Probe for Premiership TV rights
BRITAIN’S broadcasting watchdog will investigate whether more Premier League matches should be made available for domestic television audiences. The majority of games are at 3pm on Saturdays but are only available live to international rights holders. Ofcom announced yesterday that they will investigate a complaint from Virgin Media, which is owned by US cable TV operator Liberty Global. Virgin Media says that, with only 41 percent of matches shown live in Britain, customers end up paying more for their subscriptions because there is less competition. The domestic rights are currently held by Sky, whose largest shareholder is Rupert Murdoch, and BT Sport.