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Olympic Channel, BeIN Media Group Announce Programming Partnership

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 05 / 17

The Olympic Channel and beIN Media Group announced a new partnership which began on Monday with programming blocks leading to the launch of a 24/7 linear channel on Nov. 1 across 24 Middle East and North Africa territories. Under the "Olympic Channel" brand, the partnership began with a daily eight-...

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