FranceTV Publicité deals with Orange, Bouygues set stage for targeted advertising

France Télévisions’ advertising arm FranceTV Publicité has struck separate targeted advertising partnerships with service providers Orange and Bouygues Telecom within a few days of each other. The Orange partnership, which was announced last week, will see Orange and FranceTV Publicité bring addressable advertising to Orange TV customers, subject to data protection rules. The agreement will […]

Apple co-founder sues YouTube over bitcoin scam

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, is leading a lawsuit against YouTube for allowing people on the platform to use his likeness and name in Bitcoin scams. Wozniak is one of 17 plaintiffs named in a lawsuit that has been filed in the Superior Court of the State of California. It states that YouTube and […]

Sports: Serie A to discuss media rights business sale; Baseball return sets records for ESPN; Ligue 1 channel reportedly to get Facebook distribution; RTÉ Sport teams with LOI for OTT platform

The clubs from Italy’s Serie A are reportedly set to meet this week to discuss investor bids for the league’s media business. According to Reuters, representatives from the 20 clubs will meet on July 30 to discuss a number of proposals that were invited last week. The league had asked investors to submit bids to […]

Pressure grows on Ofcom to ban Chinese state-owned news network from airwaves

Ofcom is under increasing pressure to remove China Global Television Network (CGTN), the state-owned broadcaster, from the UK. This comes after the broadcaster has been accused of breaching impartiality rules and airing forced confessions. The former was brought into prominence last month when the regulator found that CGTN had broadcast a forcibly obtained confession from […]

HbbTV Association publishes new conformance test suite

Interactive TV standards body the HbbTV Association has published a new version of a new version of the HbbTV Conformance Test Suite. The association says that the latest, version, v2020-2, is the second and most important major release of the Test Suite in 2020. The release contains 2,759 test cases in total, an increase by […]

Delphine Ernotte secures second term as France Télévisions chief

French media regulator the CSA has given Delphine Ernotte-Cunci a new five-year term as director-general of France Télévisions, the first time an incumbent has had their mandate extended in this way. The watchdog said that it had chosen Ernotte for a second term on the basis of her competence and experience and its analysis of […]

NENT ad sales and subscription revenues drop despite rise in Viaplay numbers

Free TV and subscription streaming provider Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) saw like-for-like sales drop by 13% in Q2 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with both advertising and subscription revenue falling, despite a strong uptick in Viaplay streaming subscribers. The group reported sales of SEK2.624 billion, down 13%. Streaming service Viaplay saw its […]

CME sees ad revenues drop as COVID-19 impact makes itself felt

Central and eastern European broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME), which is set to be acquired by Czech billionaire Petr Kellner’s PPF Group, saw its TV advertising revenues plummet for the year to date, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic made itself felt. TV advertising revenues decreased 21% at actual rates and 17% at […]

Portugal pushes back DTT migration

Portugal has pushed back the migration of digital-terrestrial TV services to clear the 700MHz spectrum for 5G by nine days because of delays to essential work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Altice Portugal/Meo, which is responsible for the transition informed regulator ANACOM on July 10 that it needed to change the timetable to he unavailability […]

RTVE agrees Spanish MotoGP sublicensing deal with DAZN

Spanish pubcaster RTVE has agreed a deal with MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports and rights holder DAZN. The broadcaster will show live coverage of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria from Austria in August and the Gran Premio Michelin de Aragon in Spain during October. Both races will have their Friday and Saturday practice sessions […]