Broadcasters


Immediate Media taps Arqiva for hybrid delivery of channels

UK media services outfit Arqiva has launched a new hybrid TV service on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform for two of specialist interest media company Immediate Media’s craft shopping channels. Arqiva said it had extended the delivery of Sewing Quarter and Jewellery Maker to the DTT audience via two new IP portals, giving viewers 24-hour […]

Volia adds new channels to line-up

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has added Kyiv news and cultural channel 4th Channel to its programming line-up and has announced plans to expand its offering with the addition of a number of other regional and national channels. 4th Channel will be available over Volia’s networks in the cities of Vinnytsia, Dnipro, Lviv, Rivne, Obukhiv, Ternopil, […]

Turkey’s TRT Today launches Arabic service in HD with Globecast

Turkish news channel TRT Today has launched a new HD variant of its Arabic language channel, TRT Arabi in HD, and has tapped media services outfit Globecast to provide the uplink for the service. TRT Arabi can to be viewed in HD across Europe and the MENA region via three satellites: Eutelsat’s Hotbird, Arabsat’s Badr 4 and Eutelsat 7 West […]

Channel 4 takes on streamer with new slate

Channel 4 director of programmes Ian Katz has launched a slate of programming for 2019, which he believes will stand out against major streaming platforms. The list of programmes adhere to C4’s ‘Dial up the Difference’ strategy according to Katz, which sees the broadcaster make “mischievous”, “noisy” content that highlights “the big issues and arguments […]

TF1 in negotiations for sale of tele-shopping unit

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has entered into exclusive negotiations with former Teleshopping CEO Jérôme Dillard to sell the commercial activities of teleshopping channel Tele-Achat. The broadcaster said that as the sector was in the midst of a transformation, it had decided to give up operating control of Tele-Achat – encompassing sourcing of products, commercialisation and […]

Friends named favourite show of UK kids

Friends, the hit sitcom that first ran on television between 1994-2004, has been voted as the most popular programme for five to 16-year-olds in the UK, according to a Childwise report. The majority of 2,000 youngsters surveyed by Childwise voted the show as a favourite. The iconic 90s sitcom was picked in large part due […]

France Télévisions ups digital docs to strengthen online portal

French public broadcaster France Télévisions is to devote 5% of its documentaries budget to content for its digital platforms over the next three years as it seeks to bolster its online portal, according to local reports. Speaking at the Fipadoc festival in Biarritz, broadcasting chief Takis Candilis said that the broadcaster was undergoing an evolution […]

Mediaset sees off Simon Fiduciaria challenge

Italian broadcast giant Mediaset has seen off a court challenge that it had interpreted a s a move to strengthen one-time putative partner and now arch-enemy Vivendi’s influence in the group. Mediaset hailed a decision by the Milan Court to reject shareholder Simon Fiducaria’s claim against on order issued on November 25. Mediaset had excluded […]

Report: Sony looks to India as it eyes Zee Entertainment stake

Sony Corporation is in the running to pick up a stake in Zee Entertainment after its owner Essel Group put it out for sale, according to CNBC TV18. Essel revealed in November that it would sell a part of its stake in Zee to a global strategic advisor. Sources told the publisher that the Sony […]

T-Mobile Austria adds new eSports channel to offering

T-Mobile Austria is the latest operator to announce that it is to carry new German eSports channel eSports1 on its UPC cable network. The channel will be aired as part of UPC’s TV Top TV package. ESports1 is the first German-language eSports service and carries coverage of  League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter Strike, Overwatch […]