ZDF secures payout for soccer blackout

UEFA coughs up a reported $600,000 plus

COLOGNE, Germany -- German public broadcaster ZDF has received a reported 500,000 euros ($631,000) in compensation from UEFA, the European Soccer Assn., for a technical malfunction that occurred during the broadcast of the Euro 2008 semifinal match between Germany and Turkey.

Turkish television and the European Broadcasting Union also received compensation for the blackout, which was caused by torrential rains in Vienna, where UEFA had its broadcasting headquarters.

ZDF managed to tap a direct signal from Swiss television and so only suffered a six-minute blackout. Most international broadcasters were less fortunate and were unable to carry the second half of the match.

In total, UEFA paid out more than $1 million in compensation, according to media reports, though the association and broadcasters have declined to discuss details of the agreement.