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TLC to launch in the UK

Discovery Networks is to launch its female-oriented lifestyle channel TLC in the UK and Ireland at the end of April. The channel will be carried by BSkyB and cable operator Virgin Media, as well as BT Vision and TalkTalk’s YouView platform. TLC will also be available in HD on the Sky and Virgin Media platforms […]

TF1 looks at extending Nonce Paolini’s tenure

French broadcaster TF1’s administrative council is today expected to propose changing the company’s statutes to allow CEO Nonce Paolini to continue beyond the previous retirement age limit and continue to lead the company for a further three years from 2014 until 2017, according to French newspaper Le Figaro. The change will have to be approved […]

Discovery’s David Zaslav to give MIPTV keynote

Discovery Communications’ president and CEO David Zaslav will give a keynote address at MIPTV in April. The Discovery boss will speak at the market as part of the MIPTV’s organiser’s Media Mastermind series. He will discuss the global content environment, recent international M&A activity including acquisitions of the SBS Nordic channels and a chunk of […]

International nets drive growth at Discovery

Double-digit growth at Discovery’s international networks helped drive overall revenue and profit growth at the channel operator. Discovery’s full-year revenues increased 8% year-on-year, taking the total to US$4.5 billion. International networks contributed US$1.6 billion of the total, a 13% year-on-year uptick. The company’s US nets generated US$2.7 billion, a 5% increase on the previous year. […]

Latin Media Leaders: Enrique R. Martinez, Discovery Latin America

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ENRIQUE R. MARTINEZ, PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, DISCOVERY NETWORKS LATIN AMERICA/US HISPANIC Enrique Martinez has, in almost two decades at Discovery, stewarded it to become a cornerstone of the pay TV industry in Latin America and it now operates in 44 countries, in three languages, reaching 256 million subscribers. He has been […]

Oprah’s Lance interview delivers high ratings

Oprah Winfrey’s interview of disgraced cyclist was the second most-watched show ever on her cable network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. There were 3.2 million viewers for the first instalment of the interview, Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive , which was scheduled as a two-night event last Thursday and Friday. That compares with 3.5 million for […]

Oprah’s Lance Armstrong interview becomes a two-night event

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will now be a two-night TV event. The interview, was originally slated to be on Oprah’s US cable channel OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network tomorrow (Thursday) night on the Oprah’s Next Chapter show. Expanded coverage will now run over Thursday and Friday nights. Both parts of the interview […]

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 […]

Discovery will televise Oprah’s Lance Armstrong interview

Discovery will simulcast Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming interview with Lance Armstrong on its networks around the world. Oprah’s interview will be the first the disgraced cyclist has given since a damning report from US anti-doping agency USADA late last year. It will be shown on an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, the talkshow star’s series on […]

Netflix bumped from Nasdaq 100 Index

Netflix has been dropped from the list of the top 100 companies on the US Nasdaq exchange and Discovery and Liberty Global have been added. Netflix’s share price has risen and fallen dramatically in recent times following key events including an aborted plan to split its service into separate streaming and delivery offerings  and its […]