Premier League


BBC Studios’ Tim Davie bows out of Premier League top job

BBC Studios boss Tim Davie has bowed out of the top Premier League job. According to the Financial Times, the exec has rejected the role and assured staff that he will be staying on at BBC Studios, weeks ahead of the producer-distributor’s major Showcase event in Liverpool in February. For months, Davie had been in […]

Premier League resumes CEO search following Dinnage’s shock exit

The Premier League is scrambling to appoint a successor to outgoing CEO Richard Scudamore after Discovery exec Susanna Dinnage pulled out of the top job over the holidays. Almost two months after being appointed CEO of the Premier League, Dinnage made a sudden U-turn on her decision last week, citing a change of heart. While […]

Ampere: Premier League rights to pass £10bn mark

The value of Premier League football rights is set to break the £10 billion barrier for the first time, with Amazon emerging as a “significant potential bidder”, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm predicts that the total value for UK and international rights in the upcoming auction for three seasons from 2019 – 2022 […]

Sky brings Jamie Vardy football doc to flagship net

Sky 1 is set to broadcast fly-on-the-wall doc The Next Jamie Vardy in September. Beginning on 16 September, the series will take a look behind Vardy’s V9 Academy. It will follow the footballer as he seeks to discover new talent from non-league football. The six-part series will also reflect back on Vardy’s time playing in […]

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 […]

Ofcom rejects Virgin Media calls to delay Premier League auction

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has reject calls by Virgin Media to delay the current Premier League TV rights auction, claiming there is no “urgent need to intervene.” Last month, Virgin called for a temporary halt to the auction while Ofcom concluded an ongoing investigation into the sales process.  However, the Premier League responded by saying there […]

BBC claims sports viewing victory over Sky

The BBC claims it was the most-watched sports broadcaster in the UK last year, despite only showing 2% of sport on television. Based on internal BBC stats from its marketing and audiences division, the broadcaster claimed it notched up 40% of all sports viewing last year compared to second place Sky Sports with 31% – […]

Fox rebrands Dutch channel, preps Fox Sports launch

Fox has continued the rebranding of its channels and roll out of Fox Sports service internationally with two new launches in the Netherlands. Fox International Channels finalised a deal for Dutch sports firm Eredivisie Media & Marketing last December, acquiring a 51% stake in EMM, which manages the rights for Holland’s top football league and […]

FIC launching Fox Sports Channel in Italy

Fox International Channels has secured a slew of rights for a new Fox Sports channel it will launch in Italy later this year. FIC will launch the service in August and has secured a raft of premium football rights including English FA Cup and Premier League as well as games from Spain’s top divisions. FIC […]

Disney looks at exiting ESPN UK

Disney has confirmed that it is looking at pulling out of its UK-based sport channel ESPN.     The media giant is already on the record as considering exiting a number of international markets as a result of the growing costs of acquiring live sporting rights and on an analyst call yesterday, CFO James Rasulo […]