Barney Francis

Sky Sports takes exclusive Formula 1 rights

Sky has taken exclusive UK and Ireland rights to Forumla 1 racing for five years from 2019 to 2024. The deal, agreed with Formula One Managament, sees Sky strengthen its sports rights portfolio, with F1 to leave terrestrial television. Currently, Sky shares F1rights with Channel 4 after the BBC ended its contract to broadcast the […]

Sky launching basic tier Premier League net

Sky is launching Sky Sports Mix, a new basic tier channel that will have some Premier League football among its line-up. The channel will be available to all of UK pay TV service Sky’s twelve million customers in the UK. Traditionally, Premier League football has been the preserve of the premium Sky Sports channels. The […]

Virgin wants Premier League rights auction halted

UK cable provider Virgin Media has asked Ofcom to pause the current Premier League TV rights auction until the broadcast regulator has concluded an investigation into the process. Virgin yesterday filed an ‘application for interim measures’ with Ofcom, calling for a temporary halt on the auction of live UK television rights to top flight English […]

Sky invests $7m in Whistle sports MCN

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has invested US$7 million in Whistle Sports, a US-based startup that runs sports-themed YouTube networks. Sky said that it will work with Whistle Sports to create new content for younger sports fans, particularly “young millennials”. “Whistle Sports has very quickly established itself in the US as a major new sports […]

Euro football channel Sky Sports 5 launches

UK pay TV operator Sky is set to launch a new channel, called Sky Sports 5, dedicated to European football. The new channel will be available to Sky Sports subscribers as part of their sports package and will be the seventh Sky Sports channel, joining Sky Sports 1 to 4, Sky Sports F1 and Sky […]