Eleven Sports names new Italy chief

Sports broadcaster Eleven has named Giovanni Zurleni as the group’s new managing director in Italy. Zurleni, who will be responsible for further developing Eleven’s business and operations in Italy, was previously VP, commercial and partnerships at sports streamer DAZN from 2018-2019, leading the team’s business development strategy and execution, coordinating global and local distribution deals […]

FIFA assigns Nordic rights for 2026 World Cup

Five years ahead of its scheduled staging, FIFA has confirmed its Nordic broadcast partnerships for the 2026 World Cup. The tournament is set to take place across the US, Mexico and Canada, and will be the first to be expanded to 48 countries from the typical 32. As such, there will be 80 matches from […]

DAZN poaches Ladbrokes-owner’s CEO in senior reshuffle

Sports streamer DAZN has announced a change at the top of the company as it finalises a corporate restructure that started over six months ago. Acting CEO James Rushton – who was promoted from the role of finance boss in July 2020 – has been confirmed as co-CEO, while DAZN has also announced the hire […]

BBC iPlayer sees record breaking holiday fortnight

UK public broadcaster the BBC’s BBC iPlayer video-on-demand service broke viewing records over the holiday period, seeing 245 million streams over between December 21 and January 3, up by 16% on the same two weeks last year.  New Year’s Day was the biggest day for iPlayer, with 21.2 million streams, the most popular New Year […]

Tory donor Richard Sharp selected as next BBC chair

Richard Sharp, a former Goldman Sachs banker and advisor to Tory chancellor Rishi Sunak, has been named as the new chairperson of the BBC. Sharp’s appointment was initially leaked on Wednesday before he was formally announced by culture secretary Oliver Dowden as the government’s preferred candidate to replace Sir David Clementi. The 64-year-old Sharp has […]

Euronews teams up with UPB to launch Romanian channel

International news channel Euronews has signed a partnership with University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB) to launch Euronews Romania, a new channel aimed at a Romanian-speaking audience.  Euronews Romania will be a branded affiliate of Euronews that will deliver local, regional, national and international news on TV and digital platforms, according to the broadcaster. Over the last two years, Euronews has […]

Lolly Kids launches on MEO in Portugal

Music performance-themed kids channel Lolly Kids has launched in Portugal on leading operator MEO’s television service. The channel, which features children aged between five and 17 singing, dancing and playing music, is exclusive to MEO in Portugal. The operator said that the launch reinformed its strategy of innovation and differentiation of MEO TV which includes […]

African Movie Channel debuts on Connected Freeview

Nollywood broadcaster African Movie Channel (AMC) has launched its flagship offering, also called African Movie Channel on the Freeview digital-terrestrial platform in the UK. African Movie Channel will be available on  connected Freeview boxes and TVs via Channelbox on Freeview Channel 271, makes African Movie Channel the first Nollywood channel to be distributed on Freeview. Connected Freeview is available […]

Eleven names new Taiwan chief, extends distribution

Sports broadcaster Eleven has named Michael Sun as the group’s new managing director for Taiwan. Sun joins Eleven from SlamBall Asia, where as chairman and CEO he was responsible for driving the growth of the challenger sport across Asia. He previously held senior roles in sports, media, investment and technology with China Trust Group, IMG, […]

BBC launches ‘biggest education offer in its history’ as UK enters third lockdown

With the UK in its third national lockdown in less than a year, the BBC has announced the “biggest education offer in its history”. The pubcaster said that it will bring together BBC Two, CBBC, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online “to deliver a new education offer to children, teachers and parents” and ensure […]