German sports channel DSF not for sale

German sports channel Deutsches SportFernsehen (DSF) has denied speculation over a change in ownership.

"The channel is not for sale", managing director Zeljko Karajica told industry magazine Horizont. According to rumours, former DSF head Oliver Reichert together with investors made a takeover offer to parent company Constantin Medien.

Karajica said that in the process of renaming the channel as Sport1, more live coverage will be transmitted. With the acquisition of new distribution rights, for example of Germany's national basketball and handball leagues, more than 1,100 hours of live sport will form part of the schedule next year, he said, representing an increase of more than 10 per cent in comparison with 2009.

"We will also expand the news offer with a strong focus on soccer and new formats", said Karajica. The existing news broadcasts DSF Aktuell and Bundesliga Aktuell will receive more airtime, while more than 10 new formats will be introduced, including motoring shows, documentaries and sports entertainment shows. From 2010, the erotic call-TV formats currently airing between 23:00 and 24:00 CET will be replaced with soccer, motor sport and entertainment programmes.

"With our programme offensive, we are strengthening our position as a sports channel in order to secure and expands our reach", said Karajica. With the re-naming of the service, envisioned for the first quarter of 2010, the channel will take on the name of the internet sports portal operated by Constantin Medien.