Lebanons judiciary has dismissed a lawsuit filed by BeIN Sports against Tele Liban over broadcasting rights, saying the court had no jurisdiction to look into the complaint. The Court of Urgent Matters, under Judge Zalfa Hasan, rejected the case, which BeIN sports filed last month against the state-sponsored Tele Liban over broadcasting World Cup 2014 […]
The Court of Urgent Matters, under Judge Zalfa Hasan, rejected the case, which BeIN sports filed last month against the state-sponsored Tele Liban over broadcasting World Cup 2014 matches unauthorised.
Talal Makdessi, Chairman of Tele Libans board of directors, said the station would continue to defend the rights of the Lebanese.
BeIN Sports had granted exclusive broadcasting rights to the Lebanese firm Sama, which priced the World Cup package at more than $100 per household.
Following public outcry over the expensive package, Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb announced that the state would pay $3m to Sama in order to cover the companys losses and give broadcasting rights to Lebanese TV cable providers.
The deal between the Telecoms Ministry and the company, which excluded Tele Liban, left some Lebanese without access to World Cup games, notably those who are not subscribers to cable. As a result, Makdessi decided to broadcast all the World Cup matches, saying he would risk his job to provide the Lebanese, and specifically the poor, with access to the games.
Makdessi confirmed earlier this week that the channel would broadcast the remaining games regardless of the lawsuit.