Last day with Screensport

For many, Screensport was the very best european sports channel. But in March 1993, this fantastic tv channel had to close down as it was bought by Eurosport.

Last day with Screensport ident following by credits of all which worked there

Sport Rights wasn’t so serious before

This is my first ever TV credit, which came 2 years in to my “career” in multi-channel TV, at the age of 28. Screensport was one of 16 channels available on analogue satellite. We screened the Olympics by stealing the BBC’s feeds from european satellites and rebroadcasting them – all for free! On Day 11, the International Olympic Committee’s lawyers asked us if we would kindly stop doing that. In those days, nobody really understood the phrase “Sports Rights”. After that, it was back to US basketball, and the channel closed in early 1993, having at least been a decent competitor to Sky. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have had many more credits since then!

It’s really interesting to know that they took pictures from BBC and put them into this Olympic Report which I remember watching back in 1992. It’s also really interesting to notice how sports rights have changed and how much money and advertising its involved into these days.

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