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UK government launches ‘Digital Rights Review’ for sports events

Ellen White of England and Kathrin-Julia Hendrich of Germany in action during the Uefa Women's Euro 2022 final (by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

The UK government has today (Tuesday) launched a review into whether its free-to-air ‘listed events’ rules should be reformed to accommodate changes in the broadcast and consumption of major sporting events.

The Digital Rights Review will look at whether the ‘listed events’ rules should be reformed so that public-service broadcasters (PSBs) - including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 - are guaranteed the opportunity to acquire digital rights to major events such as the Olympic Games and Fifa World Cup, rather than just focusing on traditional television broadcasting, as is the case today.

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