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Susan Elkington leaves Chellomedia

Susan Elkington has left Chellomedia after more than a decade at the company, TBI can reveal. Elkington was executive VP, content development, acquisitions and programming, film and general entertainment at Chellomedia, which is the content division of Liberty Global. In a career at Chello that stretches back to 2001, she spearheaded the roll out of […]

John Malone concedes Kabel Deutschland chase over

Liberty Global owner John Malone has admitted his company has lost the race to buy German cableco Kabel Deutschland to Vodafone. In June, Vodafone agreed a deal to buy the cable provider for €7.7 billion (US$10 billion) and Malone told Bloomberg that the telco had beaten it to a German deal. “Unfortunately the Vodafone guys […]

Scripps linked to Chellomedia bid

Scripps Networks Interactive is reportedly among the interested suitors looking at Liberty Global’s for-sale content business, Chellomedia. Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries said – while attending an Allen & Co-organised gathering of media moguls in Sun Valley, Idaho, last week –that Chellomedia had already attracted at least eight prospective strategic buyers and eight financial bidders, […]

Virgin Media launches new-look games service

UK cable platform Virgin Media has launched a new games service that allows its subscribers to play games on the TV. The MSO, which was acquired by Liberty Global earlier this year, has teamed up with TV technology firm Two Way Media to roll out Play Games. The portal allows the 1.5 million Virgin subs […]

Virgin Media’s digital entertainment head steps down

Virgin Media’s executive director of digital entertainment, Cindy Rose, is stepping down from the company following its recent buyout by Liberty Global. Rose, who joined the company in 2009, is thought to be mulling over opportunities in the wider Liberty Global organisation, though has decided to take time off to spend with her family. “Cindy’s […]

Liberty Global moves for Germany’s KDG

Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has confirmed that it has received a counter-offer from Liberty Global following Vodafone’s bid to acquire the cable operator. KDG said it had received a “preliminary proposal” from Liberty Global, with no certainty at this stage that a transaction would result or what the termwould be. According to the UK Financial Times, […]

Liberty Global names satellite boss

Liberty Global has named Michael Lee as the new managing director of satellite TV arm UPC DTH. Lee replaces Magnus Ternsjö, who was appointed as the new CEO of UPC Ireland earlier this month after the previous holder of that post Dana Strong was named as chief operating officer of Liberty’s latest acquisition Virgin Media, […]

Vodafone confirms Kabel Deutschland takeover plan

Telecoms giant Vodafone has confirmed that it has made a preliminary approach to Kabel Deutschland “regarding a potential offer” for the company. In a statement, UK-based Vodafone said that there “is no certainty that any offer will ultimately be made, nor as to the terms on which any such offer might be made.” However, the […]

Barron out and Dana Strong in at Virgin Media

Liberty Global has appointed the managing director of UPC Ireland, Dana Strong, as the next chief operating officer of Virgin Media. Strong is due to replace current Virgin Media COO Andrew Barron, who is leaving to “pursue new opportunities,” said Liberty. She will take up the post on July 1. Mike Fries, president and CEO […]

News Brief: Neil Berkett swapping Virgin Media for Guardian Media

Neil Berkett, the outgoing boss of Virgin Media, will become chair of publishing group Guardian Media Group when his tenure at the UK cable company ends later this month. Berkett is being replaced by former News Corp. executive Tom Mockridge following Liberty Global’s takeover of UK MSO Virgin Media. Having been a non-exec director of […]