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Thu 12 Dec 2019 02:56 PM

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Discovery hits back at OSN, blames axed channels on unpaid bills

Discovery removed its channels from OSN on Wednesday morning, ending a 12-year partnership

Discovery hits back at OSN, blames axed channels on unpaid bills
OSN had previously claimed 'unrealistic' price expectations were behind the breakdown in negotiations with Discovery.

The war of words between OSN and Discovery continued on Thursday with the latter accusing the Dubai-based entertainment provider of unpaid bills.

In a statement, Discovery said this was the reason why its channels were suddenly removed from OSN’s platforms this week and not, as the pay television outfit previously claimed, because of “unrealistic” price expectations from the channel provider.

The statement said: “We have kept the terms of the OSN negotiations confidential but feel that in light of OSN’s public comments, we have to set the record straight.

“The issue is not unrealistic payment expectations, but rather non-payment for the provision of our channels and content during 2019.

“This is the reason we were regrettably forced to terminate our agreement with OSN and take our channels off air.”

Discovery Channel, TLC, Discovery Science and Investigation Discovery were all removed from the entertainment provider’s platform on Wednesday morning, signalling an end to a 12-year partnership between Discovery and OSN.

However, the latest statement from Discovery suggested further negotiations could take place in a bid to resolve the situation.

It added: “As ever, the priority remains with Discovery's fans.  We are working tirelessly towards a solution which will see our much loved content back on screens across the region, and hope the parties can reach a swift resolution for the benefit of our customers.”

Earlier this year OSN ditched its entire sports coverage in the region as well as its hugely popular South Asian Pehla channel.

OSN owners, the Kuwait Projects Company (Holding), in November announced a 12 percent increase in its net profit for the first nine months of 2019, standing at $75 million, from $67.1m for the same period last year.

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