Broadcasters


News Corp looking for new acquisitions

Having ditched its bid for the chunk of BSkyB it does not own, News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and COO Chase Carey both said last night that the company will actively pursue other acquisitions. Analysts estimated that the media giant would, at its current rate of growth, have a war chest of US$20 […]

UKTV poaches Tennant

British thematic channel operator UKTV has poached ITV executive Emma Tennant to become controller. Tennant was previously controller of digital channels at the free-to-air commercial broadcaster, where she looked after channels including ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4. She will be in charge of UKTV’s portfolio of 10 channels as well as its digital activities. She will […]

Mediaset and Rai in court over Endemol talent format



Pier Silvio Berlusconi has weighed into an ongoing battle over Endemol talent format Baila! Berlusconi, son of Italian prime minister Silvio and deputy chairman of Italian broadcaster Mediaset, refuted claims that Baila! is a copy of Ballando con le stele, the local version of Dancing with the Stars, which is aired by public broadcaster Rai. […]

Outdoor Channel launches in Serbia and Ukraine

Chello Zone-owned Outdoor Channel will be carried in Serbia and Ukraine after carriage deals were concluded with pay TV operators. In Serbia, the channel will be carried on Open IPTV, the IPTV service operated by the country’s largest telco, Telekom Srbija. In Ukraine it will be on the Volia in the cabler’s HD and SD […]

ESPN Goals app now available

Sports channel ESPN’s ESPN Goals app is now available to download for iPhone and Android-based devices free of charge. ESPN Goals allows sports fans to view all goals from English Premier League matches within a few minutes of the action taking place. The enhanced app features video clips of all goals and other highlights, pre-match […]

Rovi in Channel 4 connected TV ad trial

Digital TV technology company Rovi is carrying out interactive advertising trials in the UK, using ads from Twentieth Century Fox and Channel 4. The movie studio and UK broadcaster will use Rovi’s advertising technologies to run advertising campaigns on connected TVs, Blu-ray players and other internet connected devices. They will offer interactive capabilities including multimedia […]

History expands in Romania with Romtelecom

A&E Networks’ History channel is expanding in Romania with a launch on Romtelecom’s IPTV and DTH platforms. History will be available to Romtelecom subscribers on its DTH and IPTV Extra and Maxim packages. The channel is programmed and operated in Romania by AETN UK, a joint venture between A&E Networks and UK pay TV operator […]

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD to launch on Sky Deutschland

Fox HD and Nat Geo Wild HD are to launch on Sky Deutschland in Germany and Austria later this year. The two channels will launch on Sky on October 15, exclusive to the News Corp-backed pay TV platform. Entertainment channel Fox HD will air shows including Mad Men and Walking Dead in HD quality, while […]

Former CNN exec to take over at Current TV

Former CNN executive David Bohrman has been appointed president of Current TV. He will join the Al Gore-backed broadcaster, which operates a cable network in the US as well as on a raft of international platforms, following the departure of CEO Mark Rosenthal. Bohrman will oversee programming, production, broadcast operations, digital and technology and will […]

New iPlayer for connected TVs

The BBC has announced plans to build the presence of iPlayer on TV sets. The public broadcaster has launched a new version of its catch-up platform for TVs, with PlayStation 3 users the first to benefit. The new version of the on-demand catch-up platform offers a simplified and intuitive user interface designed to replicate the […]