Probe for Premier­ship TV rights

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT -

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.

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