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Volume 6 No. 212


The Tour de France "will remain on free-to-air television in major European markets including Britain and Italy until 2019 after organisers agreed a new broadcast deal on Monday," according to Keith Weir of REUTERS. Commercial broadcaster ITV "will show the three-week Tour in Britain, while state-owned RAI will screen it in Italy." Pay-TV companies "have made big inroads into the sports rights market in those two countries." British riders from Team Sky, backed by BSkyB, "have won the Tour in the last two years, but the pay-TV company has been unable to secure live rights to the event" (REUTERS, 9/9).

Changsha, China newspaper Hunan Daily "had to recall hundreds of thousands of copies after it printed an erroneous report by Xinhua that Istanbul, not Tokyo, had won the right to host the 2020 Olympics," according to Pinghui & Lau of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The newspaper "reported the incident on its verified Sina microblog account, which also published a picture showing two copies of newspapers, one with Tokyo and the other naming Istanbul as the winning city on the front pages." A man "verified by the Sina microblog to be a deputy chief editor" of the Changsha Evening News "complained" that Xinhua should "reflect on the mistake and consider the losses it had caused to the newspaper nationwide" (SCMP, 9/9). The WANT CHINA TIMES reported China Central Television's commentators "mistakenly said Tokyo was eliminated in the first round of voting" by the IOC during a live show on Saturday. The network commentators said, "Japan was eliminated at the first round of the voting. Japanese delegates will participate in the second round of voting, which will see Madrid or Istanbul to be elected." The show aired "live at around 4am" in China. The station "later apologized for the mistake" (WANT CHINA TIMES, 9/9).

German free-to-air TV channel RTL "received top ratings for its broadcast of the Italian F1 Grand Prix on Sunday," according to Timo Nöthling of QUOTENMETER. A total of 5.64 million viewers tuned in to watch Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel's victory at Monza. The number translated into a market share of 34.8%. In the target demographic 14-49, RTL obtained a 28.3% share. In addition, German pay-TV channel Sky attracted 490,000 viewers to its broadcast of the race. The number equaled a 3.1% market share. In the target demographic, Sky had a 3.4% share (QUOTENMETER, 9/9).

U.S OPEN: DWDL's Alexander Krei reported pan-European broadcaster Eurosport "attracted an average of 150,000 viewers to its broadcast of the U.S. Open's men's doubles final" on Sunday. The match, which started at 6:27pm German time, obtained a 0.3% market share in the target demographic. The women's final between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka was watched by 280,000 viewers and had a 2.4% market share. In the target demographic, Williams' victory obtained a 1.2% share (DWDL, 9/9).

VOLLEYBALL: DWDL's Krei also reported German sports network Sport1 "recorded satisfying ratings for its broadcast of the women's Volleyball European Championships." The game between Germany and Turkey attracted 310,000 viewers on Sunday evening. Germany's straight-set victory received a 1.5% market share in the target demographic (DWDL, 9/9).

Austrian free-to-air TV channel ServusTV, which has had the TV rights for the German Hockey League (DEL) since last season, has reportedly decided to scrap its Friday evening hockey highlight magazine show "Servus Hockey Night kompakt." A channel spokesperson "confirmed the move." (DWDL, 9/9). ... Austrian-based online sports portal "will from now on offer its sports livestreams in HD." In addition, the new service, Laola1 Premium, "includes extra functions such as rewind and an alert service." Laola1 Premium has a price tag of €4.99 ($6.60) (RAPID TV NEWS, 9/9).