The steeplechase of the bosen

The North Korean television expropriates KirchMedia

North Korea confirms all amptions and shows itself as a real bosewight. Without having acquired the necessary rights from KirchMedia, North Korean television showed excerpts of World Cup soccer matches the day after they were played.

The steep pass of evil

Years before the actual event, the battle for the television rights to the Fubball World Cup was already raging. On the one hand, there was Leo Kirch with his plan to gain customers for his pay TV Premiere by largely monopolizing broadcasting, and on the other hand, there were large parts of Fubball Germany that did not want to simply put up with it. Of course, the actual negotiations between Kirch and FIFA took place in camera.

In the end, Kirch received the worldwide broadcasting rights (with the exception of the USA) of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups for several billion euros. The result can currently be seen – or not seen, despite the populist efforts of political heavyweights such as Gerhard Schroder or Otto Schily. Those who have the misfortune to receive the public broadcasters digitally, even have to do without Fubball-TV altogether, although KirchMedia "built all possible bridges until the end in order to realize the digital satellite broadcasting of the Fubball World Cup". In countries where Kirch does not operate its own pay TV stations, the rights have been sold to appropriate partners.

To secure this monopoly position, KirchMedia commissioned a company called Sports Marketing Surveys to monitor all media channels around the world for any possible infringements. Not only television, but of course also the Internet are on the list, as its potential for piracy is now well known.

"The Internet Infringement Monitoring Programme will monitor websites that have high traffic volumes in the key football-oriented and commercial markets, such as sports sites, broadcaster sites, betting sites, news sites and TV replay. More than 3,000 key websites will be subject to monitoring and have already been subject to automated and manual searches which will continue during and after the event."

Now the first bosewight has already been identified, and it is in fact an old acquaintance: North Korea. Excerpts from several games were broadcast on North Korean television on a time-delayed basis, as reported by the South Korean intelligence service, without the relevant rights having been acquired. Apparently, they had obtained the games from Sud Korea – as a gesture of friendly relations? But now North Korea is threatened with problems, because "the case is now being reviewed by KirchMedia" . It is to be hoped for them that KirchMedia does not have good connections in the White House.

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