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Volume 10 No. 22


Gary Lineker and Clare Balding "will lead the BBC's coverage" of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The sports presenters "will broadcast live from Celtic Park and Hampden for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Games and provide commentary throughout the 11 days of competition." Hazel Irvine will join Huw Edwards in the commentary box for both ceremonies. Popular programs such as "The One Show," "BBC Breakfast," "The Ken Bruce Show" and "A Question Of Sport" will be aired from the corporation's Scottish headquarters at Pacific Quay during the Games. Coverage will start each day during BBC Breakfast and "run through to a late-night highlights programme with Clare Balding" (DAILY RECORD, 11/7). In Edinburgh, Martyn McLaughlin reported the BBC will “err slightly towards” the successes of Scottish athletes in its coverage on the basis that competitors from the home nation will attract the “biggest roars” and “most emotional interviews” that will be “played for years to come.” While the plans do not include dedicated TV coverage of Team Scotland’s exploits via the likes of a live stream or red-button channel, senior execs said audience research indicated viewers north of the border want to see “the best athletes and performances,” irrespective of the nations involved. Amid concerns that most of the production work will be carried out by staff relocating from BBC Sport in Salford, they added that there would be "lots of opportunities for BBC Scotland staff to play a role." Reporting Scotland "will have extended bulletins on the Games, while BBC Two Scotland’s Sport Nation will focus on sports action in the run-up to and during the spectacle" (SCOTSMAN, 11/7).

German public broadcaster ZDF "has set a new season ratings record for its broadcast of the Champions League game between Dortmund and Arsenal," according to Manuel Weis of QUOTENMETER. An average of 9.02 million tuned in to watch the game on Wednesday evening. The number translated into a market share of 30.2%. In the target demographic 14-49, Arsenal's 1-0 win attracted 2.91 million and had a 24.7% share. The numbers were better than for ZDF's broadcasts of Bayern Munich's Champions League games in Weeks 2 and 3. Those games attracted around 7.8 million and 8.6 million viewers, respectively.
German pay-TV operator Sky "showed, in addition to the Dortmund-Arsenal game, the matchup between Schalke and Chelsea." Chelsea's 3-0 victory was watched by 960,000 viewers on Sky. The number translated into a market share of 3.2%. In the target demographic, the game obtained a 4.4% share (QUOTENMETER, 11/7).

Rugby World Cup 2015 appointed TF1 as rights holding TV broadcaster for the French market by tournament owners Rugby World Cup Ltd. The deal, which represents a record financial commitment for the rights, follows a highly competitive tender process for the French rights, which are among the highest-rating in the Rugby World Cup broadcast portfolio. The French market delivered 17.8 million viewers for the Rugby World Cup 2011 final, representing an 87% audience share, while 20 million tuned in for the Rugby World Cup 2007 semifinal between France and England, when TF1 was host broadcaster of the record-grossing event. Under the terms of the deal, TF1 will manage the broadcast of live coverage of all 48 matches. TF1 will also deliver TV, digital and mobile highlights (RWCL).

MP & Silva has secured the worldwide distribution rights for the Kuwait FA through '16. The package includes friendly and qualifying home matches of the Kuwait national team for all int'l competitions such as the World Cup, Olympics and Asian Cup. MP & Silva will be the exclusive distributor of the Kuwait FA rights across cable, satellite, betting terrestrial, Internet, IPTV and mobile platforms (MP & Silva). ... The 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour highlights programs will be available on global airline Emirates aircrafts. The programs will feature action from the 2013 Alpari Tour events in Germany, Korea and Sweden (Alpari World Tour).