beIN Sports acquires 53% stake in Digiturk

Qatar-based operator, beIN Media Group’s Chairman and CEO, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has reportedly acquired a 53% stake in Turkish satellite pay-TV operator, Digiturk, for USD 820 million, according to reports.

The acquisition would make Al Jazeera a prominent player in Turkey, which is the top TV market in South-Eastern Europe, and boost its soccer offering ahead of the 2022 World Cup finals, scheduled to take place in Qatar.

Digiturk holds exclusive rights through 2017 to broadcast Turkey’s top football competition, Super League soccer championship.