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The European Commission last week accused German public-service broadcasters of a series of irregularities

Commonwealth Games:  UK public-service broadcaster the BBC acquired the rights to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in a deal with the Fastrack agency, which is selling the rights on behalf of the organisers.

RTL said this week that it needs to acquire major sports rights

Asian Games:  Indian public-service broadcaster Doordarshan acquired the exclusive rights in India for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, paying $400,000 (£215,000/€313,000), an increase of $50,000 on what it paid for the previous Games.

Haim Saban is in advanced talks to sell his majority stake to the Axel Springer publishing group.

Golf: US network NBC signed a six-year extension to its deal with the US Golf Association which gives it the live rights for the US Open, one of golf’s four Majors.

German football league to block plan by Deutsche Telekom to use Bundesliga internet rights.

Wide-ranging distribution deal agreed with Unity Media

Premiere dependent on money raised by flotation

French football’s Ligue 1 rights the most expensive in the world

Premiere, the German pay-television broadcaster, has salvaged something of its reputation following its deal with DSF.

RTL sold on the rights for one of this year’s World Cup ski-jumping events after a row with the FIS

Shock award of international media rights for German league football

Tennis: Pan-European cable and satellite broadcaster Eurosport extended its deal for coverage of the Australian Open for a further four years, from 2008 to 2011. Eurosport will also be the distribution agent for the media rights across Europe. The rights were previously held by the European Broadcasting Union, the umbrella group representing the region’s public-service broadcasters.

Sky Italia to re-launch digital multi-channel coverage this season.

Football: The German Football League awarded the rights for the Bundesliga in several three-year deals covering 2006-07 to 2008-09.

Versatel has jumped into the vanguard of an emerging movement by telecoms companies to seriously challenge broadcasters for live television rights.

France Télévisions believe that FIS must change to interest broadcasters.

Formula One Management to take over host-broadcasting from 2007 season.