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beIN Sports boss talks to Swiss prosecutors

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the head of beIN Sports Media, spent a reported eight hours talking to Swiss prosecutors on October 26th over alleged corruption and bribery claims between Qatar-based beIN and…

EU court annuls UPC-Ziggo merger

EU court annuls UPC-Ziggo merger

The European General Court has annulled the planned merger of the UPC and Ziggo cable TV networks in the Netherlands, finding that the European Commission failed adequately to look into the…

Twitter bans RT, Sputnik ads

Social media site Twitter has, effective immediately, banned RT and Sputnik from buying advertising amid fears they attempted to interfere with the 2016 US election. US authorities say both of…

Fines for illegal Sky Sports streamers

Fines for illegal Sky Sports streamers

A judgment has been obtained in the High Court of England and Wales against a Sky customer who had been streaming Sky Sports content illegally online. Yusuf Mohammed, of Bristol…

La Liga: ‘A global entertainment brand’

La Liga: ‘A global entertainment brand’

According to Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s premier football tournament La Liga, the league is more than just a football competition, and is now a global entertainment company, akin to…

CNN in trouble with Russia again

Only days after resolving a technical spat with Russia over alleged “violations” of the country’s media legislation, CNN is again in potential hot water. This time the problems come from…

Qatar denounces “unjust siege” over beIN Sports

Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim Al Thani, speaking in Indonesia where he is currently on a visit, was highly critical of the recent move by Egypt to further escalate the already…

Portugal: ERC names 12 risks in Meo-Media Capital deal

Portugal: ERC names 12 risks in Meo-Media Capital deal

Portugal’s Media Regulatory Authority (ERC) has been unable to reach a consensus on the proposed acquisition of Media Capital by Meo, referring the case to the Competition Authority. The ERC…

Qatar hit by Egypt in beIN Sports row

Qatar hit by Egypt in beIN Sports row

The diplomatic problems between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Gulf states and Qatar has escalated and now threatens the TV output from Qatar-based beIN Sports. October 18th saw Egypt’s prosecutor-general…

Brazilian approval for AT&T/TW deal

Brazil’s antitrust authority, the Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE) has approved AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner. “We appreciate the hard work by CADE to review and evaluate the…