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Volume 6 No. 216


The German Football League (DFL) "questions the new Sky Sport News HD app launched by German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland," according TELECOMPAPER. The DFL said in a press statement that "it has some questions about the app as Sky Deutschland does not have rights to stream live matches or goals for mobile (online) devices." The app "could breach the exclusive rights for online streaming of goals/match videos one hour after the end of the matches" that are owned by German publishing company Axel Springer Verlag, owner of the BILD newspaper (TELECOMPAPER, 8/5). DIGITALFERNSEHEN reported Sky CEO Brian Sullivan "is confident that the issue concerning Axel Springer and the DFL will be resolved." Sullivan said that the new app is "absolutely legitimate." Sullivan added that Sky's new app for tablets and smartphones "is not meant to compete with the fee-based BildPlus Bundeliga app" from Axel Springer. Sullivan: "The apps are completely different" (DIGITALFERNSEHEN, 8/6).

German public broadcaster ARD "has recorded satisfying ratings for its broadcast of the first round DFB Pokal (German Cup) match between BSV SW Rehden and Bayern Munich," according to Manuel Nunez Sanchez of QUOTENMETER. An average of 5.17 million viewers tuned in to watch the game, which started at 8:30pm local time on Monday. The number translated into a 20.1% market share. In the target demographic 14-49, Bayern's 5-0 victory attracted 1.46 million viewers and had a 15.5% market share. The 15-minute pregame show was watched by 3.99 million viewers and obtained market shares of 17.7% and 13.4%, respectively. German pay-TV channel Sky, which also aired the game, attracted 260,000 viewers to its broadcast. The number equaled a 1% market share. In the target demographic, the match was watched by 130,000 viewers and had a 1.4% share (QUOTENMETER, 8/6).

TELEMUNDO: Telemundo Media's weekend sports show "Titulares Telemundo" delivered the highest ratings for a sports news commentary program in Spanish-language TV in the month of July, averaging 474,000 viewers, according to Nielsen. "Titulares Telemundo" capped off July with the highest-rated show in its history on Sunday, July 28, ranking as the No. 1 Hispanic sports news commentary show with 1.06 million total viewers, and outperforming "Republica Deportiva" and "Contacto Deportivo" combined (Telemundo).

Football Federation Australia has appointed World Sport Group to represent the worldwide (excluding Australia and Oceania) broadcast rights for the Australian national football league, the Hyundai A-League, for a further four years, until the end of the '16-17 season, according to CAMPAIGN ASIA. In addition to the Hyundai A-League, the FFA "has also extended WSG's agreement to sell the broadcast rights to the Australian senior men's national team matches." Matches from the Hyundai A-League's '12-13 season "were televised in major markets worldwide with a potential reach of nearly 90 million." Broadcasters who aired the matches included Mediaset Premium Calcio in Italy, BSkyB in the U.K., Fox Sports and One World Sports in the U.S., TV Asahi and NHK in Japan, i-Cable in Hong Kong, Astro in Malaysia, Starhub in Singapore and Guangdong TV in China (CAMPAIGN ASIA, 8/6).

BBC Sport has confirmed that it "will replace the legendary" James Alexander Gordon with former Radio 4 presenter Charlotte Green, who will be "the first female voice to read the classified football results at 5pm on Saturday afternoons," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Gordon, 77, announced his retirement last month following throat surgery after nearly 40 years of "calling the scores in his distinctive melodious Scottish brogue, which became one of football’s most familiar voices." Test Match Special cricket reporter Kevin Howells, who concentrates on the county game, "will read the classifieds for the first weeks of the new season that started last Saturday." But the BBC "wanted to end that male preserve and give the permanent post to a woman, with Green the choice, as revealed by Sportsmail on Tuesday morning." Green, 57, once voted the most attractive female voice on national radio, "took voluntary redundancy earlier this year." Green: "The BBC’s days of employing people who sound like me are more or less over." However, she will "make an unlikely comeback." Green’s voice was once described as "a marvel, something to make one feel safe and secure, like being tucked up in bed with a hot water bottle" (DAILY MAIL, 8/6).

TV channel Fox Sports 2's (formerly known as Fox Sports Latinoamérica) "Fox Sports Radio" made its debut on Monday, with broadcasters André Marín, Alejandro Blanco and Daniel Brailovsky, also a former Argentinian footballer, "contributing analysis of the sporting topics of the day," according to LA AFICION. The show will air Monday through Friday at 4pm from a studio in Mexico, with the broadcast extending from the U.S. to Argentina. Marín, who leads the program, said, "I am excited and thankful to the people of Fox Sports for this new opportunity to do things in a different format from the evening show, 'The Last Word,' which is more strict and formal. This show is more relaxed and lighter" (LA AFICION, 8/5).