Broadcasters


DAZN announces senior reshuffle as it continues realignment

Following July’s promotion of James Rushton to acting CEO, sports streamer DAZN has announced a leadership reshuffle to align with a new focus on non-live, user experience and growing subscribers. The most senior appointment is John Gleasure as executive vice chairman. Gleasure, who was one of the original founders of DAZN, will work alongside Rushton […]

StarTimes picks up French La Liga rights in sub-Saharan Africa

Spanish football league La Liga has sold a package of broadcast rights to digital TV operator StarTimes in sub-Saharan Africa through to 2024. The deal will see the TV and OTT operator carry the French language broadcasts of the league in 47 territories. The operator will air live matches on its linear StarTimes Sport channels […]

Mediaset edges towards Vivendi talks as merger hits roadblock

Mediaset has abandoned its existing plan to merge its Italian and Spanish arms under a Dutch-registered holding company – MediaForEurope – after suffering a legal defeat in its battle with Vivendi in Spain, but has said it is willing to engage with the French media company – albeit while rejecting the latter’s initial approach in […]

ITV seeks cost savings as COVID-19 delivers blow

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is to seek further cost savings after seeing its Q2 and H1 revenues and EBITA plummet under the impact of COVID-19 on advertising and making, but has seen viewing numbers and streaming users increase. Broadcast revenue dropped by 17% in the first six months under the impact of a 43% decline […]

Comcast drops plan for NBC Sky World News service

Comcast has reportedly shelved plans for the international news channel it hoped to rollout this year to rival CNN, blaming the COVID-19 crisis for forcing it to scupper the project. Concrete details of the plan for a channel to be branded As NBC Sky World News – the first co-branded operation between Comcast’s US network […]

Discovery aims for streaming ‘SUV’ against Netflix and Amazon ‘sports cars’

Discovery is close to unveiling details of plans for a US streaming service that CEO David Zaslav likened to “a new SUV” that would set out on the road built by Netflix and Amazon but currently primarily used by those companies’ “great sports cars”. Speaking to analysts after Discovery posted its latest quarterly numbers, Zaslav […]

France 4 wins one-year reprieve, France Ô to close

Public broadcaster France Télévisions’ channel for children and young people, France 4, has been granted a one-year stay of execution by the new French culture minister, Roselyne Bachelot, according to news magazine Le Parisien. However, international channel France Ô will cease broadcasting as scheduled on August 23. The closure of France 4 and France Ô […]

Bundesliga ready to welcome back fans says CEO

In a boost for football broadcasting, the German Bundesliga has said that it is planning for fans to re-enter stadiums across the country’s top two tiers from the start of the new season in September. The Bundesliga was the first top European league to resume playing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic on May […]

ViacomCBS hires BBC director to head UK business and legal affairs

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has hired a BBC director to head up its business and legal affairs. The media giant has announced the appointment of Kathryn Richardson as VP of business and legal affairs for its business in the UK. The exec joins from the BBC where she has served since 2005, with seven years […]

Mercedes launches dedicated channel on Motorsport.tv

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has launched a dedicated channel on OTT platform Motorsport.tv. The company said that the channel will offer behind the scenes footage of its Formula 1 and Formula E teams, along with offering a range of other content. Motorsport.tv has an audience of 56 million users per month, and will partner with […]

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