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 […]

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 […]