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European content rules to be finalised by year’s end

European content quota rules for digital streaming services are expected to be finalised by the end of 2019. The European Commission is currently holding talks with local authorities to finalise the details around its proposed quotas, which are expected to sit around 30% for on-demand players such as Netflix and Amazon, according to Variety. To […]

Disney in talks to sell A+E stake to Hearst

Disney is in talks to sell off part of its stake in A+E Networks to Hearst, its joint venture partner for the network group. The Mouse is looking to sell off its interest in five European cable channels that are part of A+E Networks to the publishing and entertainment company, according to Variety. The news […]

Disney nabs European Commission approval for Fox deal with conditions

Disney has secured European Commission approval for its acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business on condition that it sells off its interest in factual channels controlled by A+E Networks. A+E Networks – a joint venture between Disney and Hearst – operates History, H2,Crime & Investigation, Blaze and Lifetime. The EC’s investigation into the merger found that […]

Fox London office raided by European Commission investigators

European Commission investigators raided the UK offices of Fox Networks Group yesterday as part of an antitrust probe. The EC said to The Daily Telegraph which first broke the news, that it is investigating media companies across the EU over a suspected cartel in sports rights distribution and broadcasting. The Telegraph has reported that investigators […]

Analysis – the next steps for the Digital Single Market reforms

Ingrid Silver from media law firm Reed Smith cast legal eye over why the European Parliament isn’t supporting Digital Single Market proposals and change the core programme distribution. Since May 2015, the European Commission has been driving forward its Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy. The initiative comprises a number of proposed measures intended to promote […]

European Commission sets animation growth plan

The European Commission has set an animation growth plan for the economic region that looks to support talent and gain global reach. The European Animation Plan has three objectives for the next five years: to foster the global reach and appeal of EU animation; to make Europe an inviting place to work for European talent […]

Europe ushers through Fox’s Sky takeover

21st Century Fox’s takeover of pay TV giant Sky is one step closer after the European Commission gave the £11.7 billion (US$14.5 billion) deal the go-ahead. The approval is unconditional under EU Merger Regulation, with the EC saying the move posed “no competition concerns”. Criticism for the deal, which would see Fox buy the 61% […]

UK politicians call for Ofcom Murdoch enquiry

A group of UK cross-party politicians has called for Ofcom to launch a review into 21stCentury Fox CEO James Murdoch’s suitability to hold a UK broadcasting licence. The move comes in the wake of Fox’s proposed £11.7 billion (US$14.6 billion) bid for the 61% of international pay TV group Sky that it does not already […]

EU moves ahead with controversial content plan

The European Parliament, the European Commission and member states have reached an agreement on implementing controversial new rules to enable content portability, allowing EU citizens to view services they subscribe to no matter where they are in the Union. The deal is the first covering the modernisation of EU copyright rules proposed in the EU’s […]

Broadcasters slam new EC copyright plan

A body  that represents European commercial broadcasters and international media groups has reacted unfavourably to new rules on copyright unveiled by the European Commission that could see an extension of the country of origin principle and weaken the ability of rights-holders to trade on a territory-specific basis. The EC proposals, unveiled to coincide with EC president […]

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