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German public TV stations lose Olympics coverage

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    German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF will have no rights to cover upcoming Olympic Games until 2024 after discussions with Eurosport failed.
    Eurosport, which is part of US media group Discovery, was awarded the rights to broadcast the next four Olympic Games, both summer and winter, from 2018 until 2024. The pay-TV station confirmed to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that it had ceased sub-licensing talks with German public stations ARD and ZDF after several months of negotiations.

    A spokesperson for Discovery told FAZ that Eurosport '"needed clarity" and that ARD and ZDF had shown only “restrained interest” in reaching an agreement.

    Eurosport confirmed it would provide Olympics reporting on free-to-air station Eurosport 1. In addition, coverage would be provided on pay-TV channel Eurosport 2 and on Eurosport’s digital platforms.
     

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