beIN Media Group stop broadcasting in Egypt over dispute with CNE

Ahram Online , Tuesday 8 Jan 2019

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Qatari beIN Media Group announced on Tuesday that it will no longer broadcast its channels in Egypt over a dispute with the Cable Network Egypt (CNE) company.

beIN Media Group said on Twitter that it will discontinue its services with CNE starting 8 January because of a failure to sign a deal, without disclosing further details.

"Our audience in Egypt can continue enjoying our services through their smart phones," the statement added.

CNE said in a statement later in the day that it was working to resolve the problem "soon", without disclosing further details.

"If the problem is not solved, the customers will get back their money," the statement added. 

beIN Media Group owns beIN Sports TV Channels, which have the broadcasting rights in the MENA region of all the CAF competitions including the African Cup of Nations, in addition to the UEFA champions league and some major European leagues.

The decision by beIN Group comes just a few hours after Egypt was granted the hosting rights of the 2019 African Cup of Nations after winning a majority of votes in Tuesday's meeting of the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Egypt obtained 16 out of 18 votes, with only one vote going to sole rival South Africa, while the remaining voting country abstained.

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