Betzold exits Axel Springer after securing Bundesliga clips
Stefan Betzold, who played a key role in Axel Springer's recent acquisition of rights to German soccer's Bundesliga, is to leave the publishing giant.
The company said Betzold (pictured) will officially depart at the end of the year "at his own request and in the best of mutual agreement in order to devote himself to new tasks outside the company."
The 45-year-old has spent 11 years at the Axel Springer group, most recently as managing director of News Media National Digital.
It was in that role that he was integral to Axel Springer landing two packages in the Bundesliga domestic rights tender for 2021-22 to 2024-25 last month last month.
Axel Springer was successful with a bid for 'Package M' - the pay highlight clips package - giving the 480,000 subscribers to the BildPlus service access to highlights of all Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga matches immediately after the final whistle.
It also acquired the new 'out-of-home displays' package, which allows the Bild and Welt publications to use 60-second highlight videos on OOH displays.
'Package N', free highlight clips from Monday morning, were picked up by public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF and commercial channel Sport1.