Broadcasters


France 4 wins one-year reprieve, France Ô to close

Public broadcaster France Télévisions’ channel for children and young people, France 4, has been granted a one-year stay of execution by the new French culture minister, Roselyne Bachelot, according to news magazine Le Parisien. However, international channel France Ô will cease broadcasting as scheduled on August 23. The closure of France 4 and France Ô […]

Bundesliga ready to welcome back fans says CEO

In a boost for football broadcasting, the German Bundesliga has said that it is planning for fans to re-enter stadiums across the country’s top two tiers from the start of the new season in September. The Bundesliga was the first top European league to resume playing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic on May […]

ViacomCBS hires BBC director to head UK business and legal affairs

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has hired a BBC director to head up its business and legal affairs. The media giant has announced the appointment of Kathryn Richardson as VP of business and legal affairs for its business in the UK. The exec joins from the BBC where she has served since 2005, with seven years […]

Mercedes launches dedicated channel on Motorsport.tv

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has launched a dedicated channel on OTT platform Motorsport.tv. The company said that the channel will offer behind the scenes footage of its Formula 1 and Formula E teams, along with offering a range of other content. Motorsport.tv has an audience of 56 million users per month, and will partner with […]

Ofcom: older viewers driving COVID-19 boost in streaming

UK adults doubled the amount of time spent on streamers during the peak of the Covid-19 lockdown, a report from the country’s media regulator has found. Ofcom revealed the finding in its Media Nations 2020 report, adding that 12 million adults had signed up to streaming services in April, with three million of those having […]

Discovery sees ad revenues drop as COVID-19 takes its toll

Discovery saw its revenues drop by 12% overall in Q2 to US$2.541 billion as the COVID-19 pandemic hit ad sales in particular. OIBDA dropped by 11% to US$1.127 billion with a particular hit from international markets. The drop was expected, and Discovery exceeded analysts’ expectation for revenue numbers and earnings per share. CEO David Zaslav […]

STV player launches on Freeview Play

Scottish broadcaster STV’s free VOD service STV Player has launched UK-wide on TV platform Freeview Play. This expansion will see the player automatically installed on the platform and available to an additional nine million devices across the UK. It is part of STV’s strategy to significantly increase the market for its streaming platform. Freeview Play […]

iPlayer charts record H1 with Normal People most watched series

The BBC iPlayer has continued to demonstrate its value to the pubcaster, with the on demand service recording its best-ever H1 in 2020. The service saw a renewed emphasis from the BBC amid the UK’s months-long lockdown with an increased amount of archival content, a feature that allows viewers from multiple households to watch together, […]

ViacomCBS to launch new ad platform

US media giant ViacomCBS has announced the launch of a new connected video advertising product dubbed EyeQ. The company said that the ad platform will serve as a single transactional point of entry for digital video content from its portfolio. In effect, EyeQ will allow advertisers to run campaigns across all of ViacomCBS’s video platforms […]

Disney at 100 million streaming subs but still suffers multi-billion dollar hit

Disney has surpassed a milestone of 100 million streaming subscribers worldwide, but announced a disappointing Q3 with losses of US$5 billion. The company’s D2C streaming segment was the lone bright spark for the company, with Disney+ having 60.5 million paying customers as of Monday – up from 54.5 million on May 4. However, the results […]