Peter Hutton

BBC’s Ralph Rivera takes Eurosport digital role

Discovery Communications has appointed the director of BBC Digital, Ralph Rivera, to the newly created position of managing director, Eurosport Digital. Rivera is due to take up the London-based role on September 26 and will be tasked with leading the expansion of Eurosport’s digital businesses – which includes sports news site and subscription-based, over-the-top […]

Eurosport moves for premium football rights

Eurosport has made a significant move for premium football rights, securing a tranche of games from the top German Bundesliga championship. The Discovery-owned sport channel secured the local rights as part of a multi-billion auction for the German football rights, spanning 2017-2021, which saw pay TV heavyweight Sky secure the largest package of games. The overall […]

Eurosport offers online NBA bundle

Eurosport has struck a deal to offer bundled online access to Eurosport content and live NBA basketball matches. In the coming weeks, viewers in a number of European countries will be able to buy the combined offering of Eurosport Player and NBA League Pass at a discounted rate, giving them mobile, tablet and computer access […]

Discovery assembles its Olympics squad

Discovery Communications has made a series of appointments to support its delivery of coverage of the Olympic Games via its Eurosport unit. Discovery secured TV and multiplatform rights to the games in Europe for the 2018-24 period in June. Former Eurosport CEO Jean-Thierry Augustin will head up commercialisation of the Olympics as president, sports development […]

‘Supercharged’ Eurosport gets full makoever

Eurosport has undergone a wholesale rebrand, marking the biggest change to its look and feel since the mid-1990s. Antonio Ruiz has joined the sports channel operator at the start of the year as VP, marketing & franchise management, from its parent group Discovery, and has told TBI the new-look Eurosport will connect better with fans […]

Discovery targets 3bn subs

Discovery Communications boss David Zaslav (below left) has pledged the channel operator will hit three billion subscribers by the end of the year. The Discovery president and CEO was speaking at the company’s first-ever investor day, and told the assembled analysts and shareholders that the company will deliver solid earnings growth in its US domestic […]

Eurosport races to Portuguese F1 deal

Discovery Communications-owned Eurosport has snagged rights to Formula One racing in Portugal. The two-year deal gives the sport channel operator exclusive rights to the Formula One World Championship for three seasons, starting 2016. The deal with Formula One Management gives Eurosport all of the races from the championship. Formula 1 will sit alongside MotoGP, Le […]

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 […]

Reorganisation at Discovery’s Eurosport

Discovery-owned Eurosport has made a series of exec changes including a new global content chief and new country manager for France. Julien Bergeaud (right) becomes senior VP and country manager for France, taking overall charge of both the Eurosport and Discovery businesses in the territory. He will oversee channel management, sports rights (for France and […]