Scottish indie Wark Clements will co-produce 38 Scottish Premier League matches each year for the next four years if its production partner Setanta Sports succeeds in securing exclusive rights to the games next week.
Scottish indie Wark Clements will co-produce 38 Scottish Premier League matches each year for the next four years if its production partner Setanta Sports succeeds in securing exclusive rights to the games next week.

Irish broadcaster Setanta has already been named as the preferred bidder for the games by the SPL's broadcasting committee. The decision is expected to be ratified by the full SPL board when it meets on 26 February.

Setanta is thought to be offering the SPL £50m to broadcast the matches live on Sunday. It was selected by the SPL broadcasting committee ahead of the BBC, which currently holds the rights to live SPL games, which it broadcasts both in Scotland and, in the case of Old Firm derbies, across the network.

Although traditionally a pay-per-view channel, Setanta will provide access to the games via a subscription service. If Setanta is successful, the BBC will battle it out with other broadcasters for the remaining highlights package.

The partnership offers Wark Clements, which specialises in documentaries, drama and children's programming, an opportunity to branch out into a new genre.