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The Premier League’s 20 clubs are unconcerned about the small drop in the value of their domestic live rights in the next cycle, following deals this month with BT and Amazon that brought the protracted sales process to a close.

The UK’s Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, has said she is “minded to” refer US media company 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of pan-European pay-television broadcast group Sky to UK media watchdog Ofcom after the parties involved issued formal notification of the merger to the European Commission.

UK media watchdog Ofcom has dropped its investigation into the rights-sales model for football’s English Premier League.

UK media regulator Ofcom is analysing a proposed deal that would result in international sports broadcaster Eurosport becoming the first commercial entity to televise live coverage in the UK of the Wimbledon tennis grand slam.

UK pay-television operator Virgin Media has stepped up its claim for UK media regulator Ofcom to allow more games from football’s English Premier League to be broadcast live on television by releasing research detailing that the majority of fans want access to further coverage of matches.

UK media regulator Ofcom has issued a ruling after customers of telecommunications company BT complained that a £5 (€7/$8) monthly charge for its new BT Sport Europe pay-television channel represented an extra cost that hadn’t been previously agreed.

UK media regulator Ofcom has launched a supplementary consultation over whether pay-television broadcaster Sky’s demand that rival operators supply key sports rights in exchange for its own sports content “would prejudice fair and effective competition”.

Ofcom has rejected a call from telecommunications company BT to include a full investigation into the country’s pay-television market as part of the UK media regulator’s ongoing digital communications review.

Justice Barling, chairman of a tribunal set up to consider whether UK pay-television broadcaster Sky should have to offer its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels to rival telecommunications company BT, has agreed to step down from the role, according to the Guardian newspaper.

UK pay-television operator Virgin Media has continued its war of words with pay-television broadcaster Sky by suggesting its latest set of price rises are more representative of the costs incurred through the new rights deal for football’s English Premier League.

UK media regulator Ofcom has said it will canvas the opinions of thousands of football fans as it continues its investigation into a complaint from pay-television operator Virgin Media over the means by which English Premier League rights are sold to broadcasters.

UK media regulator Ofcom has today (Wednesday) rejected an attempt by pay-television operator Virgin Media to halt the sales process for the next round of domestic rights to the Premier League, the top division of English football.

UK media regulator Ofcom is likely to force the Premier League to make more games from the top division of English football available for live broadcast, according to the Telegraph.

Sky has hit out at Ed Richards, the former chief executive of Ofcom, after he said that he felt “vindicated” by court rulings in favour of the UK media regulator against the pay-television broadcaster.

UK media regulator Ofcom has said Sky’s dominance of the UK pay-television sports rights market could harm competition, but stated it is “less clear” that an obligation to share content with other broadcasters should be extended to its rival, telecommunications company BT.

Ofcom will be fighting a lonely battle in trying to convince the Premier League to make all of its matches available for live broadcast in the UK.