Broadcasters


Fox cooks up Dutch channel



Fox International Channels is launching a round-the-clock cooking channel in the Netherlands. 24Kitchen will roll out on on October 1 on the Ziggo, UPC, Caiway and Glashart’s pay TV services, reaching three million viewers. The channel will be a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and food and cosmetics firm Jan Dekker Holding. It will […]

BBC Knowledge to launch Lonely Planet block

BBC Knowledge, the British public broadcaster’s international factual channel, is launching a Lonely Planet programming block from November 1. The branded programming block is the first time the travel brand, which was fully acquired by the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide in September, has been integrated into its international channels group. The block will launch […]

Fox Channels launches sports division

Fox International Channels has launched a sports division and has hired Peter Hutton to run it. The division – FIC Sports – is a joint venture between Fox’s global channels arm and Fox Sports Media Group. It will manage the syndication of Fox Sports content worldwide and will centralise the company’s wide array of international […]

HBO names legal head for CEO

HBO Central Europe has appointed Gordon Finlayson as general counsel. Finlayson, who was previously head of legal at Middle Eastern pay TV operator Showtime Arabia and OSN, will lead legal operations at the company’s operations in fourteen countries in central and eastern Europe. He will be based in Budapest, Hungary and will report to chief […]

Contract wrangle holds up A+E’s Ian Jones S4C appointment


Ian Jones has reportedly been chosen as the new chief executive of Welsh-language broadcaster S4C, but cannot be officially installed in the position because of a contract wrangle with current employer A+E Networks.
 A+E declined to comment, but it is known that Jones is still under the terms of a long term deal with A+E […]

Fox names pay TV and SVOD EVP

Hollywood studio Fox has promoted Gina Brogi to executive vice president, worldwide pay television and subscription video-on-demand. Brogi will be in charge of Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution’s international SVOD growth as well as the distribution of the studio’s film and television series to pay TV clients around the world. 
She will report to Mark […]

France 24 expands in US

France 24 has expanded its reach in the US after signing a new distribution agreement with WANN TV. The deal means the English version of the news channel will be available throughout Atlanta. France 24 said its penetration in the US increased by 50% in the first half of 2011. Its French and English channels […]

Freesat adds Massive R&B channel

Freesat, the UK free-to-air satellite service, has added music channel Massive R&B to its line-up. The channel airs music videos, interviews and chart countdowns. It joins Freesat’s other music channels NME TV, Bliss, Chart Show TV, Flava and the Vault. Freesat’s head of channels, Mark Briggs said: “We are proud to be increasing our music […]

Euronews to launch general iOS and Android app, Polish version penciled in for 2012

Euronews is planning to launch a unified Euronews application for iOS and Android devices, as well as an app specifically designed for people on the move. The pan-European news broadcaster has already delivered apps related to specific content – specifically its No Comment TV YouTube channel and a Euronews Live app – but this will […]

Al Jazeera head replaced by Qatari royal


Wadah Khanfar has stepped down as general director of Al Jazeera. Khanfar, who has run the international news and kids broadcaster for the last eight year, has been replaced by Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, an executive at Qatargas and a member of the Qatari royal family. Al Jazeera, which is based in Doha […]