Hulu boss Campbell leaves streamer, reportedly heading to Peacock

Hulu’s president Kelly Campbell has departed the Disney-Owned streamer after less than two years in the job, with US reports suggesting the exec is heading to NBCUniversal (NBCU). Campbell left the “company immediately” yesterday, according to Disney’s chairman of international operations & DTC, Rebecca Campbell. No reason was given for Kelly Campbell’s departure but in […]

URC achieves global viewership record

The United Rugby Championship (URC) has announced record viewership for the revamped competition. A revised version of the rugby union league, URC is an annual competition involving professional teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales, with teams from the two hemispheres taking on one another in a unique contest. URC said that domestic […]

Filmstream comes to Latin America in deal with Pluto TV

SPI/FilmBox has agreed a deal with ViacomCBS AVOD platform Pluto TV to bring its Filmstream channel to Latin America. The distribution deal will see the channel, which broadcasts classic cinema from filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Federico Fellini, launch in 18 Latin American countries. The new markets include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican […]

Antenna Group acquires Sony’s CEE channels

  Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has continued its withdrawal from the global channels business by selling its 22 pay-TV networks and two streaming services in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to Antenna Group. Antenna has bought SPT’s CEE AXN, Sony and Viasat Pay TV channels and on demand services in the region, as part of what it described […]

Eleven boosts Portuguese presence with Premier League acquisition

Sports broadcaster Eleven Portugal has secured the rights to the English Premier League for three seasons from 2022-23. Eleven will deliver live, exclusive coverage of every Premier League match across its linear and direct-to-consumer channels. The company said that this will be the first time all 380 games each season will be made available to […]

Sky scores NHL rights for Germany

Sky Deutschland has acquired rights to the National Hockey League (NHL) in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and South Tyrol. The deal will run from the 2021/22 season through to 2024/25, with the broadcaster offering around 300 games per season – which Sky says is more than have ever been shown on German TV before. The […]

VCNI completes acquisition of WarnerMedia’s Chilevisión 

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has wrapped up the acquisition of Chilevisión from WarnerMedia. Announced in April, the acquisition comes as part of a greater push from ViacomCBS into Latin America and streaming.  Chilevisión is the market-leading FTA TV network, and attracted approximately 24% of the country’s total television viewership in 2020. The deal also includes […]

M6 agrees Snapchat deal

M6, the French TV group, has announced a partnership with messaging app Snapchat. The deal will see M6 make extracts of its programmes available on the social media platform in its Discover tab. The broadcaster will publish extracts of its shows including Top Chef, Meilleur Pâtissier and Recherche Appartement ou Maison. M6 is the first […]

Pluto TV agrees to US$3.5 million fine over closed captions

ViacomCBS’s ad-supported streaming platform Pluto TV has agreed to pay a US$3.5 million fine over closed captioning rules.  The FCC announced that Pluto had also agreed to enter into a compliance plan to ensure that its programming includes closed captioning going forward. Pluto TV was found to be in violation of rules set out in […]

Ofcom calls on broadcasters to curb diverse talent drain

Broadcasters in the UK are facing a ‘diverse talent drain’, regulator Ofcom has said. In a new report, Ofcom has warned that more people are leaving the TV and radio industries than joining and that broadcasters are struggling to retain workers in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Alarmingly, more women are leaving broadcasting than […]