Adam Thomas

Going (digital) native

Why are television’s biggest groups spending millions of dollars on YouTube talent-focused multichannel networks? Jesse Whittock speaks with key players to build a picture of this emerging ecosystem and identify where the digital dollars are coming from. Research released this summer suggested the top 100 YouTube multichannel networks are worth nearly US$10 billion, with the […]

Primetime TV ‘unmatched by other media’

The reach of primetime television “remains unmatched by other media”, according to an analyst at TBI stablemate research group Ovum. Ed Barton, Ovum’s head of TV practice made the assertion as part of a forecast that suggests TV advertising revenues will grow from the US$174 billion generated last year to US$224 billion in 2020. “The […]

Mattel CEO resigns as profits plunge

The chairman and CEO of Hit Entertainment’s parent company, Mattel, has resigned after weak sales hit the US toy company’s bottom line. Bryan Stockton has stepped down, with independent board lead Christopher Sinclair installed as interim chair and chief executive. Mattel acquired UK-based Thomas the Tank Engine (aka Thomas & Friends) rights owner Hit for […]

African countries to miss analogue switch-off deadline

Major African territories such as South Africa and Nigeria are set to miss a deadline to switch off analogue television signals, according to new research. “Most” sub-Saharan countries in Africa fail to meet the 2015 deadline, according to Ovum, which is part of TBI publisher Informa. However, determination among regulators and governments across the continent […]

Shock decline in pay TV numbers in Western Europe

The total number of pay TV subscribers in Western Europe has fallen for the first time ever. New research from TBI publisher Informa Telecoms & Media reveals that there were 92.6 million pay TV subscribers across the region at end-2012, a year-on-year decline of 380,000. Challenging economic times in the region were largely to blame […]