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Nielsen to measure YouTube mobile app ads in UK, France and Germany

Ratings agency Nielsen has launched advertising measurement on YouTube’s mobile app via its digital ad ratings service in the UK, France and Germany. The launch of ad measurement on the mobile app adds to Nielsen’s current offering, which encompasses measurement of YouTube ads on desktop and desktop computers and mobile web browsers. Nielsen says the […]

Berenberg analysts: two views on Amazon Premier League bid

Amazon is likely to win at least one package of English Premier League rights in the auction that opens on February 8, according to media analysts at Berenberg. Berenberg’s telecom analyst team, by contrast, believe that Amazon is unlikely to make a strong bid and that Sky and BT will remain the rights-holders but will […]

BritBox squares up to rivals with Bletchley Circle original drama

Best-of-British SVOD service BritBox has commissioned its first original drama, a spin-off of ITV drama The Bletchley Circle. The US service has pooled together with UK broadcaster ITV, which is one of its investors, on The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. This marks BritBox out as the latest SVOD player to get in on the original […]

Sony hires Turner’s Hornsey and Viacom’s Muller to run UK channels

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has named Turner executive Steve Hornsey as vice-president of its UK Entertainment portfolio and Viacom-owned Channel 5 kids chief Sarah Muller as VP of SPTN’s UK kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee the entertainment channel portfolio which consists of seven channels, including film services Sony Movies Channel and Movies4Men. Muller […]

Christmas cheer for record-breaking BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s on-demand service in the UK, BBC iPlayer, enjoyed a record week over Christmas, as box-set viewing rocketed. iPlayer recorded 69.2 million requests for its programming in the week between Monday, December 25 and Sunday, December 31, according to new stats from the British pubcaster. Furthermore, some 25.6 million hours were watched over the […]

Amazon exploring Premier League options

Amazon has been actively exploring a possible acquisition of UK rights to the English Premier League in the run-up to next month’s auction, according to a report in UK newspaper The Telegraph. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Amazon has been talking to industry figures about how it could incorporate premium football in its […]

UKTV CEO claims originals strategy success

The CEO of British multichannel broadcaster UKTV, Darren Childs, has claimed investment in original programming is driving big gains in both on-demand and linear viewing. The BBC Worldwide- and Scripps Networks Interactive-owned company noted that eight out of its top ten performing shows in 2017 were originals. Childs singled out entertainment format Taskmaster, which plays on free […]

Channel 5 leads Viacom upsurge in UK

Viacom has highlighted the strength of the performance of its UK channels last year, led by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5, which delivered the largest audience growth among the country’s public service broadcasters, according to the media group. Channel 5’s audience grew by 5% to deliver a 6.51% share of all TV viewing, the service’s best […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (€67 million) production and distribution boost, which has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other free TV networks, […]

UK government rejects BT’s £600 broadband offer in favour of regulation

The UK government has rejected BT’s offer to voluntarily invest up to £600 million to deliver 10Mbps broadband to 99% of the UK by 2020, instead opting for a regulatory Universal Service Obligation (USO). The government said that after careful consideration it had decided that regulation is “the best way of making sure everyone in […]

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