Discovery appoints former BBC Natural History head

Discovery has hired Andrew Jackson, the former head of the BBC’s Natural History Unit, in a key international production role. The international factual broadcaster has hired Jackson, one of the producers behind blue-chip titles including Planet Earth and Life, as executive vice-president, production and development, landmark series and specials. He will be part of Discovery’s […]

ESPN International appoints Rees as digital media head

ESPN International has appointed Arne Rees as vice-president, international digital media. Rees will be responsible for expanding the digital growth of ESPN around the world, working closely with the company’s regional offices. Rees was most recently vice-president of ESPN in the US, assisting George Bodenheimer, executive chairman of the sports broadcaster. “Digital properties throughout ESPN’s […]

Mediaset must invest to stay competitive, say analysts

Italian broadcaster Mediaset needs to continue to invest in order to protect its share of the television market, according to analysts. Investment bank Morgan Stanley noted that the broadcaster has been forced to implement its first cost cutting plan in recent history as a result of difficult conditions facing its domestic TV operations. “The rapidly […]

Al Jazeera names French sports channels

Al Jazeera has confirmed that its French sports channels will be named Be In Sport 1 and Be In Sport 2. “This choice reflects the spirit of both channels towards showing the biggest events live and in exclusively,” said Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, general manager of Al Jazeera Sport. The Qatar-based broadcaster now holds a significant part […]

BBC WW names Japan president

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, has appointed former Sony executive Ken Munekata as president, Japan. Munekata will be based in Tokyo and will report to Joyce Yeung, general manager and senior vice-president, BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution Asia. He will work across the company’s sales and distribution business, consumer products, […]

CNN to launch on DTT in Finland

International news broadcaster CNN is to launch via digital terrestrial television (DTT) in Finland after local authorities granted it a licence. The licence was granted to Turner Broadcasting Systems Europe by the Finnish government and will run until the end of 2016. The news channel has previously been available in the country via cable and […]

Global iPlayer will help BBC avoid fate of Kodak, says Littleford

BBC Worldwide’s Global iPlayer service will enable the BBC to hedge against the relative decline of linear viewing without cannibalising the existing content sales channels of the UK public broadcaster’s commercial arm, according to Matthew Littleford, general manager of Global iPlayer. Addressing the IP&TV World Forum in London this morning, Littleford said that the BBC […]

Al Jazeera to charge €11 for French sport channels

Al Jazeera is to charge a subscription price of €11 a month for its Sport 1 and Sport 2 channels in France, at the low end of the expected range of between €10-15, according to local reports. Al Jazeera holds a significant part of the rights to Ligue 1 football in France, including pay-per-view rights  […]

Scripps acquires UK’s Travel Channel

US-based channel operator Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI) is acquiring the UK’s Travel Channel. Scripps will pay US$65 million (€50 million) to buy TCI, operator of the Travel Channel, with the transaction expected to complete by July. TCI distributes the Travel Channel brand in 20 languages across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions. […]

UKTV gets BT Vision distribution

British thematic broadcaster UKTV has struck a video-on-demand deal with BT Vision, marking the first time that the company’s content will be available via an IPTV service. The three-year deal will see UKTV launch three of its pay channels – Watch, Gold and Alibi – as linear channels on BT Vision’s service. It will also […]