April 14, 2009

Calls to take Scottish football away from Sky

by David Allen

The government is considering who should be broadcasting sports events like the World Cup and the Olympics, which are supposed to be available to all viewers no matter what method they use to receive their TV service.

However, there are some sporting events which are only available through satellite providers such as Sky Sports and Setanta, which means that viewers without pay-to-view TV cannot see them.

In Scotland, there are calls from viewers for Scottish International World Cup qualifying matches to be shown on terrestrial TV where anyone can see them.

There is a public consultation going on at the moment about which events should be available on free-to-view TV.
The last time the list was reviewed was in 1988.