Sky-Discovery battle extends to Germany

Sky and Discovery are locked in carriage talks over the latter’s channels in Germany, with its local nets going dark early next week unless the pair can reach a last-minute deal. The situation is running in tandem to that in the UK, where a war of words broke out between the channels giant and pay TV […]

New president takes charge at NHK

Ryoichi Ueda has stepped into the president role at NHK, taking over from Katsuto Momii who has completed his three-year term running the Japanese pubcaster. Ueda was previously on NHK’s board of governors and audit committee. Prior to assuming these roles he was at Japanese multinational Mitsubishi, where he worked in the US and Japan. […]

Discovery hires Euro Olympics chief

Discovery Communications has recruited Bernard Ross to join Eurosport and run its Olympics coverage across Europe. Ross joins from European football’s governing body, UEFA, where he oversaw delivery of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament. As COO and general manager, Olympic Games, at Eurosport, he will head up production, logistics and organisational aspects of the planning […]

German pubcasters miss Discovery Olympics deal

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have failed to secure a deal with Discovery to air coverage of the Olympic Games from 2018-2024. Discovery will make coverage of the games available free-to-view on its Eurosport channel. The broadcaster said that its Eurosport 1 channel in Germany would offer the country “every moment of national importance” on […]

Discovery sub-licenses Olympics to ORF

Discovery has inked a deal with ORF that sees the Austrian pubcaster sub-license Olympics TV rights from the US channels giant. Discovery snagged European rights to the Olympics between 2018-2024 in a US$1.45 billion deal last year. It has since been striking deals with free-to-air channels, including the BBC in the UK, for the rights. […]

Ronaldo to score for Globo at MIPTV

Globo is bring Brazilian superstar footballer Ronaldo to MIPTV. The Brazilian media giant is bringing the star, whose full name is Ronaldo Nazário, to Cannes to talk about its coverage of the upcoming Summer Olympics and Paralympics, which are being held in Rio. Ronaldo, widely considered one of the best strikers ever and three-time FIFA World Player […]

Bradley Wiggins – A Year In Yellow

Bradley Wiggins is a household name, but when the filmmakers behind Bradley Wiggins – A Year In Yellow started out on the project the cyclist was considerably less famous, despite being a multiple Olympic medal winner on the track and finishing fourth (since upgraded to third) in the Tour de France. A year later and […]

ITV Studios on track for £100m profit in 2012

ITV Studios, the content arm of UK commercial broadcaster ITV, will report a profit of over £100 million this year and grow further in 2013, ITV chief executive Adam Crozier said this morning. For the nine months to end-September, the programming and distribution arm of ITV reported revenues of £498 million, a 20% increase year-on-year. […]