Al Jazeera dismisses Kids channel chief and senior staff

The general manager and a swathe of senior staff at the Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) have been dismissed, leaving international production partners in the dark about the future of their projects.’s sister site TBIvision understands that general manager Mahmoud Bouneb (pictured) and up to 30 of the senior JCC management, including director of […]

Al Jazeera launches in the Balkans today

Al Jazeera’s news service for the Balkans rolls out today. From 18:00 local time today, the channel will be beamed to homes in the region via Eutelsat’s WC3 satellite at 16° East, reaching both cable and DTH homes. Al Jazeera Balkans will carry news, documentaries and current affairs programming and will be based in Sarajevo, […]

TF1 lowers guidance as ad market suffers

France’s leading commercial broadcaster TF1 has lowered its revenue guidance for 2011 as a result of lower than expected advertising revenues in the third quarter. The broadcaster now expects full-year sales to be down by about 1% year-on-year rather than flat. Third-quarter revenues were down 3.7% to €561.2 million, pushing the figure for the first […]

AMC Networks increased programming costs offset revenue increase

An increase in international revenue at AMC Networks international business was offset by increase programming and marketing costs in the cable channel group’s most recent quarter. US MSO Cablevision approved the spin-off of its US and international cable networks into a separate business, AMC Networks, in June. The new unit, which comprises the US and […]

Fox turns to Technicolor for Sons of Anarchy app

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is to launch an interactive application for its show Sons of Anarchy using Technicolor’s recently announced MediaEcho application feature set. According to Technicolor, the Sons of Anarchy application uses its BD-Live functionality and audio watermarking technology to deliver synchronized content and e-commerce capabilities to Apple iPads. Consumers can download the […]

BBC Worldwide names general counsel

BBC Worldwide, the UK broadcaster’s commercial arm, has named Martyn Freeman as its new general counsel. Freeman, who has been in charge of BBC Worldwide’s legal and business affairs since 2002, as group head and then director, will report to BBC Worldwide CEO John Smith and will be a member of BBC Worldwide’s executive board. […]

NHK and BBC will use Olympics to showcase Super Hi Vision

Japanese public broadcaster NHK and its UK counterpart the BBC have confirmed that they are joining forces to showcase their Super Hi-Vision next generation TV service at the London Olympics next year. There will be public viewings using the Super  Hi-Vision system, which transmits images in sixteen times the resolution of regular high definition, in […]

Viasat launches Viaplay on Apple mobile devices

Viasat has launched a version of its online TV service on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The Viaplay app is available in Denmark, Norway and Sweden and can be downloaded from Apple’s proprietary digital App store. Subscribers will be able to use the app to access the three online TV packages, TV, TV+Film and TV+Film+Sport.

Grieder leaves Nickelodeon

Steve Grieder has left Nickelodeon and his position will not be filled, Informa Telecoms & Media understands. Grieder was executive senior vice president, international programme sales, at Nickelodeon International and has now left the Viacom-owned kids channel operator.
He told colleagues he was leaving before MIPCOM although he was at the trade show in Cannes in […]

Turner selects Digital Rapids for multiscreen transcoding

Turner Broadcasting System, the broadcaster behind Cartoon Network and CNN amongst others, is using video technology company Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD multi-format encoding systems and the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated transcoding software for multiscreen delivery. The solutions transform live feeds and on-demand content for delivery to multiple viewing platforms. 
StreamZHD encoders are used by Turner’s network […]