletics rights to the BBC

BBC Sport are being sold the rights to broadcast next year’s World Athletics Championships in Moscow by their terrestrial rivals Channel 4, who want to concentrate on the Paralympics.

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