French government may revive ads on France Télévisions

The new French government has raised the possibility of reviving advertising after 20:00 on public broadcaster France Télévisions’ channels to finance the service. France’s budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac raised the issue in interviews on RMC and BFMTV on the condition that the European Court of Justice, as expected, rules against the tax on telecom operators […]

Czech FreeSAT adds Fanda

Liberty Global’s Czech DTH platform FreeSAT has added the Fanda channel to its line-up. Operated by TV Nova, Fanda offers a range of movies, drama series, sports and documentaries. The channel is available to FreeSAT’s medium and higher package customers. UPC DTH marketing and sales director for Czech Republic, Jiri Kraval said  ”We are pleased […]

Lagardère appoints head of new documentary unit

French media group Lagardère has appointed Remy Dessarts as head of a new unit creating documentary and magazine programming. Dessarts has a journalistic backround, including as launch editor of monthly title Capital. Takis Candilis, chairman of Lagardère Entertainment, said, “We welcome the arrival of Remy, who will bring to the group extensive experience of informative […]

MobiTV opens EMEA hub

Mobile TV and on-demand specialist MobiTV is expanding its EMEA operations with the launch of a new London “hub”. The office will be managed and operated by MobiTV co-founder and president Paul Scanlan. He will continue to manage and grow all aspects of the company’s sales and partnership activity in EMEA. The company recently announced […]

HbbTV consortium unveils Test Suite

The HbbTV consortium has unveiled the first release of its HbbTV Test Suite, which covers a wide selection of features of the HbbTV 1.1.1 specification. The Test Suite will be used as part of the HbbTV certification programme, and includes specifications, test material and a dedicated program to run the test material. The consortium said […]

Orange adds ESPN America

Orange is adding ESPN America to its TV line-up. The French pay TV operator has signed a deal with the sports broadcaster and will add ESPN to its Orange TV Sport Pack, where it will join ESPN Classic. The US sports channel airs coverage of the NHL, MLB and X Games. Orange said it would […]

Discovery’s TLC orders international formats across CEE

Discovery is to increase its programming spend for its lifestyle channel TLC in Russia and Poland and is to remake a raft of international formats. TLC Poland will launch a local version of British food format The Great British Bake Off – known as The Great Polish Bake-Off – after striking a deal with BBC […]

Sony acquires Left Bank Pictures

Sony Pictures Television has completed its takeover of Wallander and Strike Back producer Left Bank Pictures. The Hollywood studio has acquired a majority stake in the British production company run by Andy Harries and Marigo Kehoe. It will distribute future Left Bank television series and will also have a first look distribution option of the […]

EBU to highlight public service future-proofing

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) says it will highlight the importance of future-proofing to the continuing success of public service media at IBC. In addition, the EBU Technology and Innovation Department will underscore its three core goals in support of public service media: to reduce costs, increase reach and enhance viewers’ experience. New this year […]

ITV wants Premier League matches from BT

UK commercial broadcaster ITV is trying to strike a deal with telco BT that will enable it to show Premier League football matches for the first time. The broadcaster is in talks with BT to show some of the 154 matches that the telco has the rights to on one of its terrestrial channels, according […]