TNA WRESTLING’S RESPONSE TO SKY TV’S ACQUISITION OF VIRGIN MEDIA TV CHANNELS

Source: http://www.tnawrestling.com/news/item/2165-tna-responds-to-sky-tv-acquisition

In response to reports of Sky TV’s move to eliminate the Bravo cable network, TNA’s home for “iMPACT!” in the United Kingdom, TNA officials issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“Following the acquisition of Virgin Media TV channels (now rebranded as The Living TV Group) by Sky, there has always been the possibility of fundamental changes to those channels, including Bravo. However, we remain confident in TNA’s position due to the outstanding ratings enjoyed in 2010, and our long term contract with the Living TV Group,” TNA Executive Vice President Andy Barton said.

Ray’s Analysis –

When they say Living TV group, they don’t mean Living TV channel, their referring to the old Virgin Media/Flextech owned channels i.e. Bravo, Living, Virgin1/FTN, Challenge etc. as that’s who the original contract was signed with.Sky as the incumbent MUST honour the contract in place. They re-signed in january with Living Group and i believe it was a multi-year deal. So either Sky must find a new home for the exisiting programming OR buy out the remainder of the contract.

WWE’s eclusivity clause, IF REAL, i would assume would only encompass channels broadcasting WWE, as opposed to all sky channels, if this is the case then SKY3 would be a possible landing spot – and a pretty cushy one, in my opinion, for iMPACT!

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About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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