Al Jazeera

Al-Jazeera muscles in on French Champions League rights

Al Jazeera-owned BeIN Sports and pay TV operator Canal+ are to share French rights to UEFA Champions League football for the next three seasons. BeIN Sports has secured rights to air the best match from Tuesday nights, while Canal+ has secured first choice for Wednesdays. BeIN Sports will air the final, which will also be […]

French sports rights row rumbles on

France’s Professional Football League (LFP) has denied that Orange and Eurosport have joined Canal+ in challenging its call for bids for the next round of Ligue 1 TV rights, covering the 2016-20 seasons. The LFP’s move follows reports over the weekend that Orange, which currently holds mobile rights to Ligue 1 matches, and Eurosport, while […]

Al Jazeera poaches ABC exec for top US role

Al Jazeera America, the Qatar-owned news broadcaster’s forthcoming US channel, has hired former ABC News executive Kate O’Brian to be its president. O’Brian, the senior VP at ABC News, has overseen the broadcaster’s newsgathering operations since 2007. She will have full responsibility for Al Jazeera America’s strategy and editorial operations, reporting to Al Jazeera executive […]

Al Jazeera linked to move for Spain’s Mediapro

Al Jazeera is in talks to acquire Spanish producer Mediapro, according to local reports. The Qatari state funded broadcaster has been aggressively rolling out channels internationally and has also been acquiring key sports rights. A deal for Mediapro would give Al Jazeera rights to several key soccer clubs and competitions including games from Barcelona and […]

Eric Cantona making football rebels doc for Al Jazeera

Ex-France and Manchester United football star Eric Cantona is making Football Rebels, a documentary series for Al Jazeera about football heroes who have shaped the history of their country. Cantona, who unexpectedly retired from the game aged 30 in 1997, will present and narrate the five-part doc series. Each episode will tell the story of […]

BBC Worldwide announces programming deals as Showcase opens

BBC Worldwide has sold a raft of its drama and factual programming to broadcasters across the Middle East and Africa. Deals include shopping three seasons of Doctor Who to Al Jazeera’s kids channel JCC. The Al Jazeera Documentary Channel picked up a 200-hour package that includes Attenborough’s Giant Egg and India on Four Wheels. African […]

BBC cuts huge kids programming deal with Al Jazeera

BBC Worldwide and Al Jazeera have agreed a deal for almost 200 hours of new kids programming. The wide-ranging deal between the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster and the Qatari state-backed channel operator covers different genres and categories of programming from preschool to tween. Worldwide has previously sold programming to Al Jazeera Children’s […]