Broadcasters


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 […]

Canal+ seals beIN distribution and sublicensing deal

Canal+ and beIN Sports have entered into an exclusive distribution and sublicensing deal. The closed deal is the culmination of talks that were announced in December 2019. Under the agreement, beIN Sports’ premium channels will be offered within Canal+ offers. Canal+ will also be the exclusive distributor of beIN Sports channels to all third-party providers […]

Salto chief unveils launch plan for streaming service

Salto, the long-delayed French streaming offering from broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6, is to launch on June 3, according to CEO Thomas Follin. Follin told French newspaper Le Figaro that the SVOD offering would launch in test mode, enabling consumers to connect to the service. The streamer will then launch a full promotion in […]

Mediaset España signs OTT content protection deal with Irdeto

Broadcaster Mediaset España has announced a partnership with Irdeto for OTT content protection. The deal will see the broadcaster’s OTT service, Mitele Plus, protected by the Irdeto Control solution. The product is offered as a part of the Irdeto 360 Security suite. The company says it is designed to “ensure future-proof end-to-end security that can […]

MediaPro waiting Ligue 1 channel approval

Spanish agency Mediapro is still awaiting formal approval to launch its new Ligue 1 pay-TV network in France. The €25-per month channel is scheduled to launch on July 25, and was a central part of Mediapro’s shocking €1.15 billion rights grab to the 2021-24 seasons. With the launch approaching, Mediapro has submitted its plans to […]

Elisabeth Murdoch emerges as surprise BBC director general candidate, claims report

Elisabeth Murdoch has reportedly emerged as a potential replacement for outgoing BBC director general Tony Hall. Murdoch most famously was the head of production company Shine UK and sold shows to the broadcaster including Masterchef. She also co-founded Sister, which produced the Sky/HBO hit series Chernobyl. Within her father Rupert’s media empire, she held roles […]

NENT follows up Premier League deal with new Bundesliga agreement

Nordic free and pay TV and streaming service provider Nordic Entertainment (NENT) has extended its exclusive pan-Nordic media rights to German Bundesliga football until 2025. Under the latest agreement, NENT will show more than 300 live Bundesliga games on its Viaplay streaming service every season and selected games on its linear TV channels. The deal […]

France Télévisions chief outlines regionalisation plan for France 3

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte plans to develop 13 French regional and local channels to replace the current France 3 channel, as reported by the Journal Du Dimanche. Ernotte said that the new channels would take the form of wider media outlets, mixing TV, radio and the web, at a cost of around €900 million. […]