Sky will show 3D Lion King

BSkyB will transmit a 3D version of Disney movie The Lion King on its 3D channel. Disney is launching  a 3D version of the film in movie theaters through September. UK pay TV operator Sky will then transit the 3D version on its TV channel in December and the regular 2D version will be screened […]

BBC Worldwide offloads magazines for £121 million

BBC Worldwide, the commercial division of UK public broadcaster the BBC, has sold its magazines unit to private equity firm Exponent. The deal gives Exponent all of BBC Worldwide’s non-BBC branded magazines and rights to publish branded titles under license as well as specialist publisher Origin. Separately, Worldwide has sold its 50% share in Indian […]

TV4 wins Sweden World Cup qualifying rights

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has secured the TV rights to all of Sweden’s World Cup qualifying matches for the 2014 tournament. The broadcaster had already won rights to broadcast Sweden’s home matches from September next year but will now also air the team’s away games. Sweden has been drawn against Germany, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Kazakhstan […]

Drese fits for Viacom

Viacom International Media Networks has recruited Macky Drese as vice-presidnet, international sales at VBSI, the company’s in-house advertising group. Macky joins from MCBX, a “social engagement agency”, where he was managing director.

Analysts positive on Scripps’ UKTV deal

Analysts have reacted positively to Scripps Networks Interactive’s £339 million (€386 million) deal for a 50% share in UK digital channel group UKTV. Credit ratings agency Moody’s says that Scripps can easily afford to find the deal from its cash reserves, which stood at US$713 million (€497 million) at end-June. The agency said Scripps will […]

Viasat launching news broadcasts in Ghana

Viasat will launch a daily news programme on its Ghanaian channel, Viasat1, starting August 15.  The channel, which launched three years ago and has a viewing share of over 17%, will launch Viasat1 News as a daily, 30-minute news broadcast going out at 19:30. The main news anchors will be Emmanuel Kwasi Afriyie, Nana Ekua […]

Scripps acquires Virgin Media stake in UKTV

US-based Scripps Networks Interactive has struck a deal to acquire Virgin Media’s 50% stake in UKTV. Scripps will pay £239 million (€273 million) for Virgin Media’s common equity and a further £100 million for the outstanding preferred shares and debt owned by UKTV to Virgin Media. BBC Worldwide will retain its 50% stake in UKTV. […]

US authorities extend News Corp investigation

Authorities in the US have reportedly widened the scope of their investigation into the activities of the newspaper division of media giant News Corp. The initial focus was whether journalists at News International hacked into the phones of victims of the 9/11 attacks on the US. The News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal now claims that […]

Scandinavian Canal Plus to launch new HD channels

TV4 Group-owned Scandinavian pay TV service Canal Plus is to launch new HD channels in the autumn. Canal Plus First HD, an HD version of the group’s most popular film channel, will launch on August 19. Another HD version of an existing Canal Plus movie channel, Canal Plus Hits HD, will launch in October. Canal […]

Kabel BW to carry ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels

German cable operator Kabel BW will offer ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels SAT.1 HD, ProSieben HD, Kabel Eins HD and Sixx HD on its platform from Monday August 15. The German broadcaster has renewed its carriage deal with Kabel BW that, as well as the addition of the HD channels, will add pay TV channels Sat.1 Comedy […]