UK broadcaster Setanta enters administration
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
With effect from today, the company is to cease accepting payments from television customers who had subscribed to its broadcasting services, and 200 employees in the United Kingdom are to be made redundant. Administrators will attempt to find a buyer for the Irish and international arms of the company.
The administrators at Deloitte are Neville Kahn, Lee Manning, and Nick Edwards. The specific companies in administration are Setanta Sport Ltd and Setanta Transmissions (UK) Ltd. Setanta Ireland is not under administration.
Setanta's UK sports channels, Setanta Sports 1 & 2, have ceased transmission in the UK, but are continuing transmission in Ireland. Other UK channels that have gone off-air include Setanta Golf and Setanta Sports News.
Racing UK, which was bundled by satellite and cable television operators with Setanta channels, is not owned by Setanta and will continue transmission. Customers who subscribed to the channel via Setanta will be offered the option of subscribing to the channel directly.
64 of the people facing redundancy work for ITN, which had contracted with Setanta to produce Setanta Sports News.
The rights that Setanta had to broadcast football matches to subscribers are to revert to their rights holders. The rights to broadcast 46 Premier League football matches for the next football season, and 23 matches for the three following seasons, have already reverted, and were sold to United States broadcaster ESPN for £260 million yesterday.
- Judith Tydd. "Deloitte confirms Setanta administration" — , June 23, 2009
- Dan Sabbagh. "Setanta's British arm goes under" — , June 23, 2009
- Tom Freke. "Broadcaster Setanta in administration-Deloitte" — , June 23, 2009
- James Welsh. "Setanta goes off air in Great Britain" — , June 23, 2009
- Press Release: "Racing UK to go stand-alone" — Racing UK, June 23, 2009
- Kate McMahon. "ITN puts 64 Setanta News staff into consultation" — , 23 June, 2009