Broadcasters


European parliament committee approves controversial copyright reform

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee this week approved controversial plans for copyright reform that have attracted substantial criticism from media industry groups. MEPs on the committee voted for the controversial article 13 provision that will require internet platforms such as Google and Facebook to prevent users from uploading copyrighted material, and for article 11, […]

Eleven Sports to launch service in Myanmar

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports is to launch a service in Myanmar next year after securing exclusive rights to the national football league, making the south-east Asian country its 11th market to date. The new service will be branded My Sports will deliver all 132 matches from the Myanmar National League (MNL) on a new linear […]

Cheddar to launch Warren Buffet series for kids

US cable financial news network Cheddar and Genius Brands International are set to launch Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, a kids’ series that will be made available across Cheddar’s OTT partners. The 26 half-hour episodes will be made available across Cheddar’s partners Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, Philo and fuboTV. It will continue the series throughout […]

Freeview to receive £125m investment to go ‘fully hybrid’

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million (€142 million) over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”. The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and […]

Nordic Entertainment Group launches new corporate branding

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has launched new corporate branding that is designed to reflect its ambitions to provide “the best and broadest entertainment experiences in the Nordic region and beyond.” The move comes ahead of NENT Group’s previously announced split from MTG, with each to operate as a separate organisation from 1 July. “The […]

Ligue 1 chief ‘not worried’ by Mediapro’s Italian woes

Didier Quillot, the director-general of the French professional football league, has said he is “not worried” by Mediapro’s loss of Serie A football rights in Italy and has said that the respective situations in Italy and France are “not comparable”. Speaking to on the edges of the league’s general assembly last Friday. Quillot said that […]

EBU concerned about Montenegrin pubcaster chief dismissal

Public broadcasters’ organisation the EBU has expressed strong concern about the dismissal of Andrijana Bulatovic Kadija, the director-general of Montenegrin public broadcaster RTCG at the end of last week. The EBU had already raised concerns about changes to the broadcaster’s supervisory council last year, when the country’s parliament initiated procedures against some members of the […]

Public and commercial broadcasters divided over revised audiovisual directive

Public and commercial broadcasters are divided over the merits of the final political agreement on the EU’s revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, with public broadcaster organization the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) welcoming the result of the final review and commercial broadcaster group the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) slamming it as “a missed […]

Viacom launches Paramount Network in the UK

Viacom International Media Networks is to launch Paramount Network in the UK in July as a new destination for scripted drama, comedy and movie content. The channel, which will launch on July 4, will be scheduled and programmed by the Channel 5 editorial team under the direction of Ben Frow, director of programmes at Viacom-owned […]

Turner digital ventures unit take stake in kids edutainment outfit

Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) group has made an equity investment in Bright Little Labs (BLL), a UK startup that creates and distributes edutainment content for kids. The funding will be used to fuel BLL international expansion in terms of creative development and distribution. The investment will enhance BLL’s current offering by leveraging […]

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