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February 25, 2021

RCS&RDS to remain in consortium with Antena 1

RCS&RDS will remain in consortium with Antena 1 in order to broadcast League I games, Alexandru Oprea, the president of RCS&RDS, stated on Tuesday during the National Audiovisual Council (CNA) meeting in which the cable company obtained the audiovisual license for its own sports television – Digi Sport.

The CNA has analyzed on Tuesday a request filed by S.C. RCS&RDS SA Bucharest for an audiovisual satellite license for the Digi Sport television. A RCS&RDS delegation led by Alexandru Oprea, the company’s president, took part in the CNA meeting. According to Alexandru Oprea, Digi Sport will be a sports television to broadcast on two or more channels – Digi Sport 2, 3 and 4. The programs will be broadcast on various channels for brief periods of time (1-2 hours) in order to cover sports events that are simultaneously broadcast live.

‘They look like the mirror image of GSP. They look like sister networks,’ Rasvan Popescu, the president of CNA, stated.

Nevertheless, Alexandru Oprea stated that Digi Sport will not be ‘a replica’ of GSP TV. ‘We are trying to have a slightly different approach. What we want is to focus on events from Romanian and international competitions and less on talk shows. It will be difficult to rely only on live competitions immediately after the launch of the program. We rely on the Spanish and German football championships. We are engaged in talks in order to buy the broadcasting rights for sport competitions that would be aired during the week; we are trying to buy rights for other sports too. We plan to come up with a slightly different approach; there will be news programs in the morning, at noon and in the evening, but we will try to focus on a series of Romanian sports (…) that were neglected, such as gymnastics, athletics, free style combat, canoeing, handball, volleyball,’ Alexandru Oprea, the president of RCS&RDS, stated.

He added that RCS&RDS has already bought the right to broadcast the Spanish football championship for a period of three years but also the right to broadcast the German football championship for a period of one year. Football will represent a share of 50 per cent of Digi Sport’s programs. ‘We are engaged in talks with other agencies for other competitions,’ Alexandru Oprea added. ‘Most of our station’s programs will be based on the rights to broadcast competitions – the Spanish and German championships and possibly some games from the Romanian championship,’ Oprea underlined.

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