Backlash over TV big game hunts
Arsenal's billionaire owner orders his online TV channel to remove clips after facing criticism from Gunners fans
11 August, 2017
THE owner of Arsenal football club has ordered his online TV channel to remove clips of big-game hunting following a fierce backlash.
Stan Kroenke, the American billionaire who owns a 67 per cent share in the club, was blasted by fans and Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn after the UK launch of his channel MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) last month. The channel, which costs around £7.70 a month to access, featured footage of lions and elephants being hunted by trophy hunters.
An online petition calling for Arsenal’s sponsors, including Emirates, to publicity condemn and sack Mr Kroenke gained nearly 75,000 signatures in a week.
A statement from the channel’s owners, Outdoor Sportsman Group, read: “While many on both sides have made their voices heard, and this content is only available through paid subscriptions, Stan Kroenke has directed us to remove all content related to those animals in light of public interest.”