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Volume 6 No. 197


German public broadcaster ARD "received outstanding ratings for its broadcast of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between Germany and the Faroe Islands," according to Sidney Schering of QUOTENMETER. A total of 10.45 million viewers tuned in at 8:45pm to watch the game. The number translated into a market share of 34.2%. In the target demographic 14-49, Germany's 3-0 victory attracted 3.8 million viewers and had a 32.2% share. Ahead of the football game broadcast, ARD aired the live announcement of the IOC presidential election results in its "Sportschau" program at 8:20pm. The election of Germany's Thomas Bach as ninth IOC president attracted 5.41 million viewers, including 1.82 million in the target demographic. The numbers equaled market shares of 18.4% and 16.9%, respectively (QUOTENMETER, 9/11).

Pan-European broadcaster Eurosport has been awarded broadcasting rights for the upcoming '13-15 UEFA Youth League. Eurosport is the first official broadcaster of the event (Eurosport). ... Radio 5 Live’s top football commentator Alan Green "was conspicuous by his absence from the England game in Ukraine on Tuesday night." The controversial Green, who divides opinion among fans and those in the industry, "had been expected to be in Kiev, having returned from holiday in time to commentate on England’s win against Moldova at Wembley on Friday." Green "had personal reasons for missing the game." But there "has also been a summer-long dispute over whether he would be able to fly to Ukraine in business class as he has done regularly throughout his BBC career" (London DAILY MAIL, 9/10).