TNT Sports picks up broadcasting rights to Premiership Rugby Cup

Warner Bros. Discovery and BT joint-venture, TNT Sports has secured the UK broadcasting rights to the Premiership Rugby Cup. TNT Sports which went live in July, replacing BT Sport, will make its rugby debut with coverage of the Premiership Rugby Cup. The first five rounds of the tournament will air live each weekend  on the […]

Warner Bros. Discovery’s Zaslav: bundling is back

Streaming is a “bit challenged” as a market and a return to bundling could be the way forward, according to Warner Bros. Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia and Technology conference, Zaslav said that the old model of cable bundling was “a good and nourishing experience” for consumers. He […]

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater to retire

BBC Sport director Barbara Slater is to retire from the BBC after 40 years at the UK broadcaster and 14 years in the role. Slater who became the the first female director at the BBC is to step down from her post by spring next year. The sport exec first joined the broadcaster in 1983 […]

Sky Italia to be home of the United Rugby Championship in Italy

Sky Italia has secured a first-time deal with the BKT United Rugby Championship (URC) to make it the home of the international rugby league in Italy. The Comcast-owned broadcaster will air every Benetton and Zebre Parma game live, including other selected matches each weekend through to the 2024/25 season in the region. The partnership comes […]

Narrative Entertainment launches POP and Tiny Pop FAST channels

UK independent broadcaster Narrative Entertainment is to debut FAST channels for its children-focused TV networks POP and Tiny Pop on Samsung+ and Netgem. POP and Tiny Pop FAST channels is to launch on the two FAST operators from September 13. The channels will also replace the current POP Kids FAST channel, which will also be […]

Warner Bros. Discovery expects hit to earnings as strikes continue

Warner Bros. Discovery has seen its stock fall on a downward revision of its EBITDA guidance for this year as a result of the ongoing impact of the SAG-AFTRA actors and WGA writers strikes in Hollywood. The downward revision in guidance comes as WBD’s stated expectation at the time of its last quarterly earnings that […]

Channel 4 and Oktagon MMA sign broadcasting deal

Channel 4 is to broadcast the European marital arts competition Oktagon MMA across its platforms. The UK pubcaster will showcase Oktagon MMA’s live events and programming on Channel 4 streaming service and the Channel 4 Sports YouTube channel. The deal comes as the MMA organisation expands into the UK and Ireland market. The partnership went […]

Movistar Plus+ secures EuroLeague rights in Spain

Spain’s Telefónica-owned Movistar Plus+ is it show the European basketball tournament EuroLeague in Spain. The EuroLeague returns to Movistar Plus+, which it broadcasted the Europe’s premier club basketball competition until the 2019-20 season. The renewed deal expands Movistar Plus+’s  basketball portfolio, as the current rights holder of the NBA and the Spanish domestic league Liga […]

Channel 4 uses FAST platforms to launch first ever international channels

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has joined the FAST revolution, launching its first ever international channels with streaming platforms Tubi, Plex and Xumo Play. Two channels – 4 Adventure and 4 Emergency – will be available on the US versions of the streaming platforms making hundreds of hours of Channel 4 content, alongside other UK programming, available for free to […]

Paramount alum Van de Paverd to lead WBD ad sales in Benelux

Dutch media is reporting that Rogier van de Paverd is now director digital & ad sales Benelux at Warner Bros. Discovery. The former Paramount exec will be responsible for ad sales for WBD’s entire linear & digital portfolio in his new role. Rogier will report to Guillaume Coffin, head of affiliates ad sales & content […]