Broadcasters


Discovery shakes up programme sales operation

Factual channel operator and programmer Discovery Communications has rejigged its programme sales team in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region. It has created a new role, regional director of programme sales, at its Discovery Enterprises International (DEI) unit. Saevar Lemke will fill the position and oversee programme sales to third parties in the EMEA […]

Investors accuse News Corp of ignoring misconduct and shareholders interests

A group of US union and pension fund investors in News Corp, led by New York-based Amalgamated Bank, has lodged a legal complaint against the media giant’s board, including Rupert Murdoch, accusing it of ignoring misconduct by subsidiaries, including conditional access provider NDS. Linking the phone hacking scandal in the UK to other News Corp […]

Discovery eyes January FTA launch for Spain

Discovery Networks International has announced plans for a new free-to-air channel for Spain. Scheduled for launch in January 2012, the as yet unnamed channel will offer news and current affairs programming created by Spanish publishing group Unidad Editorial. It will launch on Spain’s DTT network. Dee Forbes, president and managing director, Discovery Networks Western Europe, […]

Mediaset launches channel in Israel

Mediaset Italia is to launch in Israel after distributor Chello Zone struck a carriage deal with Israeli cable platform HOT. The move means that the international version of the Italian commercial broadcaster will launch to around 900,000 HOT subscribers. It will air series from Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4. Patricio Teubal, head of […]

TV4 hires distribution head

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has appointed David Österlund as head of distribution. Österlund has worked for TV4 Group for 14 years, most recently as head of business development within distribution. He will take up his new position on October 1.

TV technology organizations issue anti-interference recommendations

DigiTAG, the EBU, BNE and ACT today have issued a new set of formal recommendations aimed at ensuring the adoption of technical safeguards to protect from harmful interference television services delivered by the digital-terrestrial TV platform. Interference may result from telecoms transmissions emitted from fixed base station towers, known as ‘downlink interference’, or from signals […]

Magyar Telekom takes more capacity on Amos

Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom has signed a deal with Hungarian telco Magyar Telekom to provide additional capacity for its DTH service, T-Home SatTV, on the Amos platform at 4 degrees West. The US$7 million (EUR5 million) agreement comes on top of a previous deal, also valued at US$7 million. Magyar Telekom currently has over 260,000 […]

Discovery in management shuffle

International factual channel operator Discovery Communications has made a number of executive changes in its latest management shuffle. Marc Etkind, who was previously vice-president, development at Animal Planet, will lead Planet Green as senior vice-president, content strategy and Ed Hersh, who was previously senior vice-president, strategic planning for Investigation Discovery and the Military Channel, becomes […]

France 24 Entertains in Germany

France 24 has expanded its distribution in Germany by signing a carriage deal with Deutsche Telekom. The English version of the channel is now available on Entertain, Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV platform. The deal will bring France 24 to an additional 1.3 million German households, taking its footprint in the country to over 20 million homes. […]

Intelsat renews deals in Russia and Romania

Satellite operator Intelsat has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Russian DTH operator Orion Express. Under the deal, Intelsat will move a Ku-band satellite to 85° East by the first quarter of 2012 to offer extended capacity to Orion for standard- and high-definition content. The satellite will ensures signal reception from Russia’s western borders to […]