Al Jazeera shows interest in Spanish DTT, La Liga rights

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 05 January 2015

Once again there are rumours of Al Jazeera entering the Spanish TV scene. After being beaten by Telefónica in the Canal+ bid, the Qatar group may be planning to launch a free-to-air (FTA) channel and purchase broadcasting rights to La Liga for 2015.

According to, naming industry sources, Al Jazeera is interested in the upcoming DTT bid for five new licences national FTA signals. The public process, which is expected to take place within the first half of the year, will open up four new HD signals and one SD.

Launching a channel in Spain is being seen by some as the perfect testing ground for a Spanish-language Al Jazeera network targeting Hispanic and Latin audiences worldwide.

Vozpopuli said that Al Jazeera is also getting ready to bid for La Liga broadcasting rights. A new regulation, which is expected to be sanctioned soon, will allow the La Liga organisation to sell the rights of all the teams' matches to a single operator, avoiding individual negotiations club by club. The winning operator will become an intermediary, able to redistribute match rights.

Al Jazeera already has the rights to Ligue 1 in France.