BWF replaces FMA with new broadcast partners in Indonesia

The Badminton World Federation has agreed media rights deals in Indonesia with free-to-air broadcaster TVRI and IPTV platform UseeTV, replacing a collapsed agreement with the Futbal Momentum Asia agency.

FMA had acquired rights for BWF events in Indonesia under a deal running from 2018 to 2021. It is understood that the BWF took the rights back from FMA earlier this year after the agency missed rights fee payments. It is the second major rights-holder holder to do so in recent months, after a deal between Uefa and FMA for Champions League and Europa League rights was cancelled in similar circumstances.

The BWF’s new deals with TVRI and UseeTV, brokered by the federation’s global commercial rights partner the Infront agency, began in time for last month’s BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

The collapse of the BWF and Uefa deals have raised question marks over FMA’s future. The company has been operating since 2014, distributing sports media rights to Indonesian broadcasters and operating four of its own sports pay-television channels, branded Total Sports Blast (TSB).

In recent days, the company’s website at www.fma.id has been suspended, and all content has been removed from its YouTube channel, which had 475,ooo subscribers.