Gent agrees to back Eleven Sports Pro League deal following impasse

Eleven Sports’ agreement to pick up the broadcast rights to the Jupiler Pro League in the tournament’s native Belgium has been approved by KAA Gent, leaving only one club standing in the way of the deal. The broadcaster was previously awarded the rights in a five year deal estimated at €103 million per season, but […]

BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon announces retirement

Donalda MacKinnon, the first female director of BBC Scotland, will stand down in the autumn. MacKinnon will depart the broadcaster after 33 years, four of which were spent in this current role. Prior to her time at the top of BBC Scotland, MacKinnon was head of programmes and services, and had also led the broadcaster’s […]

Bertelsmann’s Rabe raises possibility of RTL-ProSiebenSat.1 merger

Bertelsmann and RTL boss Thomas Rabe has called for looser regulation that would permit a merger of Germany’s leading commercial broadcasters – RTL Group and ProSiebenSat.1 – in the face of competition from global media and tech giants. Interviewed by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung on Sunday, Rabe said that it was “extremely important” that […]

British government planning to scrap licence fee, claims report

The British government has drafted a ‘blueprint’ to scrap the licence fee, reports the Sunday Times. According to the paper, government officials want to drastically alter the makeup of the broadcaster through the licence fee change and downsizing its other assets. Citing senior aides to the prime minister, the paper says that officials are “not […]

How do you solve a problem like the BBC?

British broadcaster the BBC has historically had its ups and downs, but it’s hard to remember a time when it has been at battle with the government to quite the extent it is today. Even if the government does, as now ex-culture secretary Nicky Morgan said, want to have some “difficult conversations”, the government’s public […]

TF1 sees revenue rise as digital activities compensate ad decline

French commercial broadcaster TF1 saw its revenues increase by 2.1%, to €2.34 billion last year and net profits increase by 21.5% to €154.8 million, with a decline in core advertising revenues being compensated by – notably – growth in its Unify unit, which houses digital and e-commerce activities. Revenues from broadcast channels dipped slightly, with […]

Eleven Sports wins Belgian Pro League, but two clubs hold up deal

Eleven Sports has been awarded domestic broadcast rights to Belgium’s Pro League football competition for five years from 2020/21 in a deal understood to be worth €103 million per season. However, while the Pro League voted two-thirds for Eleven’s bid, the status of the deal remains unclear with Antwerp and KAA Gent opting out of […]

ProSiebenSat.1 Entertainment becomes SevenOne Entertainment

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s entertainment business – which houses its TV channels, content and digital businesses – is changing its name to SevenOne Entertainment. ProSiebenSat.1 Deutschland, which includes the group’s TV channels, will be bundled into the new SevenOne Entertainment Group along with advertising arm SevenOne Media. The change follows on from the restructuring of […]

Setanta Sports sets Ukrainian expansion with second channel

Sports broadcaster Setanta will launch a second channel in Ukraine. Speaking to local outlet UA Football, Setanta Eurasia head of distribution Mariya Lysenko said that a launch would happen “in the near future.” Setanta originally entered the Ukrainian market in August 2019, distributed by the digital division of StarLightMedia. The channel currently runs as an […]

Ofcom appoints Melanie Dawes as CEO; becomes internet content regulator

British broadcast regulator Ofcom has announced the appointment of Dame Melanie Dawes as its CEO. Dawes replaces Sharon White, who announced she was to become chair of the John Lewis Partnership in June 2019. She will assume the role in March, with interim CEO Jonathan Oxley resuming his position as competition group director and board […]