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Mediaset cameras return to LaLiga grounds

Spanish commercial broadcaster Mediaset has been given permission to return to LaLiga top-tier football matches by the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y La Competencia (CNMC), the country’s competition regulator.

Mediaset cameras had been banned from Spanish top-tier matches by LaLiga after the broadcaster refused to accept conditions imposed on free-to-air broadcasters regarding limits of 90 seconds per weekend on match recaps.

LaLiga imposed the restrictions in an effort to protect the rights of public-service broadcaster TVE, which acquired free-to-air rights for the top tier for the 2015-16 season.

Mediaset launched a formal complaint about the award of the rights in August, with the CNMC expected to rule on the matter within the next three months.

“Providers of audiovisual communication services are allowed to enter, within the authorised area, every space in which general interest events are taking place,” the CNMC said.