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Fox takeover of football broadcaster approved, may start new channel

Friday 30 November 2012

Fox International, the broadcasting group owned by media magnate Rupert Murdoch, has been given the green light to take over Eredivisie Media & Marketing, the broadcast arm of Dutch premier league football.

This summer Fox agreed a €1bn deal over 12 years, giving it a majority 51% stake in Eredivisie Media. That agreement has now been approved by the competition authority NMa.

NMA board member Henk Don told Nos television the deal is good for the game. ‘The premier division clubs will get an annual €80m, and that is a major investment in Dutch football,’ he said.

New broadcaster

According to the Telegraaf, Fox will also set up a new television channel in the Netherlands which will broadcast sport, films and series.

The new channel may also broadcast the premier league football round-up, now hosted by Nos television on Sunday evening, the paper says. That contract expires in 2014.

‘Combining Fox’s local and international experience with our channel will allow us to … further expand on the success of Eredivisie Live,’ Alex Tielbeke, director of the football channel, told news agency ANP.

Raymond van der Vliet, general director of Fox International Channels, told the Telegraaf the eventual new channel will not be behind a decoder. Under Dutch media law, the football highlights must be broadcast on a channel accessible to 75% of the viewing public, without extra costs.

Murdoch’s Sky television has the rights to English, German and Italian league football.

A good move for football? Share your thoughts using the comment form below.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

why allow this criminal to control the Dutch football is beyond comprehension.
Whatever this criminal does will translate in expensive costs to the consumers. The Fox network in North America is a joke and a front for lunatic right wing morons

By H.Sanou | 30 November 2012 8:00 AM

It may be good for football, and I hope it proves to be so. Just, whatever you do, don't allow Fox to start up a news station. Their (and Murdoch's news channels in general) are so slanted to the right as to be sickening!

By D.VInson | 30 November 2012 8:16 AM

@D.VInson: Netherlands is a country with these thing called freedom of speech, you know? If someone wants to broadcast Fox News here, it just have to go through normal procedures for any media company.

Thankfully, the government isn't there to ban or censor broadcast that someone might not agree with.

By A.L. | 30 November 2012 8:37 AM

This is bad. Fox is a horrible network that twists public opinion according to the wishes of few

By Siddharth | 30 November 2012 8:53 AM

Since this is about football, I can say Fox Sports in the US does a very good job broadcasting all sports. This should be a positive for Dutch Football. I'm not sure about the other comments on here. I always thought the slanted sickening news stations were CNN ansd MSNBC.

By DH | 30 November 2012 9:15 AM

DH - you should get SKY and watch Fox News. Might broaden your horizon.

By bruce | 30 November 2012 9:29 AM

Fox News was previusly broadcast in NL by Casema and they stopped back in 2006 or thereabouts. I don't think it harmed anyone.

Since this is indeed about football, let's see how they do before passing judgement.

I have been thinking about getting Sky. Anyone have it in NL?

By david | 30 November 2012 10:07 AM

FOX does lean a little in its newscast, however it's sports broadcasting in USA and around the world is very good: They treat soccer as well as American football in its broadcast.

By DR . D: CASH | 30 November 2012 3:47 PM

This is good news. Sky revolutionised English football.

The more money in the Dutch game, the better players they can afford and maybe one day win the Champions League again.

By Chris | 30 November 2012 4:30 PM

I think you will find that Sky television has the rights to "SCOTTISH" and "WELSH" and "NORTHERN IRISH" fotball in the UNITED KINGDOM which is not as some people seem to think only "ENGLAND"

By artjoy | 30 November 2012 5:12 PM

Fox for broadcasting sports is no problem. Let's hope it stays to sports and out of news media... we already have enough conservative bias in news reporting.

By Quince | 30 November 2012 5:42 PM

Fox gives the most balanced news here in the US, Their football games are broadcasted better than anybody else

By Dick Vandermey | 30 November 2012 5:48 PM

if this means that we get to see more real voetbal/soccer i'll love it otherwise "who cares" .

By roelie tisserand | 30 November 2012 8:02 PM

This is the Murdoch who destroyed the UK newspaper industry having to close down the Sunday News of the World because of hacking, not the most honourable to do business with.

By Con Kerwin | 30 November 2012 8:07 PM

this is a news corporation that says global warming is a hoax, how is that balanced? If they are only limited to sports its ok , if they expand to news then more dumb people would be added to this earth

By sid | 30 November 2012 8:12 PM

@Dick Vandermey
Thank you for lending a fair and balanced, accurate perspective to an otherwise left-leaning audience. Fox' sports broadcasts are excellent - and their guests are, in fact, 2 left to every 1 right, yet they are accused of being right-wing! Ludicrous, except in NL!

By Drawer 22 | 30 November 2012 8:23 PM

Oh please, Dick. Fox News wasn't allowed in Canada because it wasn't considered "real" news. It's good for a joke.

By CW | 1 December 2012 10:49 AM


By awash | 1 December 2012 12:02 PM

Fox is well known to be run by an Australian man who is facing jail time in the UK. It is also well know to have supported Romney and blatantly lied repeatedly and misconstrued facts. The have successfully brainwashed half of the American public.

By Ames | 1 December 2012 1:59 PM

I am retired and spend a lot of time following news broadcasts from all over the world hours a day. I have found over the years FOX USA is way more objective than any one else such as BBC, CNN, MSNBC and others when they lean left they cannot even get off the ground anymore!

By tobias smit | 1 December 2012 7:54 PM

I would love it if they televised American football too but Fox News and pundits like Bill O'Reilly are an industry joke and completely biased.

By M | 2 December 2012 9:29 AM

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