French external media boosted by France 24 Arabic launch

The channels run by France’s external media organisation, Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France (AEF), have doubled their audience worldwide in the last three years, the AEF has said. News channel France 24, and radio services RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya reached a combined weekly audience of over 90 million viewers and listeners last year, compared […]

Lagardère names Micoleau as programming chief

Lagardère has named Laurent Micoleau as programming chief at its Lagardère Active media arm. In the role of secretary-general for programming and broadcast TV, Micoleau will be charged with leading programming strategy for the company’s channels in France and internationally and supervising programme acquisition and production. Micoleau, who was previously secretary-general for broadcast channels, will […]

BBC confirms Olympic 3D coverage

The BBC has confirmed that it will air some Olympic events, including the men’s 100 metre final, in 3D. The public broadcaster will also deliver 3D coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies and a highlights package at the end of each day. 3D content will be available via the BBC’s HD channel on all […]

CME’s Voyo launches on Samsung TVs

Pan-CEE broadcast group CME has inked a deal with Samsung to make the Voyo catch-up service available on Samsung connected TVs. The deal means that consumers buying the relevant TV set will be able to access a raft of paid-for content from Voyo, the subscription and transaction-based VOD service that CME has rolled out in […]

Tellenbach: TVN and Canal Plus to retain stakes in merged operation

TVN and Canal Plus Group intend to retain their stakes in their joint pay TV company, despite interest expressed by Telekomunikacja Polska (TP) in taking a stake, according to reports. TVN and Canal Plus agreed in December to create a joint enterprise, merging respective pay TV services ‘n’ and Cyfra Plus into one company, under […]

TF1 revenues remain stable

TF1 said it expects revenues will remain flat this year, despite economic uncertainties. The Bouygues-owned French broadcaster posted revenues of €2.6 billion for 2011, the same amount as a year earlier. Revenue from the Broadcasting France division totalled €2.1 billion, up 1.2% due to strong performances from TF1 Entreprises, e-TF1 and the Production business. Revenue […]

Eurosport extends skiing deal

Sports broadcaster Eurosport has extended its rights deal with the International Ski Federation (FIS) for a range of skiing events. The new deal runs through the 2015/16 season and covers FIS World Cup events as well as ski jumping, cross country and freestyle skiing events.
The new deal gives Eurosport live TV rights across its European […]

EBU launches integrated production programme

The European Broadcasting Union has launched a new strategic programme that aims to help members to integrate production processes for multiplatform distribution. “Traditionally, broadcasters have produced content for their different platforms using separate facilities. Attempts to access content for integrated and networked production have therefore been costly and have usually relied on customised, and therefore […]

CTC Media signs Globecast to distribute international channel

CTC Media will see its international channel available to more than 120 million television households across Western and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia after the Russian broadcaster inked a deal with satellite service provider Globecast. The company will have its international network – CTC International – made […]

Chello Multicanal chooses Actus for monitoring

Israel-based media monitoring and management specialist Actus Digital has been chosen by Liberty Global’s content arm Chellomedia to provide its Actus monitoring and analysis system to Chello Multicanal’s Barcelona facility. The Actus installation is used by Chello Multicanal staff including the programming department to monitor all distributed channels, advertising for proof of delivery of commercials, […]