BBC to increase voice experimentation in coming months

The BBC has announced plans to increase its creative experimentation around voice services and interaction on platforms like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant in the coming months. In an interview posted on the BBC’s Technology and Creativity blog, the BBC’s executive editor of voice, Mukul Devichand, said that voice devices are “clearly a way that people […]

Chiara McKee to head new Blue Ant EMEA kids and global networks unit

Blue Ant Media is launching its kids and global networks division in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) via new carriage deals for Love Nature and ZooMoo, with Chiara McKee leading it as regional VP. As part of its EMEA launch, Love Nature’s 4K channel has landed on Ooredoo TV’s UHD linear service in […]

Hedge fund calls for ejection of Vivendi from Telecom Italia board

US activist investor Elliott Management has formally submitted a request to Telecom Italia (TIM) to include a proposal to remove Vivendi-nominated members from the telco’s board when TIM shareholders meet on April 24. Elliott has called for six directors – TIM chairman Arnaud de Puyfontaine, Hervé Philippe, Frédéric Crépin, Giuseppe Recchi, Félicité Herzog and Anna […]

Disney creates new global division ahead of streaming service launch

The Walt Disney Company has restructured to create a worldwide division that will house international operations and its upcoming streaming services. Disney senior executive VP and chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer has been named at the chairman of the new unit, Disney direct-to-consumer and international. The division will house Disney’s upcoming branded SVOD service, its […]

Apple not targeting Netflix or Disney as it shapes up video strategy

Consumer tech giant Apple is not looking to buy Netflix or The Walt Disney Company, according to senior company exec Eddy Cue. Speaking at SXSW in Austin, Texas yesterday, Apple’s senior VP of internet software and services would not be “throwing things up against the wall” to establish its video strategy. Speculation Apple would look […]

French content creators call for technology-neutral movie windows

Copyright societies representing French producers, directors, authors and content creators have called for a reduction in the theatrical release window for movies to three months and an alignment of linear and non-linear pay TV distribution on a technology-neutral basis. The groups, the ARP, SACD, SRF, SPI and UPC, have collectively called for identical windows for […]

TRT World goes live on Get platform in Norway

Turkish English-language news channel, TRT World, has gone live on Get’s cable TV platform in Norway. The network is available on channel number 101 of the electronic programming guide (EPG) and the deal expands the channel’s reach in the Scandinavian region. “TRT World is strengthening its worldwide position as a global news organisation,” said Roch […]

QYou debuts in UK on GoMedia rail passenger infotainment service

Best-of-the-web channel QYou Media is making its debut in the UK as part of rail and coach passenger infotainment provider GoMedia’s offering. QYou Media will deliver 40 episodes of QYOUHits, its flagship show featuring curated short-form video content to customers on c2c and West Midlands Trains services. The shows will feature a selection of short-form […]

BBC appoints Virgin Media exec as first chief customer officer

The BBC has appointed Virgin Media’s chief marketing officer, Kerris Bright, to the new role of chief customer officer. Bright, who is due to take up the role in the summer, will be responsible for developing a “closer, more personal relationship” with BBC viewers and people signing into BBC services. The hire comes as the […]

Altice’s NextRadioTV joins retransmission fee battle

Altice-owned broadcast outfit NextRadioTV is planning to follow in the footsteps of commercial broadcaster TF1 and demand payment from service providers for the carriage of its TV channels, starting with Free. Maxime Lombardini, CEO of Free’s parent Iliad Telecom, said that the company had received a letter “that resembles the one we received from TF1” […]

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