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Kessel in Telegraph Women’s Sport move

The Telegraph has poached Guardian sports writer Anna Kessel to head up a major new women’s sports initiative.

Telegraph Women’s Sport (TWS) is a multi-platform project, which the publisher says “promises unprecedented investment in and coverage of women's sport” by a UK title.

TWS will include an online channel and dedicated monthly print supplement, with the increased women’s content to be integrated into existing Telegraph channels and sections.

DAZN to introduce ads

DAZN Group has rebranded Perform Media as DAZN Media, as sponsorship and advertising is introduced on its sport streaming service for the first time.

DAZN Media will oversee all global and local commercial opportunities for brands across DAZN, the live and on-demand sport streaming service available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, U.S., Canada, Japan and, soon, Brazil. The division will also manage commercial inventory across websites including Goal and Sporting News.

LaLiga hits UK terrestrial TV

LaLiga has made its UK terrestrial TV debut, following the conclusion of a deal with ITV for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.

The national broadcaster screened its first game on Sunday under a new agreement with the Spanish league and its new UK broadcast partner Premier Sports.

While Eleven Sports will remain the only UK and Ireland platform with rights to show every LaLiga game this season, Premier Sports will now also offer four matches per round via its linear pay-TV channel available on Sky and Virgin TV platforms.

F1 and Netflix launch new docuseries

Formula 1 and Netflix have revealed further details of a 10-part behind-the-scenes docuseries that will launch on the platform next month.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive will debut worldwide on Friday, 8th March, with F1 promising it will “reveal the true story of the sport, […giving] fans a real insight into the personal lives of their heroes on and off the track.”

ESL makes new Facebook deal non-exclusive

Esports giant ESL has expanded its streaming agreement with Facebook to include all of its global competitions in 2019.

However, in a significant change to the terms of the original agreement, Facebook will no longer benefit from non-exclusive rights.

It means that events such as Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One, and ESL Pro League for CS:GO will also be available on Twitch and other platforms, and follows criticism from some esports fans unhappy with the video quality of the Facebook coverage.

DAZN to stream Joshua's US debut

DAZN has confirmed that Anthony Joshua’s first US fight in June will be carried exclusively on its streaming platform in the American market.

Joshua is set to face fellow undefeated American heavyweight Jarrell Miller at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday 1st June.

The bout will be streamed live over the DAZN OTT platform, which launched in the US last summer, following the agreement of $1bn, 16-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing USA.

SailGP reveals broadcast and presenting partners

New global sailing series SailGP is gearing up for its inaugural event in Sydney with the announcement of Rolex as presenting partner and a wave of broadcast deals.

In the UK and Ireland, the series is set to be broadcast by BT Sport - one of number of multi-platform rights agreements revealed by organisers ahead of the 15-16th February event in Australia.

A comprehensive global distribution plan includes broadcast agreements across five continents, ensuring coverage in 90 countries.

Bellator confirms Sky Sports deal

Bellator MMA has announced a television deal with Sky Sports that will see the satellite pay-tv broadcaster become the home of US and international Bellator MMA events in the UK and Ireland in 2019.

The news described as a “ground-breaking partnership for MMA in the UK and Ireland,” follows confirmation last week that free-to-air Channel 5 will televise a minimum of six UK and European Bellator events for British and Irish MMA fans.

JOE launches boxing show with Carl Frampton

Media company JOE has unveiled a new boxing show, ‘TKO’, hosted by two-weight world champion Carl Frampton and boxing journalist and presenter Chris Lloyd.

The programme is one of a number being launched by JOE in 2019 as it seeks to expand its ‘JOE Presents’ slate of original, long-form and multi-platform productions. Similar football and gaming shows are currently in pre-production.

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