Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Canal Plus loses football rights to Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera has been awarded the majority of media rights to screen Uefa Champions League matches in France for three years from 2012 in a deal worth €180m, landing a serious blow on French pay-TV operator Canal Plus.

The financial details of the deal were undisclosed, but a person close to the talks said the Qatari broadcaster had offered twice as much as the amount Canal Plus was paying for the four packages, which include the rights to televise 133 matches per season. Al Jazeera will pay about €60m each year, compared with the €31m a year paid currently by Canal Plus for the games.

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