Broadcasters


ESPN and BBC to share darts coverage

British public broadcaster the BBC is to share coverage of the 2012 World Professional Darts Championship with ESPN after the pay broadcaster snapped up some rights. The Disney-backed broadcaster has struck a deal with governing body British Darts Organization (BDO) to air evening matches of the tournament, which is hosted in January 2012. The BBC, […]

Poland set for DTH merger

Polish media company ITI and its subsidiary TVN have agreed to form a strategic partnership with pay TV group Canal Plus. The deal will see TVN and Canal Plus merging their pay TV activities to create a common DTH platform with a subscriber base in excess of 2.5 million. TVN is expected to combine its […]

Al Jazeera launches sports streaming service

Middle Eastern broadcaster Al Jazeera is launching a digital streaming sports service. The company will air over 13,000 live events per year on the Aljazeerasport.tv site, which will include content across all of its Al Jazeera Sports TV channels as well as its entire comprehensive rights portfolio. The service, which will launch online as well […]

Discovery to expand ID distribution following ad growth

Discovery Communications is to accelerate the international expansion of its crime and investigation network ID following increased ratings in the United States. The international factual channel operator announced plans to ramp up global distribution of the network, which was formerly known as Investigation Discovery, following its third quarter financial results. President and chief executive officer […]

Freeview passes three million HD viewers

British digital terrestrial television service Freeview has over three million high definition users, latest figures have revealed. Freeview, the organisation that operates the country’s free-to-air digital television service, has seen 3.1 million television sets and set-top boxes sold since it launched its high definition service in March 2010. The HD service operates four HD channels […]

Channel 4’s 4oD views continue to rise

Channel 4’s on-demand viewing figures continued to rise in September, with 33 million long form VOD views requested across all platforms during the month, an increase on the 31 million views recorded in August. Up to the end of September, long form VOD views numbered 308 million for the year-to-date, up 19.3% year-on-year. 4oD on […]

Discovery names Bennett SVP programming

International factual channel operator Discovery has promoted Kevin Bennett to senior vice-president, programming and research of its ID, Military Channel and Planet Green channels. The move marks Bennett’s return to crime and investigation network Investigation Discovery after he was part of the launch team four years ago. Bennett has been with Discovery Communications for 15 […]

SeeSaw finally closes down

UK online TV service SeeSaw has closed down. The end of SeeSaw comes after Bebo owners Criterion Capital Partners, which acquired a majority stake in the online TV service in July, failed to find new funding for the project. The website, which grew out of the BBC’s abortive Project Kangaroo, the technology for which was […]

Viasat takes on CTC distribution


Viasat has inked a deal with Russian broadcaster CTC and will handle the distribution of the international version of the Russian channel in the Baltics. The exclusive agreement runs for five years and will see the CTC-International carried on Viasat’s pay TV platform in the region as well as on third-party pay TV systems. The […]

Mediaset and private equity group in Endemol talks


Mediaset and private equity fund Clessidra are discussing injecting €400-500 million of cash into debt-ridden producer and distributor Endemol, according to an Italian press report. According to the report, Italian broadcaster Mediaset, an Endemol shareholder, and Clessidra are eyeing relaunching a recapitalised Endemol as a way of averting existing creditors from converting debt into equity […]