BT Sport is "understood to be looking to the BBC" for its main commentator after persuading Jake Humphrey to front its Premier League coverage, according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Radio 5 Live’s John Murray, who has the lead microphone role for the main radio football match on the flagship Saturday program, "could be set to join Humphrey." Murray "is high on the wishlist of BT." BT is paying £738M ($1.2B) over three seasons while Sky is paying £2.28B ($3.6B) for its rights. One man "set to stay at the BBC is Gary Lineker." The "Match of the Day" presenter "is expected to sign a new contract" (DAILY MAIL, 1/29).
German media company Axel Springer, which will receive the online rights to the Bundesliga this summer, "wants media company Constantin Medien to produce its content," according to Manuel Weis of QUOTEN METER. Axel Springer, through its website BILD.de, "will be allowed to show up to six-minute long clips of Bundesliga games -- starting an hour after the conclusion of games for a charge and after midnight free-of-charge." The clips, as wished by Axel Springer, "will be produced by Constantin Medien." Constantin currently works together with telecom company Deutsche Telekom "to produce Bundesliga games for Telekom's Liga Total! IPTV and mobile program. However, Telekom "will discontinue its Liga Total! program after the season because it lost the league's IPTV and mobile rights to Sky Deutschland." Should Springer and Constantin agree to a cooperation, the Liga Total! staff "could continue its work in a limited capacity" (QUOTEN METER, 1/29).
Broadcasters beIN Sport and Canal+ made the second round of bidding for the rights to the Premier League in France for the next three seasons, according to Etienne Moatti of L'EQUIPE. The two now have until Thursday noon local time to turn in their "financial propositions." Currently, Canal+ pays €24M ($32.4M) annually for the rights to the competition (L'EQUIPE, 1/28).