UK politicians call for Ofcom Murdoch enquiry

A group of UK cross-party politicians has called for Ofcom to launch a review into 21stCentury Fox CEO James Murdoch’s suitability to hold a UK broadcasting licence. The move comes in the wake of Fox’s proposed £11.7 billion (US$14.6 billion) bid for the 61% of international pay TV group Sky that it does not already […]

Vice’s first non-English channel rolls next week

The French version of Viceland will launch on November 23, marking the first time the hipster brand has launched a non-English-language linear channel. The French channel will reach six million viewers and be carried exclusively as part of the Canal+ Group’s pay TV offerings. The launch was announced at MIPTV, with full details emerging this […]

Virgin Media boss Mockridge to chair RTS

Pay TV veteran Tom Mockridge will chair the Royal Television Society board of trustees, replacing the outgoing John Hardie. The RTS said it is also looking for a new president to replace former Endemol exec Sir Peter Bazalgette, who is stepping down after six years at the helm. Mockridge currently runs Liberty Global’s UK cabler Virgin […]

News brief: Universal Italy buys Best Film Directors

The Universal Channel in Italy has acquired 91x26mins of Hollywood’s Best Film Directors. The series profiles famous film directors including Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire). The series is distributed by Paris-based Prime Entertainment, which has previously shopped it to buyers including AMC, BSkyB, HBO and Netflix. Speaking about the series, David Freydt, managing director of Prime […]

ProSieben shuffle hands MacKenzie Maxdome job

German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 has instigated a high-level restructure of its digital division, handing former Sky and Lovefilm exec Lesley MacKenzie the CEO role at Maxdome. She replaces the former boss of the SVOD service, Andreas Heyden, who is leaving the company. The overall ‘digital and adjacent’ unit at ProSieben will continue to be run by […]

Endemol Shine Group created, senior team named

Endemol, Shine and Core have launched their joint enterprise, which has been initially named ‘Endemol Shine Group’. Content sales will be run by Endemol Worldwide Distribution boss Cathy Payne (left). Nadine Nohr (below right) and Axel Kuehn are the highest-profile casualties amid a wide-ranging restructure. Shine’s Gary Carter and Endemol’s Martha Brass have also bagged […]

BSkyB set to scrap ‘British’ in wake of Sky Europe deal

Pay TV operator BSkyB is set to scrap the ‘British’ and ‘Broadcasting’ from its trading name in the wake of the Sky Europe deal that saw it take control of a combined UK-Italian-German pay TV platform. UK-listed BSkyB is set to approve the move at its Annual General Meeting today, changing its name to Sky […]

BSkyB rebrands as Euro merger completes

BSkyB has completed the takeovers of its European pay TV cousins, and subsequently rebranded its corporate identity. The UK-based satellite TV giant company will now be known simply as Sky after dropping the full title British Sky Broadcasting, and its stock exchange ticker will change to SKY from BSY tomorrow as a result. Sky has […]

Sky slams ITV over retrans calls

BSkyB has slammed UK commercial broadcaster ITV for allegedly failing to provide “concrete details” about how its demand for retransmission feeds from the pay TV operator would work in practice. In a blog posting published ahead of ITV’s quarterly results announcement this week Sky’s group director of corporate affairs, Graham McWilliam, said ITV had “gone […]

Analysts downgrade BSkyB on Sky Europe fears

Credit analysts have downgraded BSkyB after the UK pay TV platform moved a step closer to creating a UK-Italian-German giant, Sky Europe. BSkyB recently received acceptances to take a majority stake in Sky Deutschland, leaving it with 87.5% of the German pay TV platform. With full control of Sky Italia in Italy, BSkyB will then […]

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