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Oceania Football Confederation explores launch of television channel

The Oceania Football Confederation, football’s governing body in Oceania, is in talks with New Zealand free-to-air television service Freeview about launching its own sports channel.

The TVNZ website said that the OFC had also initiated talks with at least 15 national sports organisations and Sport New Zealand, a sports development organisation that is funded by the country’s government.

The channel would be “built around football,” but would also provide live coverage of other sports, the report said.

The new channel would build on the governing body’s recently-launched internet streaming service, Oceaniafootball.com.

The confederation’s secretary general, Tai Nicholas, is leading the proposal and held a meeting in Auckland last week with several of New Zealand’s sports administrators.