Berlusconi departure could benefit Mediaset rivals

The departure of Silvio Berlusconi from political office will have wide-ranging implications for the Italian TV and media market including a shift of advertising from Berlusconi-family controlled broadcaster Mediaset to other broadcasters and platforms, according to analysts.
 Davide Tesoro-Tess, from the Value Partners consultancy, says that ad revenues will be spread more widely among Italian […]

BBC secures Six Nations rights

The BBC has secured exclusive rights to the Six Nations rugby tournament until 2017 and has extended its existing contract for live rights until 2013. BBC Director of Sport, Barbara Slater, said: “The Six Nations is a crown jewel in the sporting calendar and we’re delighted that we can continue to bring the tournament to […]

BBC Worldwide Channels staffs up for original content push

BBC Worldwide’s channels division has hired Tracy Forsyth as its first commissioning editor and David Weiland tells Informa Telecoms & Media that it is significantly ramping up the amount of original content across its portfolio of channels.
Forsyth joins from UKTV and will be vice-president, commissioning, initially focusing original programming efforts on the markets where Worldwide […]

Volkswagen turns to KIT Digital for interactive ads

Car maker Volkswagen is using KIT Digital’s technology to deliver red-button interactive advertising. Viewers will be able to press the red button and arrive to a “digital showroom” where they can view the new Volkswagen Beetle prototype. The interactive campaign will be available on HbbTV-based hybrid broadcast broadband TV and connected TV services. Kaleil Isaza […]

Skipper to captain ESPN

Global sports broadcaster ESPN has promoted programming boss John Skipper to the position of president as long time boss George Bodenheimer becomes executive chairman. Bodenheimer is currently president of ESPN and ABC Sports and co-chair of Disney Media Networks and he will relinquish his day-to-day operating responsibilities as of January 1. He will continue to […]

AMC names senior counsel

International channel operator AMC Networks has appointed John Derderian as senior counsel for its global channels arm AMC/Sundance Channel Global. Derderian will be in charge of all legal issues at the company and will negotiate carriage deals with cable, satellite, IPTV, and other pay television operators in Europe, Asia, and Latin America as the company […]

TV4 launches ‘freemium’ Play service on iPads

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has launched an iPad app for its TV4 Play on-demand service, following earlier launches on the web, on Android devices including Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and on the LG smart TVs. TV4 Play is based on a ‘freemium’ model, with viewers able to access catch-up content from the group’s linear channel free for […]

Minimax gets Slovenian deal

Minimax, the kids channel operated by Liberty Global’s content division Chello, has launched in Slovenia after inking a carriage deal with Telekom Slovenije. The IPTV platform rolled out the kids channel last week with content tailored to local viewers. “We feel privileged that our relatively small market with a unique local language is getting the […]

Sky, ESPN net Scottish soccer rights

BSkyB and ESPN have inked a five-year deal for rights to soccer matches from the Scottish Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The new agreement runs from the 2012/13 season to the 2016/17 season and each of the UK pay TV broadcasters will show 30 live games per season. Financial details were not disclosed, but the value […]

Mediaset launches new Premium Play service

Italian pay TV operator Mediaset has launched a new premium service that will allow customers to watch content on a wide range of devices. The company has launched Mediaset Premium Play, which will allow its premium subs to watch up to 2,000 TV series and films through a digital-terrestrial television box with a decoder, through […]