Bulgarian cable operator Bulsatcom has lost the rights to broadcast football matches from the country's top soccer league, writes local news agency Novinite. A letter sent by Football Pro Media, the company which owns the rights to the tournament, confirmed that the TV channels TV+ and Film+, broadcast mainly by Bulsatcom, had lost these rights at the end of December. The letter, which notifies the operator that it is losing the exclusive airing rights, cites as grounds failure to adhere to the clauses of the contract. Bulsatcom denies that it is the owner of the TV+ and Film+ channels, which are widely linked to Bulsatcom, as it is illegal in Bulgaria to be both a cable operator and media owner, according to Novinite.
The state-owned Bulgarian National Television, BNT, will keep its rights to a second choice of a game at each round of the championship.
TV7, a local TV company which has recently removed its TV channels from Bulsatcom's network, is said to be the favourite to acquire the rights to broadcast matches from the league. However, Football Pro Media is naming only BNT as a possible future partner. Football Pro Media also said there will be a tender and TV+ would be allowed to bid.
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