Indian broadcaster Ten Sports "has bagged the broadcast rights" for the Tour de France until '16 for the Indian sub-continent, according to Meenakshi Verma Ambwani of THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE. The sports broadcaster "has acquired the rights for the popular bicycle race for all forms" of free-to-air and pay TV, DTH and IPTV transmission, pay-per-view and video-on-demand. It "will be an exclusive rights holder in the Indian sub-continent." The 2013 Tour de France "will be the 100th edition of Tour de France." It is scheduled to start on June 29 at Corsica in the city of Porto-Vecchio (THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE, 4/25).
Int'l media rights company MP & Silva has secured a deal for the exclusive rights to distribute four seasons of DKB Handball-Bundesliga, from '13-14 until '16-17, which was marketed by Sport1 in cooperation with German Handball-Bundesliga GmbH. MP & Silva has worldwide exclusive distribution rights (excluding Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg and Alto Adige) for TV rights across cable, satellite and terrestrial platforms, and for Internet, mobile and betting rights. The package includes two live matches per round during the regular season (34 weeks), plus a Super Cup (Aug. 20), the All Star Game, the German Cup-Final Lufthansa Final Four and weekly highlight programs (MP & Silva).
BT "has appointed Red Bee Media to provide playout, channel and media management services for BT’s new live sports offering, BT Sport." Set to launch this summer, the channels "will be available across the U.K." (THE DRUM, 4/25). ... Broadcaster Clare Balding "is to be honoured at the TV Baftas next month in recognition of her on-screen achievements." The presenter, who "became something of a national treasure after her prominent roles at the Olympics and Paralympics last summer, will be given the 'Special Award'" (Wolverhampton EXPRESS AND STAR, 4/28).