Broadcasters


ViacomCBS appoints co-general managers for Africa

Following the departure of Alex Okosi, ViacomCBS has appointed Craig Paterson and Monde Twala as co-general managers of its African business.  Twala, senior vice president and general manager of editorial for VCN Africa, will focus on content, creative, editorial and marketing for VCNI brands. Twala is currently the vice president of ViacomCBS Networks Africa’s BET, […]

WWE returns to FTA with Channel 5 deal

Professional wrestling outfit WWE has signed a deal with ViacomCBS that will see the company’s shows broadcast on free-to-air TV in the UK for the first time in almost 20 years. The news was confirmed by Channel 5 on Twitter, with the ViacomCBS-owned channel announcing that three of its weekly wrestling shows – Raw, Smackdown […]

BARB launches three-screen audience measurement

UK audience measurement outfit BARB has started to report unduplicated programme reach and time spent viewing figures across multiple screens, marking the implementation of the third part of its four-stage Project Dovetail initiative. The new figures are reported on a daily basis across TV sets, tablets and PCs and are available through existing data-processing tools […]

Vivacom to distribute quartet of Russian international channels

Bulgarian service provider Vivacom is to provide satellite distribution for a quartet of popular Russian TV channels, which it has also added to its domestic pay TV line-up. Vivacom will distribute Russian entertainment channels TNT Russia, TV-3 International, Friday! International and TNT4 International via satellite to pay TV operators across Europe and Asia from the […]

YouTube hires former ViacomCBS exec as MD for EMEA emerging markets

YouTube has hired Alex Okosi, formerly of ViacomCBS Networks Africa, as its managing director of emerging markets for EMEA. In this role, Okosi will be responsible for running the Google-owned company’s business and partnership teams across emerging markets in EMEA including Russia, the Middle East, North and Sub Saharan Africa. Okosi joins from ViacomCBS Networks […]

SPI/FilmBox and D-Smart extend partnership

Content provider SPI/FlimBox has renewed and extended its partnership with Turkish pay TV operator D-Smart. The new deal, which runs through to 2022, includes the broadcast rights for FilmBox, FightBox, Fast&FunBox, and DocuBox and extends to live streaming and VOD content from select SPI channels. FilmBox broadcasts Hollywood blockbusters, FightBox shows combat sports, DocuBox presents […]

Horse & Country acquires US streamer, will come of Sky at end of month

Equestrian sports network Horse & Country TV (H&C) has acquired leading US equestrian streaming provider, EQ Sports Net (EQSN). In the UK meanwhile, H&C will come off Sky at the end of this month and transition to a more OTT-focused distribution strategy, although it remains available as a pay TV channel on Virgin Media. EQSN […]

UFC signs deals with Facebook and Russia’s Tricolor

Combat sports competition the UFC has inked a one-year deal with Facebook. The arrangement will see the UFC produce three original shows for Facebook Watch, with all content to be tied to 20 UFC events over the next year. The short-form shows are Quick Hits, The Check-In How and Fighter Commentary. Quick Hits is a […]

Tony Hall to step down as BBC director general

Tony Hall is to stand down as BBC director general this summer after seven years in the job. The surprise news was broken to BBC staff today in an email by Hall. Hall said: “It’s been such a hard decision for me. I love the BBC. I’m passionate about our values and the role we […]

Pay TV in MENA continues to suffer from BeIN ban

Pay TV revenues in the MENA region are not expected to grow in the immediate future, and actually saw a significant decline to 2019. According to figures from Digital TV Research, revenues in the 20 MENA countries fell by 12% between 2016-19. This left revenues at just under US$3 billion. For the 13 Arabic-speaking countries, […]

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