PARALYMPICS: Channel 4 retains Paralympics rights for 2014 and 2016 Games

February 8, 2013

Channel 4 has secured the rights to screen the Paralympic Games in a historic deal with the International Paralympic Committee for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games and Rio 2016 Summer Games.

The deal, believed to be worth about £7m, includes multi-platform broadcast rights within the UK and will see the broadcaster build on its acclaimed coverage of London 2012 which broke UK viewing records for Paralympic sport and reached 69 per cent of the population.

As part of the agreement Channel 4 will screen over 45 hours of coverage from next year’s Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, the most ever by a British broadcaster, plus comprehensive coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Summer Games, screening a minimum of 200 hours.

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FOOTBALL: Sky Sports wins new three-year deal for extended Premier League highlights

January 23, 2013

Sky Sports will continue to screen extended highlights of all non-live Barclays Premier League games for at least the next three seasons after securing a new rights deal.

The three-year agreement means that Sky Sports will show delayed coverage of all 226 Premier League matches that are not shown live on TV by either BSkyB or new rights holders BT.

This new deal for the long-form linear broadcast rights complements Sky Sports’ exclusive coverage of more than 115 live games per season from 2013/14.

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TENNIS: Australian Open 2013 – Live on British Eurosport & BBC TV

January 11, 2013

Melbourne provides the stunning backdrop for the opening Grand Slam of the 2013 tennis season as the stars of the sport gather Down Under for the Australian Open.

British Eurosport will be the only place to follow the progress of all the big names with comprehensive and unrivalled coverage of each day’s play from the picturesque Melbourne Park.

The BBC will again be showing live terrestrial coverage of only the latter stages of the event, with the men’s and women’s singles finals live on BBC Two, plus selected match commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live.

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RACING: Racing UK takes Ascot from At The Races

December 17, 2012

Racing UK will gain a hugely significant addition to its roster of televised tracks following a decision by Ascot to award them the broadcast rights for all events at the famous racecourse from June 2014.

The country’s premier venue, home to Royal Ascot every June, will link up with Racecourse Media Group, the parent company of Racing UK which already broadcasts action from the majority of the UK’s major racecourses, including Cheltenham, Aintree, Epsom, Newmarket, York and Goodwood.

The move is a significant setback for rival channel At The Races, which has held the rights to Ascot race meetings since 2004, and is now left with a portfolio mainly consisting of middle and low-grade courses.

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ATHLETICS: Channel 4 hands 2013 World Championships rights to the BBC

December 13, 2012

Channel 4 have offloaded the live rights to the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow to the BBC.

Both broadcasters reached a “commercial agreement” which will see the transfer of the broadcast rights to next year’s showpiece athletics event pass to the corporation.

The last World Championships in Daegu in 2011 were covered by Channel 4, but the broadcaster has decided to pull the plug on their agreement with the IAAF a year early after losing out to the BBC for the next term.

The corporation were due to take back the showcase track and field contract from Channel 4 in 2014 on a four-year deal that includes the World Championships coming to London in 2017.

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FOOTBALL: ITV and Sky retain Champions League rights

April 27, 2011

  • ITV reverts back to 1st pick matches on Tuesdays
  • Sky Sports retains all other matches
  • Both broadcasters to share the final & UEFA Super Cup
  • New deal comes with EU warning

ITV and Sky Sports have retained the rights to show Champions League games in a new three-year £400m deal starting from the 2012/13 season.

UEFA have confirmed that the distribution of live matches between the two broadcasters will be unchanged from the existing deal.

The only significant change sees ITV switching its live game back from Wednesdays to Tuesday nights.

But future UEFA rights deals could be under threat if an EU ruling, which has the potential to force a major shake-up in the sale of TV rights across Europe, goes against them.

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