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BBC seeks clearance for double-header NFL coverage

NFL coverage on the Island is not being limited by the Bermuda Broadcasting Company (BBC), according to BBC CEO Rick Richardson.

Both ZBM and Bermuda CableVision received complaints on Sunday after an advertised game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots was not aired.

However, Mr Richardson said that as an East Coast affiliate of CBS they were only ever scheduled to broadcast a later game.

“The network fed us one match and that was the match we showed,” Mr Richardson said. “Our check of the other East Coast station WCBS was proof of this as they only had one game. There are times when there are double headers and we clear those in advance.

“To ensure there is no confusion, we are seeking clearance to carry the double headers. There is a bit more to it however, as CBS has various feeds on various transponders for different affiliates.”

He added that there would be a programming meeting to discuss the issue this week.

CableVision previously said they had not blocked or received any request to block the games, noting that further football coverage is available through their NFL Sunday Ticket and RedZone packages.

Rick Richardson

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Published October 10, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 10, 2013 at 1:35 am)

BBC seeks clearance for double-header NFL coverage

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