MTG looks to more production deals following Paprika acquisition

Pan European broadcaster Modern Times Group is looking to make more acquisitions and strike more deals with producers following its purchase of central and eastern European producer Paprika Latino. 
 The broadcaster, which operates 29 free-to-air channels in 11 countries and 38 pay TV networks in 34 countries as well as producer Strix, bought 53% […]

Turner closes TNT in Turkey

Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) has closed its general entertainment channel TNT in Turkey. The broadcaster has closed the channel “with immediate effect” as a result of poor performance. “TNT Turkey has not performed and grown according to the business plan. This led to a thorough business review, which concluded with this carefully considered decision,” the […]

Time Warner grows stake in CME

US media firm Time Warner has increased its stake in CEE broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME). The company has acquired 9.9 million shares of the company’s Class A common stock, which means that its ownership increases to 40% on a diluted basis. Ronald Lauder has also increased his stake with the purchase of 2.2 […]

GlobeCast delivers beIN Sport solutions

Broadcast services provider GlobeCast has been chosen as a technical partner for the launch of Al Jazeera’s new sports channels for the French market. GlobeCast has coordinated various satellite capacities, provided fibre contribution links and is running an IPTV headend for the distribution of the beIN Sport 1 and 2 channels. BeIN Sport 1 launched […]

BBC launches live mobile coverage of Euro 2012

The BBC has launched live and on-demand broadcasts of Euro 2012 football on mobile phones in time for England’s match against Sweden today. Viewers can now watch all Euro 2012 matches broadcast by the BBC live and on-demand via iPhones, iPod touches with iOS version 5.0 and above and on the iPad and on Android […]

HBO channels deal with KPN

Dutch pay TV provider KPN has struck a deal with US premium cable network HBO that will see a raft of channels and interactive services available to subscribers. Customers of KPN’s service that have interactive TV subscriptions, including those through its broadband services Telfort and XS4ALL, will have access to commercial-free, linear channels HBO, HBO2 […]

HbbTV faces hurdles to wide-scale adoption, ANGA attendees told

HbbTV still faces a number of issues that are stalling widespread adoption of the hybrid broadcast-broadband TV standard, according to participants on a Smart TV strategy panel at the ANGA Cable Congress yesterday afternoon. Marcus Dimpfel, strategy and business development chief at commercial broadcaster RTL Group said that his company was supporting HbbTV. He said […]

MTG secures key golf rights

Modern Times Group has signed a number of agreements to extend its exclusive broadcasting rights in the Nordic and Baltic countries for various golf tournaments. The new agreements are valid until the end of 2015. Deals have been signed for the PGA European Tour, the World Golf Championships, Ryder Cup, The Open, US PGA Championship, […]

MTG acquires stake in CEE production company

Pan regional European broadcaster Modern Times Group has acquired a majority stake in central and eastern European production company Papriko Latino as it looks to expand its production business. The broadcaster, which operates 29 free-to-air channels in 11 countries and 38 pay TV networks in 34 countries as well as producer Strix, has bought 53% […]

Former Disney exec to head Nickelodeon UK’s digital output

Nickelodeon UK has poached Suzie Adams from rival Disney to be responsible for all of the company’s digital output on social media sites and apps. Adams was previously senior manager, digital and social marketing, Disney Channels, UK and EMEA, where she worked on projects including online site Disney Superbia. She will become digital director, Nickelodeon […]