Gold explains the events that led to the end of the Setanta deal
The Scottish Premier League is seeking a new television broadcasting deal after Setanta failed to meet a deadline to pay £3m as part of its contract.
Setanta last year agreed to pay £125m over four seasons to extend its deal with the SPL beyond 2010.
But SPL chairman Lex Gold said the Irish firm missed an extended deadline.
"We are now actively engaging in the process of selling our domestic broadcasting rights for next season and beyond," he said.
At the beginning of the month, the SPL paid £3m to 12 member clubs from its own funds to tide them over in lieu of money owed by Setanta.
And the broadcaster lost the rights to televise English Premier League games last week after failing to pay the latest chunk of the £30m it still owed the league.
We are now in the market for selling those broadcasting rights for next season and beyond
SPL chairman Lex Gold
Gold said: "Setanta has been unable to meet our extended deadline for the outstanding £3m payment to the SPL and, in terms of the notice previously issued, our British broadcasting rights for season 2009/10 and beyond revert to us.
"We set three deadlines and we wanted to work with Setanta who have been a great partner of ours.
"They have spent £60m in supporting Scottish football and our board were determined to give them every possible chance to work through the problems that they had."
The SPL chairman added: "That process has been lengthy and intensive but the deadline today was the final deadline so our rights reverted to us as of 3pm today.
"So we are now in the market for selling those broadcasting rights for next season and beyond."
The SPL acted after Setanta failed to meet its payment deadline
Gold said he did not believe that any new deal would mean having to accept a lower fee.
"We have a product that is valuable in the marketplace and we will be seeking to see that value covered," he added.
"The clubs have been kept up to date on a regular basis so they are able to make prudent decisions."
Hearts managing director Campbell Ogilvie said the news was "disappointing" but stressed that the Edinburgh club was in good financial shape for the future.
"We now have an opportunity to create a new and rewarding broadcast partnership for the future of the Scottish Premier League," he said.
"The league is an excellent product and I am confident that there are significant tangible benefits for our future broadcast partners.
"Our wider prudence and an ongoing focus on increasing operational efficiencies and improving revenue streams is ensuring that Hearts is well prepared to weather this particular situation."
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