BBC Worldwide launching Facebook VOD

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, is launching a Facebook application that will allow subscribers to the social network to watch full episodes of motoring series Top Gear. The video-on-demand application will allow viewers to purchase or rent episodes of the Jeremy Clarkson-fronted competition series using Facebook credits. The application was […]

TLC boosts eastern European presence

Discovery Networks International is expanding the European footprint of its female-skewing channel TLC with launches in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The channel will be available in the new markets from September 1. DNI said TLC, which is a year old, is on course to be in 100 million homes by the end of […]

CME launches Slovenian pay bouquet

Broadcast group Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has launched a bouquet of six pay TV channels in Slovenia. The six channels form the Pop Non Stop package that is being carried by operators Telemach and T2. The Pop Kino and Pop Kino 2 channels between them offer 150 blockbuster films a month. Pop Fani offers […]

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. […]