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Scripps boosted by OTT gains

E.W. Scripps, which owns 33 local TV stations in the US, said that subscribers to over-the-top services in its local broadcast markets grew from zero to nearly 500,000 from last July to March. Announcing the company’s second quarter results, Scripps president and CEO Adam Symson said that in its local media division “any losses we’re seeing […]

TBI Weekly: Comcast joins the M&A race

This week, Comcast kicked off a bidding war by formally offering £22bn for Sky and subsequently making it very difficult for Rupert Murdoch’s Fox to take full ownership of the TV group. The offer, which trumps Fox’s £19bn bid and has been well received by independent board members at Sky, is Comcast’s move to compete […]

Scripps veteran duo gain top spots at Discovery

Scripps execs Allison Page and Courtney White have landed top roles at Discovery’s lifestyles group, as the Discovery/Scripps merger begins to take effect. Page will now serve as president of HGTV and Food Network, while White will serve as executive VP and report to Page. Previously Page acted as general manager of US programming for […]

BBC considers £500m UKTV/Scripps buyout

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is considering a £500 million (US$660m) bid to take full control of UKTV, currently a joint venture with Scripps Networks Interactive. BBCWW is talking with advisers about borrowing millions of pounds from private investors to buy Scripps out from its half, according to the Daily Telegraph. The […]

Scripps expands HGTV to South Korea

Scripps Networks Interactive is further expanding its global home and lifestyle channel HGTV with a new launch in South Korea. HGTV will be immediately available in the region, on TV channel KT olleh, as what’s being billed as the first-ever regional channel dedicated exclusively to the home and lifestyle category in Korea. Over the past […]

Scripps lines up free Food in Italy

Scripps Networks Interactive is launching Food Network as a free-to-air channel in Italy. The channel will launch on May 8 as the first dedicated multi-platform food entertainment channel in the country. To accompany the on-air offering, Food Network will launch a localised website featuring tested recipe collections, tips and food hacks. In addition to a […]

Lifestyle trumps other genres, says Scripps

Lifestyle channel operator Scripps Networks Interactive says the types of shows on its channels drive higher engagement and a better commercial return than reality programming, sport or news. Scripps commissioned a study from Nielsen into the effectiveness of advertising around different genres of programming. It concluded that ads around lifestyle content can generate significantly higher […]

AMC poaches Dickie, rejigs international

Kevin Dickie is joining the international arm of AMC, and two other execs have been given new responsibilities in a rejig at the channel operator. Dickie (left) joins AMC Networks International this month and will take the newly-created role of senior VP, channels group, UK, Middle East and Africa, and Poland. In the UK the […]

Kwesé adds AMC and Scripps nets

New African pay TV platform Kwesé TV has struck deals with AMC Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive to boost its growing content line-up. Econet Media-owned Kwesé TV has struck a deal with AMC to provide a version of the AMC Channel on the platform bringing shows such as Fear the Walking Dead (pictured), Breaking Bad, […]

TVT hires exec from Scripps

Media services and post-production outfit TVT has hired Scripps Networks group financial controller Richard Bains as VP of finance. Bains led the integration of business units in territories including India, Russia and the UK while at Scripps. He previously also worked for a string of media companies including Fremantle Media, Warner Bros Productions, BBC Global […]

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