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Volume 6 No. 214


Eurovision, through its wholly owned subsidiary Eurovision Production Coordination, together with Russian state broadcaster VGTRK, has been appointed as official host broadcaster for the next edition of the Int'l Association of Athletics Federations World Championships, which takes place in Moscow from Aug. 10-18. EPC and VGTRK will deliver all host broadcast services, including provision of the integrated broadcast feed, additional feeds and a daily highlights program. The last European edition of the IAAF World Championships (Berlin '09) had a global TV audience of 8 billion viewers (IAAF).

The future of a multimillion-dollar deal for the TV rights of racing in New South Wales is being "stalled by infighting over who should sit on the board of broadcaster TVN," according to Chris Roots of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The TVN board has been "in caretaker-mode" for more than three months as powerbrokers in NSW and Victoria "attempt to position themselves for control of the pay-TV racing broadcast operator." The new board needs to be in place before a CEO can be appointed to replace Peter Sweeney, who will leave his CEO position this month. The deal, which will secure the broadcaster's future, "cannot be finalised until then." Attempts to appoint a new board "have hit several obstacles." Victoria Racing Club Chair Michael Burn and Melbourne Racing Club Chair Michael Symons have been put forward by their respective clubs. However, there is "opposition to both men" because they previously held consultancy contracts with the broadcaster (SMH, 10/8).

Week 7 of the Bundesliga "provided German public broadcaster ARD with a new viewer record for its game day recap show Sportschau," according to David Grzeschik of The show, which started at 6:30pm CEST, "attracted 5.01 million viewers." It is the first time this year that the show "was viewed by more than 5 million viewers." This number translates into an overall market share of 22.6%. In addition, ARD's recap of Germany's 3rd League attracted 2.82 million viewers or a 17.2% share at 6pm (, 10/7). QUOTENMETER's German free-to-air TV channel kabel eins obtained "outstanding ratings" for its broadcast of the Europa League match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Fenerbahce Istanbul on Thursday. During the game's first half, "a total of 2.7 million viewers or a 8.7% market share tuned in to watch Fenerbahce's 4-2 victory." In the second half, kabel eins attracted "an even larger crowd." A total of 2.87 million or a 12.5% share watched the second half, which started at 10:05pm CEST (, 10/5).

The Shanghai Rolex Masters has "launched its new English language website" in time for the event to be played at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre from Sunday until Oct. 14. The new website,, "will feature live scoring, draws and schedules, daily match reviews, features, a photo gallery, videos, player bios and stacks of tournament information from facts and stats right through to what you will find on-site" (GULF NEWS, 10/4). ... Golf is set to tee off again on Australia's Seven Network with the players of the Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney from Dec. 6-9. Seven will broadcast all four days of the tournament from 12pm to 5pm AEDT each day, a total of 20 hours (Emirates Australian Open).