TV rights: La Liga calls for “positive” coverage of its matches

Notice to broadcasters who will win the television rights to the Spanish Championship for the 2022-2023 season: in the guidelines of the call for tenders for the broadcasting of matches unveiled on Wednesday, La Liga, which manages professional football in Spain, claims that "the production is carried out in a positive way, avoiding damage to the image of the competition, the clubs, the players, the coaches and the supporters".

"In case of violation of these principles, La Liga will inform the successful tenderer so that he does not repeat his violation, being able to request the replacement of the commentators and reporters who have violated the aforementioned principles", it is specified. This clause provoked the protest of defenders of media freedom such as Teresa Ribeiro, the representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

“Avoid tabloid topics”

"The new conditions unreasonably limit the freedom of the media and the public's right to informationshe reacted. This is unfortunately becoming a growing practice in the world of football. » For his part, a source within La Liga explained to AFP that these restrictions were aimed at "avoid tabloid topics and questions about players' families" during match broadcasts and post-match interviews.

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