Earlier this week there’s was a serious backlash from Arsenal fans after the launch of MyOutdoor TV in the UK – a streaming channel owned by a KSE subsidiary.
Many fans felt footage of trophy hunting reflected poorly on Arsenal, and Stan Kroenke has – seemingly to the barely hidden chagrin of Outdoor Sportsman Group CEO Jim Liberatore, instructed them to remove such content from the channel.
In a statement released this morning, Liberatore said:
While many on both sides of this issue 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 the public interest.
Notwithstanding the decision, it is imperative that all stakeholders understand three facts.
First, Outdoor Sportsman Group properties operate independently from unrelated companies that our parent owns – as do all of the parent’s other business and sports interests. Arsenal Football Club has nothing to do with any of our media outlets. It has nothing to do with our content or the decisions we make. We deserve no credit when an Arsenal striker scores a goal. Arsenal deserves no criticism when we offer a program with which some disagree.
Second, we have made our content decisions independently of our parent company. Our parent had no input into these past decisions, and they have none now. All those who value the freedom of media outlets to set their own editorial courses should both recognise and respect this. We are grateful our parent gives us this freedom.
Even so, in this one instance, Mr Kroenke directed us to make the changes explained above. He has a decades-long track record of environmental stewardship. We also take conservation seriously, and dedicate programming to this issue and anti-poaching efforts specifically.
Third, hunting and fishing enthusiasts turn to our programming because we serve their interests. They turn to our programming because we depict legal, fair-chase practices. We recognise our content is now for everyone, and we respect those alternative view points.
So, there you go.