BBC could bid for Premiership rights

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New BBC sports chief Roger Mosey has hinted the corporation may bid for Premiership football rights. As England's Premier League seeks to end the impasse with European competition chiefs over the way its rights packages are sold, Mosey told The Guardian: "Everyone wants there to be a market.

"I don't think anyone would dissent from the view that a diversity of supply is probably good."

Mosey also said that the BBC would bid for cricket rights in an attempt to bring live Test coverage back to free-to-air television when the contract with BSkyB is due to be re-auctioned in 2010.

Meanwhile, former BBC director-general Greg Dyke called on Premier League clubs to consider joining up with private equity money to launch its own Premier League channel across all platforms.

Writing in his weekly column for The Independent, Dyke said: "For this to happen it will mean tying up the rights for at least a decade. The digital world is exploding and the Premier League is ideally placed to exploit it, but first it has to cut that umbilical cord with Sky."

Lovelace Consulting  |  18.10.2005

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