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UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport is reported to be preparing a record bid to acquire exclusive rights to the Scottish Professional Football League.

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.

To secure an increase in the value of its domestic media rights, the English Football League must make pay-television operator Sky believe it is facing real competition and enable the bigger clubs to control their own digital services in a way that neither erodes Sky’s exclusivity nor upsets the smaller clubs.

Uefa’s change in format and centralisation of all national team rights from 2018-19 onward has helped European football’s governing body increase the value of its rights in the UK by about 84 per cent.

Pan-European pay-television broadcast group Sky has fired the latest shot in its battle with Discovery Communications, the parent company of international sports broadcaster Eurosport, by criticising its approach to negotiations over a carriage deal, adding that the US company is seeking close to £1bn (€1.16bn/$1.25bn) for an agreement.

Digital sports media content provider Whistle Sports has closed its latest round of Series C funding, led by investment firm Beringea.

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky has acquired rights for the 2017 Women’s Six Nations rugby union tournament.

Mike Kiernan reviews UK viewing highlights between Monday 21st November and Sunday 4th December. Please note that data for BT Sport 1 is currently not available between Monday 28th November and Sunday 4th December.

Mike Kiernan reviews television audiences across the big five markets for the recently concluded Formula One World Championship

Pan-European pay-television broadcaster Sky, a major broadcaster of sports coverage, has confirmed a takeover approach from US media company 21st Century Fox.