(See our earlier posts on this developing story: Setanta Faces Receivership Within Hours and Setanta's Circumstances Worsen and Setanta Looks For Survival Formula. Be sure to read the comments for all posts as they contain additional information. Update: 24-June: statement by AFL added. Update: 25 June: further info from Setanta and the AFL for North American and UK fans added in comments. Update: 9 July: info for Rounds 14 and beyond for UK fans are in the comments and won't be further noted here.)
It was announced today (23 June) that Deloitte has assumed administration of the UK operations of Setanta. Setanta's channel in Great Britain has gone off the air. Setanta UK will be shut down and viewers of the AFL in the UK will lose coverage as a result. For now, Setanta International is not part of the receivership proceedings and the US and Canadian channels will continue to operate. Deloitte has indicated it seek a buyer for Setanta's remaining operations including the US and Canadian channels. It appears that AFL will continue for an indefinite period in North America pending a sale and resolution. Today's events may impact the ability to get a live signal to the US via fiber optic cable as the London operations will be out of the "link". The loss of the UK operations may have other indirect impacts on the operations in Ireland and the US.
AFANA has contacted the AFL regarding the situation and continues to work to maintain US coverage. The AFL told AFANA on 24 June that: "the news in the last 24 hours is quite devastating. ... (we) are currently trying to work out alternative arrangements, whether that be interim or long term." The AFL promised to keep AFANA informed of developments.
Article last changed on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:30 PM EDT