11 Jun 2010

No football World Cup for North Korean TV viewers

11:53 am on 11 June 2010

South Korea won't provide North Korea with television coverage of the football World Cup, as tensions over the sinking of one of Seoul's warships continue to simmer.

The impoverished communist state, which has qualified for the event for first time in 44 years, wanted the South to provide free footage as it did for the 2006 tournament in Germany.

SBS TV, which bought exclusive broadcasting rights for the Korean peninsula from FIFA, had demanded a fee from the North, but talks have made little progress.

South Korea concluded last month that a North Korean submarine fired a torpedo that sank a 1,200-tonne warship with the loss of 46 lives.

Pyongyang accuses Washington and Seoul of faking evidence of its involvement as a pretext for aggression.