Executives of US programmer Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS, owned by Time Warner) Latin America met with representatives of the Government of Argentina to express their interest in participating in the transmission of local soccer, newspaper La Nacion reported.
The sources said that it was a presentation and exploratory conversation and not a commercial meeting because the government still has not prepared the guidelines for the rights sale, which will begin in the second half of 2016. Turner is looking to get the TV rights of the First Division and launch its own sports channel if it fails to purchase the Argentine Free-to-Air channel Telefe (Telefonica).
In November 2015, Turner had meetings with representatives of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in search of the rights of national and regional secondary division leagues, the Argentina Cup and women’s soccer. These were granted to programmer Torneos, whose former CEO, Alejandro Burzaco, was implicated in the Associated Soccer International Federation (FIFA) corruption scandal in May 2015.
Turner International Argentina recently celebrated 10 years since its installation in that country and distributes in 40 countries of the region 50 signals of channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Tooncast, TNT, TNT Series, Space, TCM, I.Sat, Warner Channel, TBS veryfunny, Infinity, HTV, MuchMusic, Glitz* and truTV.