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Bastings rejoins Discovery

Discovery Communications has brought back Arthur Bastings to head up its operations across Asia Pacific. Bastings joins from Africa-focused telco Millicom. He is rejoining Discovery after an earlier stint at the international channel operator, serving as EMEA boss for six years until 2010. He fills the vacant role running DNI Asia following the departure of former Eurosport exec […]

Discovery wins US$1.45bn Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has awarded all TV and multiplatform broadcasting rights across Europe to Discovery Communications for the 2018-2024 period in a €1.3 billion deal. This marks the first time a single company has been awarded all rights on an exclusive basis. “This is an exciting day for the IOC,” said Thomas Bach, president […]

Discovery ‘driving hard’ on 4K

Discovery says it is ‘driving hard’ on 4K to ensure it is ready when pay TV platform operators start to demand content in the ultra high definition format. CEO and president David Zaslav and international president JB Perrette both affirmed the factual channel specialist’s commitment to the emerging format at a Discovery event in Paris. […]

Discovery buys Setanta Sports Asia

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific is buying Setanta Sports Asia, a premium sports channel specialising in rugby coverage. Commenting on the deal, Discovery Networks International president JB Perrette said that it marked an “important investment for Discovery” as it looks to further expand its business in Asia. “Similar to the strategy we have adopted for Eurosport, we […]

Discovery makes Euro OTT play

Discovery Communications is launching its Dplay OTT service in three new markets in Europe. The streaming service is already in Norway and will now roll out in Denmark, Italy and Sweden. The new launches for DPlay will take place before the end of the year. The service is programmed with Discovery fare and launches over […]

Discovery claims best international quarter

Pay TV giant Discovery Communication’s international division has claimed the second quarter of this year was its biggest-ever in terms of total viewers. Discovery Networks International reported 621 million viewers watched its networks globally in Q2, claiming “record viewing levels and online growth internationally”. DNI, which operates channels in 220 territories, said its total audience […]

Discovery weighs sharing premium sports rights for Eurosport

Discovery boss David Zaslav has told TBI that it is weighing partnering with other media companies to make joint bids for premium sports rights. A deal to take control of the Eurosport channel will close within weeks and there is mounting speculation that deep-pocketed Discovery will refine the pan-European sports broadcaster’s business model and start […]

Discovery signs China deal with WASU

Discovery Communications has signed a content partnership deal with WASU Digital TV Media Group for WASU’s new pay-TV channel Qiu Suo. Under the deal, Discovery will provide factual and lifestyle programming and act as channel and content consultant to WASU for Qiu Suo, which launched in China on March 16. Qiu Suo, which translates as […]

Doug Baker takes on wider Discovery role

Discovery has added the COO position to Doug Baker’s current CFO role at its international business. Baker is now COO and CFO at Discovery Networks International, reporting to recently appointed DNI president JB Perrette and Discovery Communications CFO Andrew Warren. He will continue to handle the financial management of the DNI business as well as […]

Discovery promotes DNI COO Honeycutt

Discovery Communications has promoted Discovery Networks International executive VP and COO John Honeycutt to chief technology officer of the overall group. Honeycutt came close to taking the DNI president role that eventually went to JB Perrette and will now oversee Discovery’s consolidated IT, media technology, production and operations functions globally. A key aspect of the […]