Foot­ball screen­ings deal

Cyprus Today - - SPORT -

AN AGREE­MENT has been reached be­tween the state broad­caster BRT and the TRNC Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (KTFF) af­ter a cri­sis had threat­ened to de­rail live broad­casts of foot­ball matches.

Early this week it was re­ported that live screen­ing of foot­ball matches would be halted this week­end and cam­era crews from the broad­caster banned from grounds.

The row had bro­ken out af­ter newly ap­pointed BRT head Aysu Basri Ak­ter an­nounced she would switch the broad­casts from the cus­tom­ary BRT1 HD (high def­i­ni­tion) chan­nel to non-HD BRT 2.

The news brought ob­jec­tions from KTFF pres­i­dent Hasan Ser­toğlu, who said: “We have re­ceived re­ac­tions from clubs, fans and the foot­ball com­mu­nity in gen­eral.

“A de­ci­sion has been taken not to al­low BRTK cam­era­men into the sta­di­ums for this week’s games.”

KTFF for­eign af­fairs of­fi­cer Orçun Ka­malı told Cyprus To­day: “At a time when we are sup­posed to be go­ing for­ward, we are go­ing back­wards. BRTK HD al­lows our foot­ball to be shown in top qual­ity, not only to those with satel­lite dishes in the TRNC, but also to view­ers in Turkey and to Turk­ish Cypri­ots abroad.

“We want even more cam­eras sent to the games, and for more pub­lic­ity and at­ten­tion to be shown. The BRTK 1 HD chan­nel of­fers top qual­ity broad­cast­ing and al­lows us to show off our foot­ball.”

The cri­sis was re­solved af­ter a meet­ing on Thurs­day when Ms Ak­ter changed her mind. How­ever it was agreed that live foot­ball could move to BRT 2 when the chan­nel switched to HD.

To­day (3.30pm) To­mor­row (3.30pm) A scene from the Mağusa Türk Gücü v Türk Ocağı match which saw the Mağusa side win an im­por­tant game with a score of 2-1Photo: Hüseyin Evliya

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