Commercial Broadcasters Association

COBA claims EPG changes may derail kids content investment

UK multichannel broadcasters’ association COBA has issued a warning that changes to regulations governing the prominence of channels on electronic programme guides (EPGs) could threaten its members’ willingness to invest in kids programming. COBA said that multichannel broadcasters invested an average of £15.6 million (US$22 million) per year over the last three years in new […]

UK seeks broadcast deal but will exit EU’s Digital Single Market

The UK should look for options that will allow for continued ‘transfrontier broadcasting’ following Brexit, but will not remain part of the EU’s Digital Single Market, according to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. In her speech on Friday on the UK’s future economic partnership with the European Union, May addressed the ‘country of origin’ principle […]

COBA: Brexit ‘threatens UK’s int’l position’

The UK leaving the European Union without a trade deal would “jeopardise” the territory’s position as “Europe’s leading international broadcasting hub”, according an influential trade body. “International broadcasters based here would, reluctantly, be forced to restructure their European operations,” said Adam Minns, executive director of the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA), in an interview with the […]

Commercial b’casters call for BBC charter changes

The trade body that represents the UK’s commercial broadcasters has called for governance of the BBC to be handled by a new external and independent body. The Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) said that the Trust that currently oversees the activities of UK pubcaster the BBC, should be scrapped in its current form and replaced by […]

C4 boss slams US studios’ UK takeovers

Channel 4’s CEO David Abraham has slammed the growing number of US studios owning UK production companies, claiming the term “super indie” has lost its meaning as a result. In his MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last night, Abraham took aim at the Murdoch family and cable TV giant John Malone, all […]

UK multichannel broadcaster revenues hit £5bn

The UK’s multichannel broadcast sector has grown its revenues to £5 billion (US$8.2 billion) a year, overtaking the BBC and commercial public service broadcasters, according to the Commercial Broadcasters Association. According to a new report by media consultancy the Communications Chambers, on behalf of COBA, the UK multichannel sector now broadcasts 127 non-UK channels to […]