talkSPORT has reached agreement with radio broadcasters and streaming companies in Ghana, Nigeria, Australia and India to carry talkSPORT’s live English Premier League audio commentary throughout the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 football seasons.
Citi FM in Ghana and Nigeria’s Nigeria Info are long-standing partners of talkSPORT who have each been awarded rights packages for a further three seasons.
Football app Onefootball has been awarded a digital streaming rights package within India covering the next three seasons.
Eon Sports Radio is a new sports radio network which plans to launch nationally in Australia in 2016 with original and licensed sports programming. As well as EPL audio rights, talkSPORT has also agreed to share other programming content with Eon Sports Radio, to include sports talk, interviews and features from talkSPORT’s UK output.
As global audio partner of the Premier League, talkSPORT controls an exclusive package of international audio rights until 2019, allowing the station to broadcast official live commentary of all 380 Barclays Premier League matches in any language to listeners around the world outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Jimmy Buckland, Director of International, talkSPORT, said “Today’s announcement is great news for football fans in Ghana, Nigeria, India and Australia. We’re delighted to be extending our relationships with some long-standing partners whilst welcoming a new partner in Australia. Eon Sports Radio has an ambitious plan to create Australia’s first new national sports radio network and talkSPORT looks forward to playing its part in the network’s upcoming launch.”
talkSPORT’s international tender process for the 2016/17 – 2018/19 seasons is continuing, with further licensing rounds scheduled in various key territories during December.
Scott Taunton, Chief Operating Officer, UTV Media, said: “talkSPORT International has grown rapidly over the last three years, establishing a strong network of international broadcast and streaming partners. As global audio partner of the Premier League until 2019, talkSPORT is uniquely positioned to enable brands, broadcasters and streaming platforms tap into international audiences’ ever growing interest in the world’s most exciting football league.”