Liberian National TV wins free-to-air World Cup rights
Rebecca Hawkes
| 02 June 2014
State-run Liberia National Television has acquired the public broadcasting rights to show all the action from the Brazil World Cup on free-to-air television and in public spaces.

Any local cinemas or video clubs, or private or commercial television stations who want to rebroadcast World Cup matches will first have to gain approval from the state-owned network operator, Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).

"This right provides for the broadcast of the tournament by LNTV to free-to-air television, public spaces, such as open stadium and parks, and public viewing centres such as cinemas and video clubs", said Ledgerhood Rennie acting director-general, LBS.

"The management re-emphasises that it will be a violation of the Anti-Piracy Laws, the International Copyright Laws and a violation of the Intellectual Property Rights of FIFA and its partners for any of the named institutions in Liberia to broadcast these World Cup games without the permission of LBS," he added.

Rennie said LBS will take legal action against any Liberian video club, cinema operator or television station that violates their rights.

Sub-Saharan subscription network SuperSport has already acquired the private broadcasting rights for the tournament in Liberia and much of the African continent via the DStv pay-TV platform.