Rtm To Broadcast 41 World Cup 2022 Matches
Keluarga Malaysia will have the opportunity to watch Qatar World Cup 2022 matches for free as Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) under the Communications and Multimedia Ministry will be an official broadcaster for the globe’s biggest sporting event.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa said RTM will broadcast a total of 41 matches, 27 live matches, including the final, and 14 delayed broadcasts involving 130 hours of airtime overall.
"RTM will broadcast matches involving high-ranking countries that have many fans in Malaysia," he told reporters after launching the ‘Menjelang Sepak Mula Piala Dunia 2022 Qatar’ (Kicking off the upcoming Qatar World Cup 2022) programme in conjunction with the appointment of RTM as an official broadcaster of the event, in Kuala Lumpur today.
The Qatar World Cup will be held from Nov 20 to Dec 18.
According to Annuar, the matches will be broadcast through three channels, namely TV2, TV Okey, Sukan RTM, as well as live streaming via RTM Klik.
The minister said RTM would bear a cost of RM32.5 million to enable Keluarga Malaysia to follow the world-class action for free this time.
"Therefore, I hope that private companies and government-linked companies (GLCs) can also share in covering the cost of broadcasting (the World Cup) together with RTM," he added.
Annuar said that since 2002 RTM has never stopped bidding for broadcasting rights either for live or delayed matches to allow Malaysians to enjoy the tournament once every four years.
Football is not just a sport, he added, but a big industry and has cross-racial and national fans.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar MusaThe World Cup has a large enough worldwide audience to generate high income for the sponsorship and broadcasting industries, he said.
According to a ministry statement, the agreement to purchase broadcast rights was offered by the company Sport Media & Distributors Sdn Bhd with the first broadcast on Nov 20 witnessing the match between Qatar and Ecuador.
At today's programme, RTM also introduced six sports presenters who will be on duty during the live broadcasts, namely Syafiq Asyraf, Rasdi Jumaat, Zackhi Suri, Jeed Zulkefli, Aizuddin Shah and Mohd Nazri Shukri.
In addition to the sports presenters, RTM will also feature 12 guest presenters consisting of former players and national coaches to provide commentary on the matches.
The Qatar World Cup with the slogan "Now is All" will take place in eight official stadiums in Qatar involving 32 countries.
In the 2018 edition of the World Cup in Russia, RTM obtained the broadcasting rights for 41 of the 64 matches with 27 of them broadcast live, involving a total cost of around RM30 million.
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