Slovenia’s government will soon expand the list of broadcast sports competitions that must be accessible to 75% of the population.
In a statement, United Media says that this is “a sign that the competent authorities want to regulate the field of media legislation, which has remained unregulated for six years” and that welcomes such an initiative and announces that any legislative changes will be respected as always”.
The statement goes on to say that it did everything in their power to make Sportklub’s programs available to all cable operators in Slovenia under the same conditions, but all operators, except Telemach, refused to sign the contract.
Aleksandra Subotic, general director of United Media, emphasised that the company has always tried to ensure that the offer was correct and that all citizens of Slovenia, regardless of which operator they have, could follow the attractive sports content offered by Sportklub: “The operators Telekom Slovenija, A1 and T2 have excluded Sportklub channels from their offerings, despite the fact that we always wanted to continue cooperation with them. They did not accept our offer even when we reduced it by an additional almost 40%. They state that they have enough sports content from other providers in their plans. This surprises us, as there is a lot of interest among Slovenian viewers in following Slovenian sports matches, which, considering its recently announced actions, the government is also aware of”.
United Media, as well as Sportklub, N1 and Telemach, are part of United Group.