Publishing giant Trinity Mirror has surprisingly announced it is to sell off horse racing title The Racing Post as part of a restructure that will see it concentrate on its key national and regional publications.
The Racing Post, along with 138 regional titles in London, the South East and the Midlands including its sports division, will allow Trinity Mirror to make cost savings of close to £20m.
Vic Wakeling, managing director of Sky Sports, is to add responsibility for Sky
News to his role following the announcement that Dawn Airey, managing director
of channels and services, is leaving the broadcaster.
The departure of Airey, who has been pivotal in Sky’s success since joining
the firm in 2003, has prompted a reshuffle of the management team with Wakeling
being the chief beneficiary.
The new alignment of sport and news alongside each other under Wakeling gives
him control over Sky’s two primary programming outlets.
Big spending pay-TV operator Setanta is set for further sports rights
acquisitions after securing £213m in investor funding to drive the continued
expansion of its operations.
The new financing has been put together with a view to making further
aggressive moves into the UK market where it is looking to challenge Sky’s
long-held dominance of pay-TV sports coverage.
The ICC has received a major financial boost after agreeing a new global TV
rights deal with ESPN-Star Sports for the next two Cricket World Cups that is
reportedly worth double that of the previous contract.
ESPN-Star Sports is believed to have agreed to pay $1.1bn (£563m) to become
the International Cricket Council's global media and production partner for the
next two Cricket World Cups and 16 other tournaments from 2007 to 2015.
Pay-TV broadcaster Setanta Sports has appointed BLM Media to handle all the
network’s media planning and buying activities.
Independent agency BLM was appointed to handle the activity full-time after
advising Setanta on its advertising sales strategy during an ad hoc consultancy
Setanta appointed BLM without going through a formal pitch process and no
other agencies were contacted about the brief.
A1 Grand Prix has expanded the UK television coverage of its World Cup of
Motorsport franchise after agreeing a highlights package with Five.
Sky Sports' live race coverage of A1GP will now be supported by a highlights
package with commercial terrestrial broadcaster Five, scheduled to be shown
mid-week after each event. The new deal means that over 90% of UK households can
now view the series.
The Royal Bank of Scotland has signed a deal to sponsor the live coverage on
Setanta Sports' new dedicated golf TV channel – Setanta Golf – including action
from the PGA Tour.
As part of the six-figure deal, RBS-branded 10-second idents will be produced
by Interactive Digital Sales to run in all the ad breaks within live coverage.
A series of RBS-sponsored programmes featuring golfing legend and RBS
ambassador Jack Nicklaus will also be broadcast on the channel, which debuts on
January 8 in line with the new season.
FIFA is to broadcast all of the games from this month’s FIFA Club World Cup live
via broadband through its FIFA.com website – using the tournament as a test bed
for future online coverage of FIFA events.
The 2006 FIFA Club World Cup, which sees the top six teams from the various
continental leagues, kicks off in Japan on Sunday 10 December in the
The International Cricket Council has opted for a widespread ban on over-by-over
internet coverage of next year’s World Cup in order to protect the value of the
official new media rights sold for the tournament.
Many news organisations have built up substantial online audiences through
over-by-over coverage but the ICC has decided that only broadcasters holding the
ICC’s official internet rights package will be able to publish such content.
BT has struck a deal with pay-TV broadcaster Setanta that will see the telecoms
giant broadcast live FA Premier League football through its new BT Vision
The agreement with Setanta, which holds live TV rights to 46 Barclays
Premiership matches from the start of next season, follows on from BT’s deal
with the league itself which allows it to show a number of games on a nearly
According to BT, the combination of the two deals will allow its service to
give customers access to 75% of the 2007/2008 season's Premiership matches.
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