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German public broadcaster ARD "will drop its F1 live radio broadcasts from its program" in '14, according to the SID. ARD announced the decision after a board of directors meeting and said that its F1 radio broadcasts "have recently been economically unreasonable." ARD Radio Broadcast Commission Chair Joachim Knuth said, "It hasn't been an easy decision to drop our F1 live radio broadcasts. And therefore we will evaluate our decision in the fall of 2014." For some time, F1 "has been struggling with declining interest in the series" (SID, 6/25).
Games in the Kontinental Hockey League will be broadcast across Finland thanks to a new agreement between the KHL, assisted by marketing agency UFA Sports, and the Danish telecom network Viasat. The Danish telecom network will launch a new channel this fall, Viasat Hockey Finland, on which it will show games from the KHL with commentary in Finnish (KHL). ... ONE World Sports announced that it will carry exclusive coverage of all men's and women's football matches in the 2013 East Asian Football Federation's East Asian Cup next month (ONE World Sports). ... Leinster Council Chair Martin Skelly has expressed dismay that the Gaelic Athletic Association "broadcast partners did not make any enquiry about televising Saturday’s championship hurling replay between Dublin and Kilkenny." Skelly said that "no approach was made from either RTÉ or TV3 despite a willingness to accommodate live television with a 5pm throw-in" (IRISH TIMES, 6/26).