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Volume 10 No. 22


IMG Sports Media has announced it will move its sports production business to Stockley Park business park in London. The relocation will be completed by the middle of '14 and was made necessary by the lease on existing buildings at the Hogarth business Park in Chiswick expiring. Mediahouse, the studio's post-production arm of IMG Sports Media, will be rebranded IMG Studios, which will also be the name of the 107,000-square foot building. The facilities include four studios as well as 13 production galleries, 72 edit suites, four sound dubbing suites, five radio studios, five transmission suites and a master control room. There will also be dedicated areas for graphics, streaming and encoding (IMG).

Amaury Sport Organisation and French public national TV broadcaster France Télévisions have signed a partnership agreement through '20 for the broadcasting of events organized by ASO, including the Tour de France. The partnership makes France Télévisions the official broadcaster of the following events until '20: the Dakar Rally, Paris-Nice, the Critérium Int'l, the Schneider Electric Marathon of Paris, Paris-Roubaix, the Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour de France and Paris-Tours. The new agreement follows a consultation made by ASO on Feb. 13, 2012 regarding the TV rights in France for the '16-20 period about free access TV channels for the sporting events concerned. In total, these competitions accounted for more than 170 hours of broadcasts last year on France Télévisions channels (ASO).

German public broadcaster ZDF "has recorded top ratings for its broadcast of the second Champions League semifinal between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid," according to Manuel Weis of QUOTENMETER. An average of 13.7 million viewers tuned in to watch Dortmund's 4-1 victory on Wednesday night. In comparison, last year's semifinal, which aired on free-to-air TV channel Sat.1, between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid attracted 10.76 million viewers for the first leg and 12.6 million for the second leg. There "has never been a higher-rated Champions League semifinal on German TV than Wednesday's game between Dortmund and Madrid." The more than 13 million viewers equaled a 43.8% market share. In the target demographic 14-49, ZDF's broadcast obtained a 40.5% market share. In addition, German pay-TV channel Sky attracted 910,000 viewers to its broadcast of the game and had a 2.9% market share. In the target demographic, the game received a 3.7% share (QUOTENMETER, 4/25). ... MARCA TV "continues growing and was the preferred sports channel by Spanish football fans following the Champions League match on Wednesday," according to MARCA. MARCA TV earned a 1.6% market share, making it the most watched sports channel of the day. MARCAGol, a program hosted by Rebeca Haro and Rodrigo Marciel, commented on the game live along with the narration of Abel Muela. "On this occasion, 528,000 fans followed the program," which earned a 3.2% market share. This made this edition of MARCAGol the most-watched episode of the year (MARCA, 4/25).

German free-to-air TV channels kabel eins and Sat.1 "will show the U21 European Championship from Israel" in June. The first game will be the Group B matchup between Germany and the Netherlands on June 6 at 8:15pm German time (DWDL, 4/24). ... Energized by sponsors Bacchus, the multipurpose indoor sports facility, Beeline Arena, in active partnership with local channel TV5, will organize the 2013 Bacchus Cambodian Champion of the Ring, giving traditional Cambodian boxing a huge competitive boost (PHNOM PENH POST, 4/25).