Broadcasters


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 […]

A+E will roll out Lifetime this year


A+E networks will launch its female-skewing Lifetime channel in at least two major territories this year. Official word on the roll outs is expected in the first half of this year with two or more international versions of the channel following before end-2012.
 To date the channel, which A+E took control of in a deal […]

Al Jazeera in exclusive negotiations for French football

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera has enterted into exclusive negotiations with the French professional football league, the LFP, to acquire the remaining major package of TV rights for Ligue 1 matches. Al Jazeera is bidding for a package of six weekly pay-per-view matches. The broadcaster already has the rights to two weekly matches. L’Equipe newspaper has […]

BBC World News on SFR

BBC World News, the international news channel operated by the British public broadcaster, has extended its carriage deal with French pay TV operator SFR. The deal extends the channel across SFR’s satellite, DSL and fibre pay TV offers and means that the channel is available to more than 16 million households across France. 
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ProSiebenSat.1 HD channels on NetCologne

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has struck a deal with Cologne, Bonn and Aachen area service provider NetCologne to distribute its HD channels on NetCologne’s network. NetCologne will deliver Sat.1 HD, ProSieben HD, Kabel Eins HD and Sixx HD from February 1. NetCologne and ProSiebenSat.1 have also extended their existing distribution deal for standard definition channels. NetCologne […]

The Euro50 Q&A: Linda Jensen, HBO Central Europe

HBO Central Europe, headed by CEO Linda Jensen, has continued to invest strongly in local content this year, airing locally produced series across its major markets. The broadcaster also launched HBO Go, its multi-screen online TV offering. 

 Age 47 

Education BA International Affairs, Lewis & Clark College
MA Political Science/ Soviet Studies, Columbia University Previous […]

CME to launch new channels, expand pay TV

Central and Eastern European broadcast group CME is preparing to launch a number of new channels across six CEE markets and is eying an expansion of its pay TV business. CME president Adrian Sarbu told Czech business daily Hospodářské Noviny that it was planning to launch a raft of male-skewing, female-skewing and kids channels in […]

History UK claims record year

History UK, the factual channel owned by A+E Networks and BSkyB, recorded its highest-rating year ever in 2011, with the average number of adults watching up by 27%. The joint-venture said the second half of the year was particularly strong with the adult audience growing by 34% compared to the same period in 2010. During […]

France 24 reaches 235 million homes

News broadcaster France 24 increased its distribution by 33 million homes last year. The company, which operates English, French and Arabic channels, reached 235 million homes at the end of December. Of that total figure, 183 million households have 24-hour access to at least one of France 24’s channels while 52 million can watch for […]