Casten Almqvist


Crisis measures planned as #MeToo wave catches TV4

The CEO of Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4, Casten Almqvist (pictured), has announced a new “no exceptions, no tolerance” policy on sexual harassment and discrimination following revelations concerning popular DIY and interior design programme Äntligen Hemma and its host Martin Timell. Timell has been the subject of accusations of sexual harassment, racism and […]

Restructure brings together TV4 and C More

Swedish TV company TV4 Group and parent company Bonnier have the group’s broadcasting activities in a new structure that will “unleash the full potential of Bonnier Broadcasting”, according to CEO Casten Almqvist. Bonnier Broadcasting will now serve as a parent company for TV4, which will be the umbrella unit for free-to-air TV, and sister unit […]

Revenue, profit up Sweden’s TV4

Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 Group has posted respectable sales and profit growth for its full 2015 financial year, with sales rising from SEK4.206 billion (US$499 million) to SEK4.234 billion, and EBITA rising from SEK640 million to SEK662 million. TV4 Group said that the results reflected increased investment in Swedish content and technology […]

Beck-Friis leaving Sweden’s TV4

Cecilia Beck-Friis is leaving Sweden’s TV4 and will not be replaced. Beck-Friis (pictured) is the free-TV group’s digital boss, having been upped in a management restructure in late 2013. Scandi media giant Bonnier, which owns TV4, said Beck-Friis will stay with TV4 for a handover period, and will manage the preparations for Bonnier’s upcoming OTT […]

Sjoberg upped in TV4 management restructure

Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 Group has promoted director of programmes for general TV Åsa Sjöberg (pictured) to director of content for the group, with overall responsibility for programming in all channels and across all platforms. Sjöberg’s appointment, effective from October 1, will kick off a wider reorganisation of TV4’s content department, which […]

Bråkenhielm steps down as Bonnier buys prodco

Anna Bråkenhielm has stepped down from format developer Scandinavian Studios after Nordic-based Bonnier Broadcasting bought her shares in the production house. Following the deal, Scandinavian Studios is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bonnier Growth Media, which is TV4 Group owner Bonnier Broadcasting’s international investment unit. Jessica MacDowell, who has been Scandinavian Studios’ creative director since […]

Sweden’s TV4 reports strong results

Swedish free-to-air commercial and pay TVbroadcaster TV4 Group benefited from a buoyant domestic advertising market last year to post record sales of SEK5.885 billion, up 6% year-on-year, and EBIT of SEK577 million, up 9%. TV4 said that demand for airtime on its channels had outstripped supply for the third year running, outperforming overall Swedish TV […]