Broadcasters


MTV Live HD launches on Sky Italia

Live music channel MTV Live HD has launched on Italian DTH platform Sky Italia. The channel launched in Poland in 2008 and is now available in 34 countries. It airs concerts and music documentaries.

Chellomedia reports channels growth

Liberty Global-owned Dutch broadcaster Chellomedia saw considerable subscriber growth across its portfolio of sports and movie channels last year. Premium channels Sport 1 and Film 1 increased subscribers by 7% during the course of 2011, ending December with a total of 490,000 subs. Chellomedia said the rebranding of its Film 1 channels and the addition […]

CTC launching international channel in Kazakhstan

Russian broadcaster CTC Media will launch the international version of its main channel in Kazakhstan after striking a deal with Central Asia Media Distribution. CTC International will initially launch on pay TV platforms Digital TV and Icon TV and will then roll out to ID TV; the Kazakhstani distributor is also in negotiations with other […]

Al Jazeera secures remaining French football rights

Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera has secured a further package of broadcast rights for France’s Ligue 1 football league between 2012 and 2016. The company fought off competition from French pay TV operator Canal Plus to win the package of six weekly matches that they will offer on a pay-per-view basis. It was also awarded the […]

Eurosport extends Grand Slam tennis deals

Pay TV channel Eurosport has extended its deals to provide coverage of the French and US Open tennis championships. Brokered by MP & Silva, the French Open deal secures coverage of the championship on Eurosport for three years, from 2012-14. The US Open agreement, through IMG Media, will see the US grand slam on Eurosport […]

Turner’s Glitz to launch on May 8

Turner Broadcast System’s new pay TV channel Glitz will reportedly launch in Germany on May 8 on Kabel Deutschland’s cable platform. Glitz, which will focus on fashion, lifestyle and celebrity, will be available in standard and high-definition. Turner already operates four channels in Germany including kids nets Cartoon Network and Boomerang, movie channel TNT Film […]

Channel 4’s Project Shuffle to offer new catch-up platform

UK broadcaster Channel 4 is lining up a new channel to offer repeats of recently aired shows. According to the Guardian newspaper, the channel will enable viewers to catch-up with popular shows that have been aired within seven days. It is expected to launch in June. Channel 4 is understood to have signed carriage deals […]

Thompson could quit BBC this year

Mark Thompson, the director general of UK public broadcaster the BBC, could step down by the end of year according to local press reports. The Guardian newspaper claims that Thompson has told senior colleagues that he is ready to quit after the Olympics and could step down by the end of 2012. The news has […]

Discovery launches TLC in Baltic States

Discovery Group is to replace Discovery Travel & Living with female-focused lifestyle channel TLC in the Baltic States. Latvian cable operator Baltcom said that it was making TLC available in the original language version and in Russian on its digital tier, and in Russian only on its analogue tier.  

Euronews launches Moscow office

International news broadcaster Euronews is launching a Moscow office as it looks to expand its Russian coverage. The new office will see the company appoint Alexander Shashkov as news correspondent. Lucian Sârb, director of news and programmes said: “Since Alexander’s arrival in 2003, Euronews has really benefitted from his experience and his contribution to the […]