TV3 shows interest in M-League
KUALA LUMPUR: Private station TV3 could turn out to be the saviour for millions of local football fans.
As talks between M-League rights holder Astro and government-owned RTM1 are seemingly deadlocked, TV3 is beginning to show interest in airing the matches, starting with the first-leg of the Asian zone Olympic qualifier between Malaysia and Pakistan tomorrow.
Currently, Astro Arena brings live coverage of the matches.
“TV3 are very interested but Astro is still negotiating with RTM,” said an insider.
“Even if TV3 do not get to air the Malaysia-Pakistan match, they are interested in the league matches, and even the FA Cup or Malaysia Cup.”
Another source confirmed that Media Prima, who owns TV3, are willing to spend big on Malaysian football after the country emerged victorious at the Asean Cup in December.
Prior to this, RTM1 has been diligently broadcasting the local league matches and a handful of international matches.
Nevertheless, RTM1 has yet to air a single local football match since the 2011 season started last month.
RTM1 had in the past paid RM6 million to the FA of Malaysia to broadcast the matches.
Astro are also asking for RM6 million but it was learnt RTM1 wants it reduced.
This was highlighted in The Malay Mail article headlined ‘No live football matches on RTM1 irks fans’ published on Thursday.
The Information, Communications and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Dr Rothiah Omar had, however, assured local fans they “have not cancelled the airing of local football matches” and hoped “Astro and RTM1 will come to an agreement soon”.