Trace strikes deal for Turkish sports channel

France-based niche content provider Trace has signed a deal with Turkish sports production company Enda Sports & Media whereby the latter will produce and distribute a Turkish version of its Trace Sports channel, as well as manage content syndication and advertising sales. Olivier Laouchez, chairman and CEO of Trace, said: “Thanks to this strategic partnership […]

ONO launches Disney 3D

Spanish cable operator ONO has launched Disney 3D content to its TiVo-enabled set-tops. ONO viewers will be able to view Cars 2 3D via the TiVo service from today, which ONO says is the first time that a Spanish service provider has delivered 3D on-demand content from Disney. ONO’s TiVo service is now available across […]

Bouygues Telecom and Orange strike deal for TF1 channels

French service provider Bouygues Telecom and Orange/France Telecom have struck deals with French commercial broadcaster TF1 Group that will see a raft of six TF1 channels added to their pay TV platforms. The move will see channels including Ushuaïa TV, Histoire, TV Breizh, LCI, Eurosport and Eurosport 2 made available across Orange’s ADSL, fiber and […]

Williams to chair new BBC Trust international committee

The UK government has appointed Lord Michael Williams of Baglan to the BBC Trust, the broadcaster’s governing body. Williams will be the first BBC Trustee to take on an international role as part of his responsibilities. This will reinstate a position on the BBC’s governing body with specific oversight of the BBC’s international public services, […]

MTV Networks Africa hires Smit

MTV Networks Africa has appointed former M-Net executive Helen Smit as programming director, music. She will be responsible for programming across MTV Networks Africa’s portfolio of music channels including MTV, VH1 and MTV Base. She joins from the Baynounah Media Group in Abu Dhabi, where she was deputy director of programming for its English language […]

Hedge Fund becomes top ten News Corp shareholder

Regulatory filings have revealed that the Children’s Investment Fund (CIF), run by British hedge fund manager Chris Hohn, has bought 53.8 million shares in News Corp in the quarter to end September. CIF’s US$834 million (€614 million) investment in News makes the fund one of the top ten investors in the company’s Class A shares. […]

BBC Trust says World News broke guidelines

The BBC Trust has pinpointed 15 acquired programmes that broke editorial guidelines and has laid out new rules on acquisitions that mean the BBC will no longer buy any low-cost programmes for the channel or shows carrying any sponsorship or commercial message. Shows from indie producer FBC received the most criticism alongside programmes bought from […]

Channel 4 first to sign up for Rose’s Zeebox

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has teamed up with former YouView chief technology officer Anthony Rose’s Zeebox venture to deliver a social TV experience around the new E4 series Desperate Scousewives via the recently launched Zeebox app. Channel 4 and Zeebox will explore how the Zeebox app can be optimised by the introduction of specifically commissioned […]

MTG likely to take market share, say analysts

Modern Times Group is expected to take market share in the free-to-air broadcasting business in Scandinavia and grow it subscription pay TV services in the region, according to analysts. Investment bank Morgan Stanley has noted that the broadcast group is a strong medium-term investment option and is one of the most well positioned broadcasters in […]

ProSiebenSat.1 sells Bulgarian operations

Germany-based broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 group has sold its Bulgarian music TV channel Voice TV and the radio stations it owns in the country to A.E. Best Success Services Bulgaria for an undisclosed sum. Voice TV, which mostly airs music videos, was originally known as Veselina TV before it was acquired by SBS Broadcasting Group in 2006.