YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki steps down, Neal Mohan takes top job

YouTube’s long-serving CEO Susan Wojcicki has become the latest high-profile media industry figure to leave her role in recent months. Wojcicki, who held the post for nine years, announced the news herself in a farewell blog on the company’s website and outined the succession plan. Those changes will see Neal Mohan become the new head […]

YouTube kids’ originals boss departs in Google lay-offs

Craig Hunter, global head of original content for kids & family for YouTube, is exiting the Google-owned video-sharing platform as mass layoffs impact the tech giant. Revealing his sudden departure on social media over the weekend, Hunter said that he is open for new job opportunities. His exit comes as Google’s parent firm Alphabet seeks […]

YouTube set to move into FAST as testing of ‘hub’ service begins

The booming free ad-supported (FAST) channel market may be about to get a lot more competitive, following news that Google-owned YouTube is testing a new service built around FAST TV channels. The new service would take the form of a hub, similar in concept to existing FAST platforms like Pluto TV or smart TV services […]

Dubai-based Rise Studios hires Google & YouTube alum to drive digital growth

Rise Studios, the Dubai-based firm launched by former OSN execs Emad Morcos and Amel Farag and Warner Bros. Discovery alum Amanda Turnbull last month, has appointed one-time Google and YouTube exec Diana Baddar as MD of digital content and development. Baddar will be responsible for driving the nascent company’s digital content strategy and business, building […]

Disney hires Google veteran to lead streamer Disney+ Hotstar in India

Disney has raided Google for its new head of Indian streaming giant Disney+ Hotstar. Sajith Sivanandan becomes EVP and head of Disney+ Hotstar, reporting into Rebecca Campbell, chairman of Disney’s international content and operations group, and K Madhavan, president of India’s Disney Star. Sivanandan’s remit includes oversight of all Disney+ Hotstar business in India, including […]

Exclusive: YouTube-owner Google looks to create diverse scripted ‘pathway’

YouTube owner Google is looking to bring more diverse voices into the scripted side of the industry by providing a route to market for under-represented creatives. Elle Roth-Brunet, head of content & entertainment partnerships at the internet giant, told TBI here at SeriesFest in Denver that it wants to provide a “pathway” for under-represented directors […]

YouTube TV launches 4K viewing & offline downloads

YouTube TV, the cord-cutting OTT service from Google’s video platform of the same name, has introduced 4K viewing and offline downloads. The oft-requested features are a part of YouTube TV’s new 4K Plus add-on, which will cost users an additional $19.99 per month. YouTube is running a promotion for early adopters who will get the […]

Roku hits out at Google as YouTube TV dispute hots up

Roku has warned users that YouTube TV could disappear from their devices as its legal battle with Google gatherers pace. The streaming device maker published a statement on Monday in which Roku accuses Google of attempting to control the platform’s user experience. A spokesperson for Roku said: “Google is attempting to use its YouTube monopoly […]

YouTube reveals ‘$30bn payments to creatives’ in last three years

YouTube has paid more than $30bn to creators, media companies and artists over the past three years, according to its CEO. Susan Wojcicki revealed the figure in a letter to creatives, in which she pointed to a recent report from Oxford Economics that found that the Google-owned AVOD operator had added “approximately $16bn to the […]

Google plans $4.5bn investment in digital arm of India’s Reliance

Google is to invest $4.5bn in Indian media giant Reliance Industries, including acquiring a stake in its digital platforms. The YouTube owner will be buying a 7.7% interest in Reliance’s Jio Platforms, the company’s digital unit which contains music and movie apps, as well as its telecoms business Jio Infocomm. The latter is the largest […]

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