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Wednesday 23 January 2013

News International acquires near-live clip rights

Three-year deal for audio‑visual clips of all matches on internet and mobile devices

News International will show near-live clips from next season

The Premier League is pleased to announce that News International has been awarded the UK Near-Live clip rights for all 380 Barclays Premier League matches a season for seasons 2013/14–2015/16.

The UK Near-Live Clips Package comprises rights to make available audio‑visual clips of all 380 Barclays Premier League matches on the internet and on mobile devices. The package includes the rights to broadcast in-game clips for all matches other than 3pm Saturday kick-offs and extended clips of all matches on a Monday morning following a weekend match round.

"We are extremely pleased with this exciting development that sees News International, traditionally a newspaper publishing organisation, move further into the digital media space through the acquisition of our UK Near-Live clip rights," said Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore.

"In a world in which all forms of media are looking at their digital offerings, and given the extensive coverage that News International publications give to the Barclays Premier League, we believe this partnership will see football fans able to consume the best Premier League action in innovative ways."

Mike Darcey, chief executive officer of News International, said: "This is a major breakthrough for the company, allowing us to combine our rich heritage with cutting edge technology to transform the experience we are offering our subscribers. They will now have access to the most compelling moments in the most competitive football league in the world at a time, place and format that suits them.

"In a rapidly changing industry, this is an unprecedented moment and a testament to the pioneering attitude of which we can be proud. Once again we are leading the way with innovative technology, drawing on our journalistic heritage and our unrivalled world-class content."

For an overview of the rights deals struck for the 2013/14 season onwards, click here.

For more information please contact the Premier League Press Office on +44 20 7864 9190 or press@premierleague.com

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Key Points

  • News International awarded UK near-live clip rights to Premier League
  • The deal is for 380 Barclays Premier League matches a season
  • The agreement runs from the 2013/14 season until the 2015/16 season