NORTHSOUND Radio has asked the Office of Fair Trading to intervene in

a bid to be able to broadcast live reports of football matches involving

Aberdeen, whom they sponsor to the tune of #100,000 a year.

The Aberdeen-based station was able to broadcast Dons matches until

the beginning of this season -- when an exclusive commercial radio deal

worth #155,000 a year was struck between Scot FM and the Scottish

Football League.

The BBC has a separate non-commercial radio contract also covering all


Scot FM does not broadcast in the Aberdeen area and Northsound

managing director Mr John Martin claimed yesterday it was a breach of

natural justice for a station to have exclusive rights within an area

where it did not have the legal right to broadcast.

He said that Northsound had offered #50,000 over three years for the

right to broadcast Aberdeen games, but the Scottish League had said they

could not negotiate a deal without the sanction of Scot FM.

Northsound has been backed by Aberdeen FC chairman Mr Ian Donald, who

said: ''We would have loved to be in a position to agree to all of

Aberdeen's games being broadcast in the north-east.''

Their arguments were rejected by Mr Ken McRobb, of Scot FM, who said

his station had moved in when Radio Clyde, negotiating on behalf of

Scottish Radio Holdings (Clyde, Forth, Tay and Northsound) had pulled

out of negotiations with the league without agreeing a deal.

Scot FM had paid a handsome premium over and above the straightforward

contract price to ensure exclusivity for the two-year deal, with a

two-year option.

''Northsound, through their parent company, had an opportunity to

strike a deal, but blew their opportunity,'' said Mr McRobb.

Mr Bill Wilson, commercial director of the SFA and the Scottish

Football League, said last night that it had not been a bidding

situation and that the league management committee, which includes

Aberdeen chairman Mr Donald, had accepted the bid from Scot FM because

it was the only one on the table.

He said that Radio Clyde, which negotiates on behalf of Northsound,

had indicated it did not want match commentary and the league was not

interested in a non-commentary contract. On that basis a contract was

going to be agreed with only the BBC and no commercial station when

''out of the blue'' Scot FM contacted Mr Wilson and asked if they could

buy the contract exclusively.

''It was only when they had bought the contract that Clyde then said:

'We can't have the contract but we don't want anyone else to have it.'''

He added: ''If Northsound have a problem it is with Radio Clyde, not

with Scot FM or the Scottish Football League.''