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RTÉ invites other Irish broadcasters to take a portion of Euro 2016 fixtures off its hands

The state broadcaster has invited expressions of interest.

RTÉ have the rights for Euro 2016.
RTÉ have the rights for Euro 2016.
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RTÉ IS CONSIDERING selling a portion of its Euro 2016 rights to another Irish broadcaster and has invited expressions of interest for the sub-licence of a package of matches.

The state broadcaster this year secured the television, radio and online rights for the tournament, which starts on 10 June 2016.

However, it is now exploring the option of sub-licencing some of the 51 tournament fixtures after posting an invitation to tender notice on its website.

“RTÉ is exploring all its options in relation to broadcasting the UEFA EURO 2016 Finals from France,” a spokesperson told The42.

“RTÉ has nothing further to add to what is contained in the invitation to tender notice on RTÉ.ie.”

RTÉ originally secured the rights to broadcast the tournament after reaching an agreement with the European Broadcasting Agreement last June to show the event extensively on free-to-air platforms.

Next year’s tournament will be the biggest ever, with the championship expanding to 24 teams from 16, and an extra 20 games.

“Raidio Teilifis Eireann (“RTÉ) is inviting expressions of interest for sub-licence of a package of matches from the UEFA EURO 2016 Finals (the “Event”) for live audio-visual transmission within the Republic of Ireland,” the post reads.

“Requests to receive the Invitation to Tender document (the “ITT”) should be addressed to Ryle Nugent, Group Head of Sport, RTÉ.”

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The deadline for interested parties to submit their application is 15 January 2016 but any proposed sub-licence will be subject to approval of the EBU and Uefa.

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