BBC Worldwide Channels appoints EMEA development VP

BBC Worldwide Channels has appointed Nina Laricheva as vice-president development for its EMEA business. Laricheva will be responsible for driving revenue growth and the strategic development of the business’ thematic portfolio of channels, including BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Entertainment, CBeebies and BBC HD, as well as for BBC World News, the BBC’s commercially funded […]

MTG reorganises management team

Nordic free and pay TV broadcaster Modern Times Group (MTG) has named Jørgen Madsen as executive vice-president of Nordic Broadcasting and Anders Nilsson as executive vice-president of central European broadcasting. The appointments are part of a reorganisation of MTG’s management team. MTG’s Nordic pay TV operations will now be run by Hans Skarplöth, who will […]

ODG to deliver ITV content to Three

On Demand Group is to distribute commercial broadcaster ITV’s content to mobile operator Three’s customers. The deal will see shows delivered to Three UK’s mobile SVOD and catch-up service. Series including X-Factor, Coronation Street, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Secret Diary of a Call Girl will be available via Three’s tv:ondemand mobile […]

Discovery Networks makes international appointments

Discovery Networks has announced a raft of international appointments. Doug Baker, formerly chief financial officer at Discovery Networks International (DNI) has been promoted to the position of executive vice-president and CFO. He is responsible for leading all financial aspects of DNI, including oversight of regional CFOs in western Europe, CEEMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific. […]

MTG gets NHL hockey rights

Modern Times Group has acquired the exclusive distribution rights to the National Hockey League (NHL) in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland from Medge Consulting. The rights include exclusive live coverage on free-to-air TV, pay TV and the internet until the end of the 2015-16 season. Swedish viewers will be able to watch live NHL games […]

Sky refutes BBC claim for retransmission fees to be dropped

BSkyB’s group commercial director Rob Webster has hit back at the BBC after the commercial broadcaster claimed Sky should drop the £10 million (€11 million) in fees it charges to retransmit its 49 TV and radio channels. The BBC is lobbying for the charges to be dropped in the face of substantial cuts but Webster, […]

First brands sign up to Channel 4’s interactive ad formats

Channel 4 has signed up the first brands to use its new interactive ad formats. Confectionary company Mikado will be the first brand to run online adverts using the new Ad Bloom format, which allows the advert to develop from an in-player ad pre roll to a microsite within the player. This can be populated […]

Modern Times Group ups sales and revenues

Modern Times Group has reported an 8% increase in revenues of SEK9.8 billion (€1 billion) for the first nine months of the year. The broadcast group’s pre-tax profit for the period was SEK1.3 billion. For the three months to end-September, revenues were up 4%, taking the total to SEK3.1 billion.
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ITV to deliver first mobile catch-up service with Three

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has struck its first mobile TV catch-up deal with mobile operator Three UK. Seachange International-owned On Demand Group has been chosen by ITV to deliver the latter’s content to smartphones via Three’s mobile network. Under the terms of the deal, Three’s customers will be able to watch a selection of the […]

France 24 editorial director resigns

The editorial director of news channel France 24, Jean Lesieur, has resigned. According to the AFP news agency, Lesieur resigned over differences with parent body Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France’s CEO Alain de Pouzhilac over the allocation of salary increases to editorial staff.