Broadcasters


TF1 secures handball deal with BeIN Media

French broadcaster TF1 has struck a deal with pay TV outfit BeIN Sports to acquire the rights to air a number of matches from IHF World Championship handball tournaments from 2019-25, for both men’s and women’s events. TF1 will be the exclusive free-to-air distributor of the Championship, and will air three matches featuring the French […]

ProSiebenSat.1 launches ‘vertical content division’ for mobile

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has launched a new ‘vertical content division’ or VERT as part of its Studio71 digital content unit to provide mobile content in the 9:16 format for consumption on mobile phones. ProSiebenSat.1 said that the vertical format was in high demand on platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat and among young target groups […]

BBC consults on options for over 75s licence fee

The BBC has launched a consultation on the future of licence fee payments by over 75s. The age group is currently entitled to a free TV licence under a government-funded scheme that is set to expire in June 2020, after which it is to be left to the BBC itself to decide on any future […]

RTL’s Schäferkordt to exit, replaced by Vox chief

RTL Deutschland CEO Anke Schäferkordt is to exit the group after nearly 30 years of service and will be succeeded by Vox MD Bernd Reichart. Schäferkordt will depart the company on 31 December 2018. A joint decision was made by RTL Group and the exec not to renew her contract. Reichart will succeed the outgoing […]

Amazon ‘among bidders’ for Fox US sports networks

Amazon will be among the bidders for the 22 US regional sports networks to be sold off by Disney to secure regulatory approval for its takeover of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment business, according to a report by CNBC. According to CNBC, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is bidding for all 22 networks, including a joint bid […]

Discovery boosts GO app line-up in the US

Discovery has added HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Cooking Channel to its suite of TV everywhere ‘GO’ apps in the US. The networks join the twelve existing Discovery GO apps and bring more than 22,000 titles to the platform – increasing the number of titles across all the apps to 45,000. “Discovery’s suite of […]

Viacom’s Paramount to make pictures for Netflix as OTT strategy takes shape

Viacom’s Paramount Pictures is to make movies for Netflix as part of a new deal between the pair, unveiled at the end of last week. Speaking on Viacom’s full-year results conference call at the end of the week, Paramount boss James Gianopoulis said that the studio was “exploring new revenue streams in addition to theatrical […]

Eleven Sports appoints chief operating officer

Eleven Sports upped its managing director for Belgium and Luxembourg, Anouk Mertens, to group chief operating officer (COO). In her new role, Mertens will manage budgets in all areas, review market performances and seek operational efficiencies across the group. She will continue her MD duties in Belgium and Luxembourg. “Having spent the last three years […]

Vivid TV extends reach in Croatia

Adult channel Vivid TV has extended its reach in Croatia by launching with digital-terrestrial TV platform provider EVOTV/HPP. Vivid movies are available for EVOTV/HPP customers via the linear channel Vivid TV in the Fun and Music package, which also includes 24Kitchen, TLC, Comedy Central Extra, MTV and VH1. Vivid TV distributes a range of linear […]

Canal+ and TF1 finally bury the hatchet with new deal

Vivendi-owned French pay TV outfit Canal+ and commercial broadcaster TF1 have finally buried the hatchet and struck a new global distribution deal. The pair said that the agreement would see Canal+ integrate all of TF1’s channels and associated non-linear services in its offerings. The deal will enable Canal+ subscribers to view TF1 programming on the […]