Bulgarian Sports Totalisator

    • Bozhkov(b)TV swallows BGN 8m after scandalous contract with BST, the oligarch's firms rake in profits

      Bozhkov(b)TV swallows BGN 8m after scandalous contract with BST, the oligarch's firms rake in profits

      Within less than four years, BGN 8m have flown into the cashbox of the allegedly independent station bTV thanks to a scandalous contract with the state-owned company Bulgarian Sports Totalisator (BST) for buying airtime and broadcasting the Sports Toto programme. A journalistic inquiry of Blitz found out that the abovementioned contract was signed in September 2016 but without a tender, as loophole in the law - namely in the Public Procurement Act (PPA) - was used which presents a possibility for contractors not to apply PPA provisions when concluding contracts with the providers of media services.  

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