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CAIRO - 30 May 2019: The United Company for Media Services announced suspending media campaigns of the organizing committee of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament after the crew members of Time Sports channel were "unjustifiably" prevented from filming the 30 June Stadium.
The United Company for Media Services, owner of the Egyptian Media Group, also announced suspending filming the 30 June Stadium (aka Air Defense Stadium) until the organizing committee submits an official explanation of the recent behavior of Ahmed Megahed, a member of the Egyptian Football Association, against the crew of the Egyptian Media Group's newly-launched Time Sports.
"The United Company and Time Sports channel were surprised as the crew of the channel was prevented from filming the Air Defense Stadium although the crew obtained all agreements [required] from the Armed Forces and all parties supervising the tournament," the company said in a statement.
"Nonetheless, Mr. Ahmed Megahed, a member of the [Egyptian] Football Association, who was coincidentally there in the headquarters of the stadium during the filming, took arbitrary procedures against the Time Sports' crew, and prevented the filming crew from continuing its duty that serves the interest of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, and contributes to marketing and promoting the tournament and Egypt in Africa and the world," the statement read.
The action committed by Megahed "was deliberate and violates all the licenses obtained by Time Sports as the channel has [already] filmed five other stadiums: the Cairo International Stadium, the Cairo Military Academy Stadium, the Suez Stadium, Isamilia Stadium and Alexandria Stadium. It (the channel) has also obtained all licenses and permits required to film the Air Defense Stadium," the statement added.
Moreover, Hussein Zein, the head of the state's National Media Authority, which signed a cooperation protocol with the Egyptian Media Group earlier to launch Time Sports, condemned the latest incident, saying that the channel contacted the Egyptian Football Association to affirm that it is tasked with broadcasting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations' matches.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be held in Egypt from June 21 to July 19, 2019.
Fans will be able to watch the games through a coverage service by professional work team from Time Sports that Egypt Media Company picked carefully to only contain the best in their field.
The satellite channel is available through Nilesat satellite receivers on the horizontal frequency 11449. The channel will present all steps for receiving the land channel.
Time Sport will collaborate with several famous and professional sport experts including Ahmed Shober, Saif Zaher, Tamer Sakr, Hassan Shehata, Taha Ismail, Hossni Abd Rabo, Hazem Imam, and others.
Additional reporting by Egypt Today Staff