Tele Liban says talks with Qatar over World Cup rights stalled
Talal Makdessi, chairman of Lebanon’s state-run television station, Tele Liban, has said talks with Qatar to grant the station the right to broadcast the 2014 World Cup have stalled, The Daily Star has reported. The talks followed the verbal promise made by Qatar to Lebanese officials and diplomats earlier this year that Tele Liban would be able to air the World Cup free of charge, said Makdessi. Qatar’s BeIN has the distribution rights to the 2014 World Cup. Currently, cable television provider Sama is the only one with the rights to air the World Cup in Lebanon.