Agreement signed between PBS and MFA – two Premier Championship matches will be directly transmitted weekly
As from this evening the national station is to transmit directly the two most important matches of every match day from the MFA Premier Championship. This follows today’s signing by Public Broadcasting Services Limited and the Malta Football Association that covers three seasons, from 2021 to 2024. PBS Executive Chairman Dr Mark Sammut said the transmissions will be of a highly quality level as use will be made of more cameras of high technical quality.
The match between Champions Ħamrun Spartans and their eternal rivals, Valletta, will be the first match to be transmitted.
The agreement covers the next three seasons and includes the exclusive right of PBS to transmit two matches instead of just one as happened in the past. The two matches screened on every match day will be part of the time allocated in a special manner when the new TVMnews+ gets underway, with a programme before the start of the match to be transmitted.
PBS Executive Chairman Dr Mark Sammut said PBS will be screening these matches with better technologically equipped cameras.
He said PBS has acquired the rights for the next here seasons and this season’s prime importance is that of improving the quality by using more cameras to give better definition and resolution as well as editing and transmission to the satisfaction of televiewers.
MFA President expressed his satisfaction that after a few weeks of negotiations both entities will be working together to better promote local football. Rather than to the Association, this will be better for clubs and the public that follows BOV Premier League matches. He expressed the hope that the Premier League will be a competitive one for those who attend as well and those unable to physically attend will be able to follow during the weekend.
The Minister at the Office of the Prime Minister, Carmelo Abela, said that football is the most followed sport and therefore PBS will transmit many matches, particularly during these times of restrictions and limits of spectator attendance in grounds.
He said the agreement offering these services is good but not only for football. As a station and with the introduction of TVMnews+ everybody will have the opportunity to follow their favourite sport.
Over and above the Premier League, the national station has also obtained the exclusive right to transmit matches involving Maltese clubs in European competitions, matches that attract thousands of followers and sport lovers to television screens.
In the coming months PBS will continue negotiating with various entities to obtain more exclusive rights to be able to transmit local and foreign sports events.