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Volume 6 No. 212


The Spanish Football League (LFP) has confirmed the TV dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona in its review of '11-12 viewership, according to Ángel Liceras of MARCA. Real Madrid (18.1%) and Barcelona (17%) lead in standout form the rankings of the teams that were watched the most on TV. Atlético drew the third-most viewers, with 8.9%, while Valencia accounted for 7.3% of the league's TV viewers. Of the 20 teams in La Liga, the top four accounted for 51.3% of the league's entire TV audience, but earned a total of €364M ($487M) in broadcast rights, which made up 60.25% of the the league's broadcast earnings (MARCA, 6/18).  

The BBC Trust, BBC Scotland's governing body, has found that the broadcaster "breached accuracy guidelines on its reporting of the collapse of Rangers last year," according to the SCOTSMAN. The BBC Trust upheld complaints that BBC Scotland "had incorrectly used the terms 'old' and 'new' club in online articles in its news and sports sections." Complaints that such terms were a result of an "anti-Rangers bias" at the BBC Scotland "were rejected by the Trust." The BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee added it was "satisfied that although there had been a breach of the editorial guidelines in relation to due accuracy and the use of clear and precise language, it had not seen anything to suggest that the BBC had knowingly and materially misled its audience" (SCOTSMAN, 6/18).

Global sports broadcaster beIN SPORT and int'l media company MP & Silva on Tuesday announced their partnership to launch beIN SPORT in Indonesia. BeIN SPORT will launch three high-definition channels featuring a line-up of football content, led by coverage of the Premier League as well as other top sports events such as the 17th Asian Games INCHEON 2014. The channels will be known as beIN SPORT 1 HD, beIN SPORT 2 HD and beIN SPORT 3 Premier League HD. The beIN SPORT channels will be available on some of Indonesia's pay-TV systems from July 1, 2013. All three channels will be available on Orange TV and NexMedia, while beIN SPORT 1 HD and 2 HD will be available on First Media (MP & Silva).