Dee Forbes


RTÉ to axe in-house kids programming

RTÉ will no longer make any in-house children’s television programming, as part of a huge cost-savings exercise. All shows for the RTÉjr and RTÉ2 channels will be produced by independent companies from the end of 2017, the Irish pubcaster has confirmed. RTÉ will no longer directly employ any children’s programming-making staff, but the move will […]

Discovery hands digital chief control of Nordics

Discovery Networks International has upped Michael Lang, its UK-based corporate development and digital chief and the former CEO of movie studio Miramax, to president, international development, digital and Discovery Nordics. Lang, who will report to Discovery Networks International president and CEO J.B. Perrette in his new role, will be responsible for leading the overall business […]

Dee Forbes’ RTÉ teams with Arte

Irish pubcaster RTÉ and French cultural broadcaster Arte have inked a deal that will see them coproduce Irish-themed content for the international market. RTÉ and Arte will both put in at least €250,000 (US$277,500) each, for a minimum two years, to fund the new programming. The content will span Irish art, history, natural history and […]

RTÉ deputy chief exiting for Ofcom

The deputy director general of Irish pubcaster RTÉ, Kevin Bakhurst, is set to exit and join UK media regulator Ofcom. Bakhurst will become content group director at Ofcom, overseeing content and media policy at the watchdog. Bakhurst joined RTÉ is 2012 from the BBC, initially to become managing director of news and current affairs. He […]

Dee Forbes leaving Discovery to run RTÉ

Discovery Communication’s Northern Europe chief, Dee Forbes, is leaving the company to become the first female director general of Irish pubcaster RTÉ. Forbes was president and managing director of Discovery Networks Northern Europe, having previously been president and MD of Discovery Networks Western Europe at Discovery. Prior to joining Discovery in 2009, she was a […]

Discovery rebrands SBS operation in Sweden

Discovery is to drop the SBS brand from its Nordic unit SBS Discovery and rebrand it as Discovery Networks Sweden. The change will be implemented in full by the summer, with a new logo and corporate identity to be adopted. Discovery Networks International acquired SBS Nordic from ProSiebenSat.1 in 2013 and integrated it in its […]

Discovery acquires rugby rights

Discovery Networks has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to RBS Six Nations Rugby in Italy. Discovery Italy has signed a four-year deal to acquire exclusive sports rights across TV, online and mobile platforms in Italy for the tournament for the 2014-17 seasons. The matches will be broadcast free-to-air and live on Discovery’s DMAX channel, which […]

Discovery buys Italian broadcaster Switchover

Discovery has continued on its recent acquisition spree, buying Italian kids and general entertainment broadcaster Switchover Media. Discovery will acquire all of the Italian firm, which operates four free-to-air and pay TV channels in Italy. The US company said that, combined with its existing assets in the Italian market, the Switchover deal will make it […]