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US ESPN TV network stops Africa broadcast

ESPNSPNAmerican sports television network, ESPN, has stopped transmitting its programmes to Africa.

In a statement, the TV network said “there was not a single specific factor in the decision” but a broader strategic review “and refocusing of our business.”

“We went through a review of the full Europe, Middle East and Africa regional business and made the decision that it was right for our EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) business at this time to focus on growing with our digital, syndication and X Games initiatives,” the statement noted.

The American network closed down broadcast services to the region at the end of July, thereby cutting off access to a wide range of sports shows to the region.

In Africa, ESPN was available to DSTV subscribers through ESPN and ESPN Classic television channel and showed sports such as the American National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA) games, Baseball, Motorsport as well as various tennis and golf tournaments.

The station said it had chosen to focus on extreme sports, besides offering digital services.

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