30th October 2019
AFC and MNC sign media rights deal for AFC’s major national team and club competitions in Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has extended its partnership with the Indonesian broadcast powerhouse MNC for the period 2021 to 2024. The deal includes all the major AFC national team and club competitions, such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Final Round, the AFC Champions League, the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 and the AFC U23 Championships Finals 2022 and 2024.
MNC will provide extensive coverage of all Indonesian national team and club matches via their multiple channels and digital platforms. In addition, all neutral matches played as part of AFC’s key competitions will be aired live across MNC’s network.
As well as Indonesia, MNC will broadcast in the territories of Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea.
This partnership marks an important milestone for the AFC and its exclusive commercial partner, DDMC Fortis, as it reaffirms the Confederation’s established relationship with Indonesia’s flagship media conglomerate MNC and ensures national team and club football continues to be broadcast to the country’s millions of enthusiastic football fans.
Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said: “Indonesia is home to some of Asia’s most dedicated football fans and this partnership underlines not only the passion that exists in that country for Asian football but also the confidence that the broadcasters have in the AFC’s competitions.
“We are delighted to have extended our very successful relationship with MNC and look forward to sharing some historic moments with their millions of football-loving viewers as the game in Asia moves into a new era.”
Hary Tanoesoedibjo, Group Chairman at the MNC Group, said about the deal: "We are delighted to announce that we have secured the most prestigious football competitions in Asia from 2021-2024. Football is the most popular sport in the country, and we are proud to establish this venture to bring fans a wide range of sports entertainment.
“The addition of various AFC competitions will further strengthen MNC's position as a ‘must see’ FTA network for any football fan. Millions of people in Indonesia will have the opportunity to enjoy and support Indonesian national team football as well as club football on an international scale.”
Patrick Murphy, Board Member and CEO at DDMC Fortis, said: “We are delighted to renew AFC’s long-term partnership with MNC, which will provide fans extensive free-to-air coverage of Indonesian national team and club football. MNC is an excellent partner to further develop the AFC national team and club competitions throughout the cycle.”