Sports update: Olympics could take place in summer 2021; Premier League reportedly reaches agreement for behind closed doors season wrap-up

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Sports Federations (IFs) are looking to reschedule the Tokyo games to a window between the Wimbledon and US Open tennis grand slams.  According to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri, John Coates, the IOC coordination commission chair for Tokyo 2020 and president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), believes that […]

ViacomCBS counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

The newly merged ViacomCBS has been forced to withdraw its previous 2020 financial guidance in light of the Coronavirus crisis. The company has been hit by production delays, the cancellation of theatrical releases, the downturn in advertising and the impact of the cancellation of sports events to which it held the rights. ViacomCBS said that […]

Many top Premier League clubs want to abandon season claims report

An increasing number of English Premier League clubs are pushing for the season to be ended right now with the results deemed null and void, claims a new report. According to sports journal The Athletic, several senior figures at top clubs feel that it is ‘morally wrong’ to entertain the idea of coming back to […]

Wimbledon organiser schedules emergency coronavirus meeting for next week

Wimbledon organiser, the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss postponing the championship. The organiser had maintained that the tournament – scheduled to take place on June 29-July 12 in the titular south west London locale – would go ahead as planned, but with prime minister Boris […]

Conze out at ProSiebenSat.1

Max Conze is to step down as CEO at German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 immediately, with the media giant set to re-focus its efforts on Red Arrow Studios, entertainment programming and expanding its on demand offerings. Conze joined from Dyson in 2018 to replace Thomas Ebeling but his tenure has been more recently associated with a tumbling share […]

Coronavirus likely to impact quality of BARB audience data

UK audience ratings organisation BARB has admitted that its ability to accurately measure what people are watching could be impacted by the government’s new restrictions on movement and work. BARB CEO Justin Sampson said that the organisation had been forced to cease allface-to-face interviewing and technician visits to panel homes early last week and that its […]

Nordic Entertainment’s Viaplay to launch in Iceland

Nordic free and pay TV outfit Nordic Entertainment (NENT) is to launch its Viaplay streaming service in Iceland on April 1. Viaplay viewers in Iceland will be able to watch Viaplay Originals, films and series, and kids’ content, with live sports to be added in due course. The launch in Iceland means that Viaplay will […]

Africanews launches on MultiChoice’s DStv and GOtv

Following the launch of Euronews on its platforms in November, South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice Group has launched Euronews-owned Africanews on DStv and GOtv, providing their subscribers with access to a pan-African multilingual news channel. Africanews provides content in English and French from an African perspective, including bilingual breakfast show Morning Call. The channel has a team of 50 local […]

EBU calls on public broadcasters to cap streaming bitrates

The EBU has issued a recommendation for public broadcasters to make renewed efforts to avoid internet congestion during the Coronavirus crisis, with a call to temporarily cap streaming bitrates at appropriate levels for different end-user devices, particularly during day-time. The recommendation, which was approved by the EBU’s Technical Committee in conjunction with the members of […]

DFL delays Bundesliga media rights tender, further suspends play

The domestic rights tender for the 2021-22 to 2024-25 Bundesliga seasons has been postponed. The German Football League (DFL) also announced that following “a video conference lasting several hours,” that it will join the English FA in suspending football until at least April 30. The decision to postpone the rights tender is something of an […]

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