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Television and Broadcasting


New bidder for Premiership matches

Bids for Premier League domestic broadcast rights have to be submitted by the end of next week for the blind auction. A potential new bidder has emerged in the form of the Discovery channel which has held talks with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

Discovery is best known for nature documentaries, but it now controls the Eurosport channels and wants to break into Premier League football. This could lead to even more inflation in the cost from £3bn for the last three year deal to around £4bn this time.

Football League show to switch channels

The Football League Show is to switch from the BBC to Channel 5 from next season.  The deal runs for three seasons.  Channel 5 did not offer any more money than other bids on the table, but promised to screen the show at the prime time of 9 pm on Saturdays.

At present the show follows Match of the Day on the BBC.   The late night timing is inconvenient for many fans, although there is a repeat on Sundays.    This will continue.

Friday night games in Premier League auction

Up to ten Friday night games will be included in the new Premier League television rights package to run for three seasons from August 2016.   The Friday night games will form part of the Monday night package. 168 live matches will be available, 14 more than at present and accounting for 44 per cent of all Premier League matches.

No broadcaster will be able to show more than five of the seven packages.    The Qatar based beIN Sports may enter the bidding war.   ITV is expected to contest BBC for the highlights package.

US channel to screen Everton matches

US sports channel GoITV is to screen Everton matches and has concluded a similar deal with Benfica.   Premier League matches are to be shown with a delay.   There will be a three hour programme segment and a post match show.

Why Everton?   The attraction is keeper Tim Howard.

Networks press for Friday games

BSkyB and BT are believed to be pressing for including Friday night games in the next television package from the Premier League.

Ofcom to probe sale of Premiership tv rights

Regulatory agency Ofcom is to probe the selling of Premier League broadcasting rights following a complaint from Virigin Media.   In particular, Virgin Media has argued that a lower proportion of games (41 per cent) is sold than in other European leagues and this forces up prices for consumers.

Where is women's football going?

This article takes an in depth look at the state of women's football in England, including its history and a comparison with the fully professional league in the United States.

The Football Association aims to make it the second most popular sport in the UK.   There is quite a long way to go, certainly in terms of attendances.   They are comparable with those of non-league teams and, indeed, most matches are played in non-league stadiums.

Virgin calls for television rights probe

Virgin Media has called on the UK telecoms regulator Ofcom to launch a competion inquiry into the escalating cost of rights to broadcast Premier League football.  A new auction is due early next year and Virgin predicts a further 60 per cent hike in costs.

Lacking the financial firepower of BSkyB and BT, who jointly pay £1bn a year to screen the top matches, Virgin will not bid in the next Premier League rights auction.  

Real time betting is changing football broadcasting

Online bookmakers are increasingly becoming sports broadcasters.   For example, today many of the top online bookmakers will be streaming the United States versus the Czech Republic.  The idea is to facilitate real time betting.

One of the main beneficiaries of this trend is a company called Perform.   It does not have a very high profile, but was something of a stock market favourite before the shares slumped from almost 600p in 2013 to around 210p recently.

Premiership set for new cash bonanza

The rivalry between BT and Sky means that the Premier League looks set for a new cash bonanza when the live television rights are auctioned at the end of the year.

BT have set their sights high, having managed to outwit rivals with a shock swoop for games in the last round.    It won't have the element of surprise this time, but the telecoms group reckons that having secured the Champions League rights last November puts them in a stronger position in this round. However, they will not be satisfied with keeping what they have.