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Major channels sign up to Freeview streaming service

A new UK pay-TV streaming service for Freeview viewers, VuTV, has signed deals A+E Networks, Viacom, and Turner Broadcasting ahead of its launch this autumn. The agreements will make channels like Comedy Central, Bio, MTV, CNN, History, Crime & Investigation, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito available to VuTV users via web-connected Freeview HD boxes. […]

Turner says global restructure won’t impact Lat-Am

The wholesale management changes and job losses seen at Turner’s operations in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions will not spread to its business in Latin America. Following international president (pictured) Gerhard Zeiler’s restructure of the international business and several senior management changes, including the departure of Steve Marcopoto, announced yesterday, there has been speculation […]

Al Jazeera poaches ABC exec for top US role

Al Jazeera America, the Qatar-owned news broadcaster’s forthcoming US channel, has hired former ABC News executive Kate O’Brian to be its president. O’Brian, the senior VP at ABC News, has overseen the broadcaster’s newsgathering operations since 2007. She will have full responsibility for Al Jazeera America’s strategy and editorial operations, reporting to Al Jazeera executive […]

Turner reorganises CNN International’s commercial division

Turner has rejigged the commercial and ad-sales operation at news operation CNN International. Amid wide-ranging job cuts across Turner in the EMEA region, CNNI’s commercial activities will be coordinated through a single division, run by Rani Raad. Raad will be executive VP and chief commercial officer at CNNI. In that role he will be responsible […]

New Belgian pay TV service launches with raft of intn’l channels

Dutch telco KPN has launched a new pay TVservice in Belgium, Snow. The service will combine TV, internet and telephony in a bundled offering, competing with existing providers Telenet and Belgacom. The Snow service will be marketed separately from KPN Belgium’s existing mobile telecom offering in the country, Base. The service offers 33 channels including […]

Turner slashing its European workforce

Turner Broadcasting System announced this morning that it will reduce the headcount across its EMEA operations by 30%. TBS employs about 900 people across the region and about 250 positions will go following today’s news. The swingeing cuts follow a review of operations by Gerhard Zeiler, who became president of TBS International last year. He […]

CNN inks deal with News7

CNN has inked a deal with soon-to-launch news channel News7. The Bulgarian free-to-air channel will take breaking news coverage and other content from CNN International. It’s the first affiliate deal of its kind for the Turner-owned channel in Eastern Europe. News7 will roll out in the first half of next year using the terrestrial and […]

CNN buys Lance Armstrong exposé

As the scandal surrounding Lance Armstrong’s alleged doping continues to unfold, CNN has bought The World According to Lance, a one-off documentary about the disgraced cyclist. Turner-backed current affairs channel CNN will air the film on its US channel in primetime on Saturday, 27th October. The doc is produced by Australian public broadcast ABC for […]

Turner’s EMEA staff at risk of redundancy as Gerhard Zeiler’s restructuring gets underway

Turner Broadcasting’s international boss Gerhard Zeiler has appointed a five-strong management team that will conduct a wide-ranging review of its business. All of Turner’s UK staff are involved in a consultation and Turner said it expects redundancies and other adjustments to its operations. The organisational review affects all of EMEA, although the consultation process is […]

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