Sony opens distribution office in the Middle East

Sony Pictures Television is opening a sales office in Dubai. It will be run by Ziad Yaghi who has worked at Dubai Entertainment and Media Organisation, Tecom Authority and Orbit. Yaghi also founded the Dubai Film Market. SPT already has a production business in the Middle East after launching Sony Pictures Arabia in November 2010. […]

Freesat adds Argos TV

UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat has added the Argos TV shopping channel to its line-up. Freesat has also confirmed that it will add Chinese news service CCTV-News  to its line-up later this month. The Chinese service will be available on channel 211 on the platform. Argos TV, the shopping channel launched by the UK retail […]

EBU using SES for Pan American Games coverage

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has signed an occasional use capacity deal with SES for contribution and distribution of the 2011 Pan American Games taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico. The EBU is using over one transponder of C-band capacity on SES’ NSS-806 to bring the international sporting event to fans across Latin America and parts […]

Disney Channel going free-to-air in Turkey

Disney Channel is launching on Free Sat in Turkey, taking the kids and family offering into 60% of Turkey’s 18.5 million TV homes. The channel will launch on the free-to-air service on January 12 as an ad-supported service. “Turkey’s youthful population coupled with a high affinity for digital media create a perfect environment for this […]

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, […]