ProSiebenSat.1 posts growth despite Euro 2012 hit

Germany-based broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 maintained advertising revenues in its core German-language area market more or less at last year’s level in the second quarter, despite the adverse impact of the Euro 2012 football championships, which were shown exclusively on public channels. ProSiebenSat.1 posted German-speaking market revenues of €471 million for the quarter, compared with €472 million […]

Hollande asks CSA to name new AEF chief

French president François Hollande has written to media regulator the CSA to ask it to nominate a new president for the country’s external media organisation, the AEF. As part of a move to transfer the power to appoint senior public broadcasting executives from the executive branch, Hollande has written to CSA president Michel Boyon to […]

Chellomedia buys MGM’s international channels

Chellomedia has acquired Hollywood studio MGM’s international channels, adding over 40 million homes to its channel footprint. Chellomedia, the content arm of Liberty Global, will take on 13 MGM branded channel feeds including those in Spain, Turkey, Israel, Benelux and Poland, India and South East Asia. The pan-EMEA Channel is also included.
 Chellomedia president Niall […]

EBU and VRT launch MPEG-DASH trial

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Belgian broadcaster VRT have used the London Olympics to launch the first full-scale trail of the MPEG-DASH adaptive streaming standard, the organisation has revealed. The demonstration features a live video stream encoded using the MPEG-DASH ISO Base Media File Format Live Profile, delivered through Belgacom’s Content Delivery Network to a […]

CME sees revenues fall

Central and eastern European broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME) saw revenues fall 15% as it continues to deal with struggling advertising markets in CEE. This comes as the company cut its debt by US$185 million in July through its deal with US media firm Time Warner, which increased its stake in CME to 49.9%. […]

Tough times for Mediaset’s pay and ad businesses

Revenues from Mediaset’s pay TV platform declined slightly during the first half of the year. Mediaset Premium contributed revenues of €260.1 million for the six months ending June 30, compared with €263.9 million for the corresponding period last year. The Italian broadcaster saw revenues across its entire business decline to €2.3 billion from €2 billion. Mediaset […]

MTIS adds Viasat Sport

Belarusian service provider MTIS has dropped the CHL (Continental Hockey League) channel, replacing it with Viasat Sport. Viasat Sport offers live coverage of the Stanley Cup sailing event along with football, baseball, cycling and various martial arts.

Hans Holger Albrecht leaving MTG; Jørgen Madsen named new CEO

Hans Holger Albrecht is leaving the Modern Times Group after twelve years at the helm of the pan-Europe broadcast group. Albrecht is leaving to become the CEO of Nasdaq-listed telco Millicom International. He will be replaced by Jørgen Madsen, who becomes MTG’s group president on September 15, when Albrecht departs the company. Albrecht has served […]

BBC iPlayer sets Olympic record

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games has set the record for the most number of views in a single day on the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up platform. The Danny Boyle-directed ceremony that aired on Friday night was requested on the iPlayer 925,000 times on Saturday, the BBC said. Over the course of the weekend, it […]

Viacom launching new Comedy Central channel in the Adriatic

Viacom’s international channels division will launch Comedy Central Extra across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, from the start of August. The channel will be distributed via the SBB-Telemach pay TV service, which has 1.5 million. The channel will be programmed with new and library programming from Comedy Central and shows on […]