A "high-level personnel shake-up is underway in Sky TV's sports department," according to Kathryn Powley of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. The company's four top execs sports producers, Martin Crowe, Tui McKendrick, Andrew Fyfe and James Cameron, "were called into meetings on Friday where they were told about a proposal to restructure their jobs." Sky CEO John Fellett confirmed that the pay-TV provider suffered a NZ$15M ($12.4M) loss over its Olympics coverage, "but would not discuss the restructuring." Fellett said, "Sadly the NZ$15 million loss, you can put at my decision-making abilities. I'm the one that decided to go ahead and do the Olympics, not anybody else in the organisation" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 9/23).
Broadcaster SporTV has announced a broadcasting deal with the Tour of Rio through '25. The Tour of Rio is "the biggest cycling competition in Latin America." Terms of the deal were not disclosed (MAQUINADOESPORTE.com, 9/21). ... UEFA has awarded certain media rights for the '12-15 UEFA Champions League in South Africa to braodcaster e.tv. The commerical braodcaster will air on a free-to-air basis each matchweek the best Tuesday game followed by a highlights program. The broadcaster also has the rights to the UEFA Champions League final (UEFA).