John Petter

BT TV boss departs after three years

The managing director of BT Sport and BT TV, Delia Bushell, has announced plans to step down following a three-year stint at the UK telecoms operator. Bushell will stay at BT until the start of June to oversee a handover of responsibilities and is due to announce her future plans “in the coming weeks”. “This […]

Sweeping price increases at BT’s pay TV

BT is due to start charging its customers to access BT Sport for the first time, as part of wide-ranging set of price increases by the UK telco. From August 1, BT TV customers will have to pay £3.50 (US$4.35) per month to access BT Sport. Previously all BT TV customers – who have to […]

BT to stream Champions League final on YouTube

UK pay TV provider BT will stream the finals of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League on video platform YouTube. A deal with the Google-owned aggregator will see the Freeview BT Sport Showcase channel streamed and made available to non-paying viewers. The Champions League final, which is European club football’s biggest game, sees two […]

BT fires salvo in battle with Sky

Ofcom should amend the scope of its Digital Communications Review to include pay TV, so it can address high prices and a lack of competition in the UK market, according to the CEO of BT’s consumer division, John Petter. In a speech to the Broadcasting Press Guild yesterday,Petter said there were market failings in the […]

Premier League auction hits record £5.1bn

Sky has retained the bulk of live Premier League football for upcoming seasons, but upped its spend as the latest UK TV rights auction hit a record £5.14 billion (US$7.89 billion). There had been talk of Discovery Communications weighing in on the bids for its Eurosport channel, but the outcome sees 21st Century Fox-backed satellite […]

CEO of UK telco BT’s TV service exiting

Marc Watson, the CEO of BT’s television business, is leaving the company. The telco said he is exiting “to explore new opportunities outside the company”. It added that the search is underway for his replacement with internal and external considered. BT TV, formerly known as BT Vision, has invested aggressively in sports rights and for […]