Broadcasters


Channel 4 offers demographic ad targeting for VOD

Channel 4 is offering demographic targeting to advertisers for VOD ad campaigns. The UK broadcaster’s Future and Digital Media Ad Sales (FADMA) team are offering advertisers the opportunity to buy by demographic as well as genre, which it says is a unique approach to trading over digital platforms. Viewer data gathered by Channel 4 through […]

Discovery boss calls for light touch regulation in the UK

David Zaslav, the CEO of US-based channel operator Discovery Communications, has called upon UK authorities to favour light touch regulation so that it can continue to operate on a level playing field with its UK peers. Speaking at the RTS conference in Cambridge, Zaslav said that the company “created a lot of value” in the […]

Patten defends BBC news output

Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust has defended the size of the corporation’s news activities following comments from culture secretary Jeremy Hunt that it might be too powerful. Hunt told the Guardian newspaper that it was difficult to work out how the BBC fits into his decision to ask communications regulator Ofcom to […]

Rebranded MyVideoRights raises £2.75 million

MyVideoRights, the online rights exploitation company, has received a cash injection of £2.75 million (€3.2 million). It will use the money to develop apps for smartphones, connected TVs and tablets and to expand within Europe and the US. The money comes from MMC Ventures, YouTube EMEA partnerships director Patrick Walker and former Endemol exec Peter […]

Disney HD launching on Sky

Disney is rolling out its Disney Channel HD service on UK pay TV platform BSkyB later this month. The HD channel will launch on September 16 and sit alongside HD versions of the Disney XD and Cinemagic channels that are already on the platform. The HD version of Disney Channel original movie Lemonade Mouth will […]

SeeSaw loses more executives

Troubled UK online video service SeeSaw has lost another three key executives, following the decision by former Channel 4 CEO Michael Jackson not to take up his role as chairman at the beginning of this month. The latest three executives to resign are commercial director Matt Rennie, platform controller John Keeling and product director Richard […]

Entertainment One stock leaps on sale possibility


Shares in Entertainment One (eOne) jumped 25% yesterday after the media company, which produces and distributes TV programmes and distributes movies, confirmed it was considering its options having received several approaches from unnamed parties. Unconfirmed reports suggested Disney and Viacom were among the interested parties and the rumored asking price was in the region of […]

Discovery shakes up programme sales operation

Factual channel operator and programmer Discovery Communications has rejigged its programme sales team in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region. It has created a new role, regional director of programme sales, at its Discovery Enterprises International (DEI) unit. Saevar Lemke will fill the position and oversee programme sales to third parties in the EMEA […]

Investors accuse News Corp of ignoring misconduct and shareholders interests

A group of US union and pension fund investors in News Corp, led by New York-based Amalgamated Bank, has lodged a legal complaint against the media giant’s board, including Rupert Murdoch, accusing it of ignoring misconduct by subsidiaries, including conditional access provider NDS. Linking the phone hacking scandal in the UK to other News Corp […]

Discovery eyes January FTA launch for Spain

Discovery Networks International has announced plans for a new free-to-air channel for Spain. Scheduled for launch in January 2012, the as yet unnamed channel will offer news and current affairs programming created by Spanish publishing group Unidad Editorial. It will launch on Spain’s DTT network. Dee Forbes, president and managing director, Discovery Networks Western Europe, […]