Fox names pay TV and SVOD EVP

Hollywood studio Fox has promoted Gina Brogi to executive vice president, worldwide pay television and subscription video-on-demand. Brogi will be in charge of Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution’s international SVOD growth as well as the distribution of the studio’s film and television series to pay TV clients around the world. 
She will report to Mark […]

France 24 expands in US

France 24 has expanded its reach in the US after signing a new distribution agreement with WANN TV. The deal means the English version of the news channel will be available throughout Atlanta. France 24 said its penetration in the US increased by 50% in the first half of 2011. Its French and English channels […]

Freesat adds Massive R&B channel

Freesat, the UK free-to-air satellite service, has added music channel Massive R&B to its line-up. The channel airs music videos, interviews and chart countdowns. It joins Freesat’s other music channels NME TV, Bliss, Chart Show TV, Flava and the Vault. Freesat’s head of channels, Mark Briggs said: “We are proud to be increasing our music […]

Euronews to launch general iOS and Android app, Polish version penciled in for 2012

Euronews is planning to launch a unified Euronews application for iOS and Android devices, as well as an app specifically designed for people on the move. The pan-European news broadcaster has already delivered apps related to specific content – specifically its No Comment TV YouTube channel and a Euronews Live app – but this will […]

Al Jazeera head replaced by Qatari royal

Wadah Khanfar has stepped down as general director of Al Jazeera. Khanfar, who has run the international news and kids broadcaster for the last eight year, has been replaced by Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, an executive at Qatargas and a member of the Qatari royal family. Al Jazeera, which is based in Doha […]

Jewish News 1 launches today

Jewish News 1 (JN1), a new 24-hour Brussels-based English-language channel offering news from a Jewish perspective, launches today, kicking off with a launch event at 16:00. The channel, which currently has studios in Tel Aviv, Brussels and Kyiv, plans to air in seven further languages, including Hebrew, French, Italian, Russian and German, later. It also […]

MTG extends Champions League rights in the Baltics

Modern Times Group has extended the broadcasting rights it holds to UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League football in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for a further three years. The rights include broadcast coverage on free-to-air TV, pay TV, mobiles and the internet until the end of the 2014/2015 championship. MTG will broadcast all Champions […]

Sky Italia and Mediaset bag Serie A rights

Italian pay TV operator Sky Italia and broadcaster Mediaset have had their bids for the broadcast rights to top football league Serie A accepted, according to various reports. Lega Calcio, the governing body of Italy’s soccer leagues, invited bids for three seasons covering 2012-2015. The new deal with News Corp’s Sky Italia will see the […]

MTG hires Patrick Svensk

Modern Times Group (MTG) has hired Partick Svensk, the former Zodiak executive who left that company following its acquisition of RDF last year. At channel operator and programmer MTG, Svensk will be vice-president, content and chairman of MTG’s Modern Studios business. He will effectively oversee all of MTG’s content businesses including production house Strix. MTG […]

Turner launches Glitz in Germany

Turner Broadcasting System is launching lifestyle and general entertainment channel Glitz in Germany. This marks the first international roll out of the channel following its successful launch across Latin America in May 2011, where it replaced the Fashion TV channel. The channel will launch on Kabel Deutschland’s pay TV platform in May 2012 and will […]