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    CNN shuts down Baghdad bureau
    Rebecca Hawkes | 03-06-2013
    CNN has become the final US television news network to shut down its bureau in Baghdad, following the closure by Fox News of its base in the Iraqi capital earlier this year.
    The move by CNN to close the bureau it first opened in 1990 comes a year and a half after President Obama withdrew the last US troops from Iraq.
    "While CNN is departing its current brick-and-mortar location in Baghdad, the network continues to maintain an editorial presence in Iraq through a dedicated team of CNN stringers and correspondent assignments as news warrants," a CNN spokesperson told TV Newser.
    Other international broadcasters, including Al Jazeera and the BBC, still retain their Baghdad offices while the US networks ABC News and NBC News now only have one producer based in the capital city.
    The news comes as the United Nations reported the deaths of over 1,000 people in Iraq in May, making it the highest monthly death toll in the troubled Middle Eastern country since the wide sectarian violence of 2006-7.

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    Mediaset lands Roland Garros broadcasting rights
    Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 03-06-2013

    Mediaset has reached a last minute agreement to broadcast the final stages of the Roland Garros tennis tournament.
    The Grand Slam tournament was thus far only broadcast by Canal+, and the matches were, for the first time in Spain, not available free-to-air. However, now Mediaset has got the rights for the final matches of the competition which finishes in a week.
    The company's DTT sports channel Energy will broadcast the most important match of each day. If a Spanish player gets into the semi-finals, Cuatro will be responsible for broadcasting the last match.
    Roland Garros usually receives a high number of viewers as it is a very popular tournament with tennis fans. Also, more than one Spanish player always makes it to the final stages of the championship and this encourages high viewer numbers in Spain.
    Mediaset is clearly committed to sports, which is the only programming that is really successful for the group, especially for Cuatro. The company already has the broadcasting rights for, among other things, MotoGP, the FIFA Confederations Cup, the matches of Spain's national football team and Eurobasket.


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      Spain's Marca TV to continue broadcasting
      Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 03-06-2013
      The Spanish channel Marca TV may continue to broadcast beyond 30 June – the day Mediapro and Unidad Editorial were due to shut it down.
      According to Periodista Digital, the employees have received a communication from the board of directors saying that the channel will keep broadcasting, although more details were not given.
      This is not the first time that Marca TV has been near to closure. Last year it was also on the verge of closing but Unidad Editorial decided to give it one more season, as no suitable buyer had been found. The latest changes to Spanish law and the possibility of selling the signal to a QVC shopping channel made the channels closure likely this year.
      The future of the channel is still not clear. Even though the owners have decided it is profitable enough to keep, the Spanish Government has been forced to close at least nine channels following a recent ruling of the Supreme Court, and this number could rise to 17.
      Supporting a TV channel is a huge commitment for a company like Unidad Editorial, which clearly intends to keep the newspapers Marca and El Mundo going in what is a difficult time for them. This is why Marca TV has already sold the broadcasting rights of La Liga Adelante to RTVE and those of La Liga BBVA to Mediaset.