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Ross County announce TV channel is closing down

By Will Clark

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Ross County have announced it has closed down RCFC TV after two years of broadcasting.

RCFCTV is off the air.
RCFCTV is off the air.

The Staggies have made the decision to cease the channel due to financial reasons as well as no Covid-19 restrictions being placed on crowds attending matches.

The club released a statement which also attributed to falling figures purchasing pay-per-view matches.

The statement said: "With the return to normality and having supporters back in stadiums, the financial feasibility of keeping RCFCTV running on a commentary only basis is not something we are able to sustain.

"We noticed last season with the return of supporters, that our Pay-Per-View figures were down significantly which again impacts the financial sustainability of the channel.

The factor that further contributes to this is the re-instatement of the Blocked Hours rule which means Saturday afternoon 3.00pm kick off's are not eligible for any form of streaming going forward within the UK and Ireland."

Ross County’s Media & Communications manager, Dale Pryde-MacDonald added: “For two years we have provided a top-level club TV Channel and that is thanks to the hard work of the football club and our partners. Sky Sports giving us the ability to stream during the pandemic was a massive success across Scottish Football and we extend our thanks to them for allowing us the opportunity.”

“It had become clear over the latter stages of 2021/22 that the sustainability going forward was going to be a real challenge with virtual audiences decreasing, stadiums filling up again and the re-introduction of blocked hours.”

“As a club, we would like to extend our thanks to the Ross County supporters who tuned in, the supporters of other Premiership clubs that purchased Pay-Per-View and to all of our partners and talent that made RCFCTV a truly unique and exciting project for everybody involved.”

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