Radio Televisyen Malaysia have officially confirmed that they have been given exclusive terrestrial broadcasting rights to the 2014 FIFA World Cup
BY FALAH ABDULLAH Follow on Twitter
Malaysian public broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) have officially confirmed that they have been given exclusive terrestrial broadcasting rights to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil from June 12 to July 14.
"Among matches telecast live would be matches involving countries or teams that are favourites among Malaysian fans, especially Brazil, England, Argentina, Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Argentina, South Korea and Japan," RTM Broadcasting Director-general, Datuk Norhyati Mohd Ismail told reporters after the FIFA 2014 World Cup 100 Days countdown by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
She also stated that RTM will air 35 of the 64 World Cup matches. 24 of these matches would be telecast live while 11 would be aired as delayed telecasts, on High Definition (HD).
Ahmad Shabery on the other hand verified that buying these exclusive rights would be done through sponsorship from private companies instead of governmental funds.
He also went on to say that through the broadcasting rights, RTM will be able to fulfil the sporting needs of the general public, especially those who cannot afford to watch the historic footballing event on satellite TV network such as Astro.
RTM played “hosts” to the World Cup since the 1974 until the 2010 held in South Africa where Spain was crowned champions after defeating perennial underachievers, Netherlands.