Tunisian national broadcaster in u-turn on cup rights deal

Tunisian public-service broadcaster Télévision Tunisienne has reversed a decision to curtail a rights deal for the country’s national cup football competition after an emergency meeting with the Fédération Tunisienne de Football, the Tunisian football federation.

Following the meeting, the broadcaster, which did not give a reason for its earlier decision to annul the rights deal, said that it would continue to show 22 matches per year in the cup, including the final.

Rights for the tournament’s nine other fixtures – including one semi-final – will be put out to the market, and are expected to be worth TD800,000 (€400,000/$512,000), according to Ahmed Tissaoui, assistant director of sports programmes at the federation.

The federation sold Télévision Tunisienne the cup rights for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons for a total of TD1.3 million in October 2011.