Broadcasters


MacLellan announces NBCU exec roster

Kevin MacLellan has announced his executive team at NBC Universal International. MacLellan assumed the president, international television, role at NBC Universal following the NBCU-Comcast merger last year and he has now detailed which executives will fill which senior positions. The new structure sees Ken Bettsteller return to the fold. Formerly COO of E! Entertainment, now […]

Warner Bros’ Italian chief Ferrari steps down

Warner Bros’ long-serving Italian boss Paolo Ferrari is retiring after 21 years at the Hollywood studio. Ferrari will leave his position as president and managing director, Warner Bros Entertainment Italy, next spring. In a long career in the entertainment business, Ferrari also worked for Columbia Tri-Star and MGM. He will be succeeded by Barbara Salabè. […]

Eurosport launches HD for Asia Pacific

Eurosport has added a HD channel to its Asia Pacific portfolio. Eurosport Asia-Pacific HD will join Eurosport Asia-Pacific and Eurosportnews, which are distributed in 19 countries and territories across the region. TFN Media and Kbro in Taiwan and SkyLife in South Korea are the first distribution platforms to be announced for the new channel. “Eurosport […]

Chello DMC to playout Fox’s new food channel

Broadcast services provider Chello DMC has been selected to provide playout, delivery services and content management for Fox International Channel’s new food lifestyle channel, 24Kitchen. The channel, a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and food and cosmetics firm Jan Dekker Holding, will launch in the Netherlands on October 1 on the Ziggo, UPC, Caiway […]

Film 4 takes on iTunes with movie download service

Film 4, the movie channel operated by UK broadcaster Channel 4, has launched a download-to-rent service that it claims will offer more new releases than any other service, including iTunes, Lovefilm and Blinkbox. Users of Film4oD are charged between £0.99 (€0.86) and £3.99 per download. Films are viewable as soon as they start downloading and […]

Fox cooks up Dutch channel



Fox International Channels is launching a round-the-clock cooking channel in the Netherlands. 24Kitchen will roll out on on October 1 on the Ziggo, UPC, Caiway and Glashart’s pay TV services, reaching three million viewers. The channel will be a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and food and cosmetics firm Jan Dekker Holding. It will […]

BBC Knowledge to launch Lonely Planet block

BBC Knowledge, the British public broadcaster’s international factual channel, is launching a Lonely Planet programming block from November 1. The branded programming block is the first time the travel brand, which was fully acquired by the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide in September, has been integrated into its international channels group. The block will launch […]

Fox Channels launches sports division

Fox International Channels has launched a sports division and has hired Peter Hutton to run it. The division – FIC Sports – is a joint venture between Fox’s global channels arm and Fox Sports Media Group. It will manage the syndication of Fox Sports content worldwide and will centralise the company’s wide array of international […]

HBO names legal head for CEO

HBO Central Europe has appointed Gordon Finlayson as general counsel. Finlayson, who was previously head of legal at Middle Eastern pay TV operator Showtime Arabia and OSN, will lead legal operations at the company’s operations in fourteen countries in central and eastern Europe. He will be based in Budapest, Hungary and will report to chief […]

Contract wrangle holds up A+E’s Ian Jones S4C appointment


Ian Jones has reportedly been chosen as the new chief executive of Welsh-language broadcaster S4C, but cannot be officially installed in the position because of a contract wrangle with current employer A+E Networks.
 A+E declined to comment, but it is known that Jones is still under the terms of a long term deal with A+E […]