10 Nov 2013

BT trumps Sky to show Champions League matches

4:46 pm on 10 November 2013

Britain's BT telecommunications company has beaten BSkyB to win the right to show Champions League football from 2015, in the biggest blow to Rupert Murdoch's dominant pay-TV operator since it started broadcasting more than 20 years ago.

BT, the 168-year-old former state telecoms monopoly, said it would pay 299 million pounds or $NZ579.8 million a season to add the glamour ties of Barcelona versus Manchester United and Real Madrid versus Bayern Munich to the English Premier League matches it already shows.