News brief: Hackers target Ukraine Today

Hackers have taken down the website of the Ukraine Today news channel. The channel said yesterday that its site had come under a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) targeting its host servers in Ukraine. The result, Ukraine Today said, was that its site unavailable in several international territories. The news channel noted it and […]

Netflix-style CEE service, 1+1 take Hostages

A new Netflix-style SVOD service in central and eastern Europe and Ukrainian broadcaster 1+1 are the latest buyers of Israeli drama Hostages. SVOD service Pickbox.tv acquired the Armoza Formats-sold 10x60mins show earlier this summer and is offering it to customers in territories such as including Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Herzegovina and Montenegro. 1+1 will […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 calls on channels to bypass Russian content

Alexander Tkachenko, the general director of Ukrainian free-to-air broadcaster 1+1, has called for TV stations in the country to focus on producing their own content rather than Russian imports. Tkachenko made the call at an industry round-table event and comes as tensions continue between Russia and Ukraine. The 1+1 boss said that it was important […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 clamping down on Russian series

Ukrainian free-to-air broadcast group 1+1 Media has issued new guidelines on Russian-originated programming as the tensions and crisis between the two states continue. A 1+1 Media spokesman confirmed to TBI that changes were being made regarding Russian programming and noted that they will cover all of the channels the group operates. It runs seven channels […]

Separatists ‘demand Ukrainian channels go dark’

Leading Ukrainian cable operator Volia has reported pro-Russian separatists entered its premises and demanded that it suspend broadcasts of Ukrainian national channels 1+1 and Kanal 5. The separatists are calling for Volia to resume transmissions of previously banned Russian channels, it is claimed. The incident is said to have taken place at Volia’s regional office […]

Keshet hires former DCD exec as COO

The UK division of Keshet has recruited Sammy Nourmand as its chief operating officer. Nourmand, who was CEO of UK producer and distributior DCD Media until late 2012, will be COO of Keshet UK, the Israeli media company’s London-based division. Nourmand will report to Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet International, and take responsibility for Keshet […]

Ukrainian channels forced off cable in Crimea

Crimean cable operators have switched off Ukrainian channels following armed intervention by pro-Russian separatist forces in the region, according to Ukrainian national channel 1+1. According to the channel, citing what it said was a reliable source, cable operators in Crimea have been forced to disable the broadcasting of Ukrainian channels. The move follows the shutting […]

1+1 claims Ukrainian special forces tried to shut it down

Ukrainian free-to-air broadcaster 1+1 says that the country’s special forces planned to close it down as part of a wider crackdown on protest and dissent amid the ongoing unrest in the country. The commercial broadcaster said in a statement that it was targeted by the authorities in a planned special operation which would have been […]

BBC’s Musketeers swashbuckles into new territories

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired BBC drama swashbuckler Musketeers. The show launched this year on BBC One in the UK and is distributed by the pubcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. It has shopped the ten-part series to German public broadcaster ARD and its Norwegian equivalent NRK. Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 has also bought […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 launches Turkish cooking format

Ukrainian free-to-air broadcaster 1+1 has acquired the Turkish cooking format Rivals in Law and will launch a local version called Between Two Fires. The Global Agency-distributed format pitches mothers and daughters in law against each other in a culinary competition. The female participants buy all the food for a signature dish and the son/husband blind […]