BBC reveals where cuts will fall

The BBC’s director-general Mark Thompson is today unveiling how the UK public broadcaster will cut its spending by 20% over the next five years to meet the stringent terms of the licence fee settlement agreed with the government last year. While no services are to be cut, BBC Two’s daytime budget is to be eliminated […]

SFR adds France Télévisions’ Pluzz to on-demand service

French service provider SFR has made public broadcaster France Télévisions’ catch-up TV service Pluzz available as part of its video-on-demand offering. From today, Pluzz will be available to SFR’s Neufbox Evolution customers. The service offers catch-up content from the public broadcaster’s five TV channels for seven days after their initial broadcast. Pluzz can be accessed […]

Discovery appoints international finance head

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has appointed Armando de Castro to the role of vice-president, finance. The promoted de Castro will guide the financial reporting and analysis activities of advertising sales, affiliate sales, content and operations along with the consolidation and divisional analytic activities of DNI’s regions, Asia-Pacific; Western Europe; central and eastern Europe, Middle East […]

Virgin Media boosts HD line-up with UKTV additions

Virgin Media is expanding its HD line-up with the addition of UKTV’s five HD channels. The UK cable operator will soon add Eden HD, Good Food HD, Watch HD and Dave HD to its platform, with Alibi HD to follow next year. This will take Virgin Media’s high-definition offering to 37 channels of which 24 […]

ProSiebenSat.1 strikes deal with Unitymedia, prepares growth plan

Liberty Global-owned German cable operator Unitymedia has struck a long-term cooperation agreement with commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 for carriage of the latter’s channels. The pair’s existing deal has been extended until 2013 and ProSiebenSat.1’s Sixx channel will be given extended carriage on Unitymedia’s analogue tier. ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels will also be carried by the operator. From […]

MTG extends presence in Africa

Modern Times Group (MTG) has launched its Viasat History and Viasat Nature pay TV channels in Uganda and Tanzania, following the signing of a distribution agreement with China-based digital-terrestrial television operator StarTimes. StarTimes will also include the channels in its pay TV offering in Nigeria. Viasat History and Viasat Nature are each being broadcast 12 […]

BBC updates Android news app

UK public broadcaster the BBC has updated its news app for Android devices. The update to the app, which was launched in July, provides homescreen widgets that offer at-a-glance view of headlines, directly on the Android homescreen, improved personalisation, with the ability to add, remove and reorder news categories, and the ability to store the […]

Euronews expands in East Africa with Zuku debut

African pay TV platform Zuku has added the English version of news channel Euronews to its line-up. Zuku DTH is currently available in Kenya, where it has 10,000 subscribers. It will launch in Uganda later this month and in Tanzania in November, where Zuku operator Wanachi is predicting 50,000 subscribers by the end of 2011. […]

Discovery launches more channels on DStv

Discovery Networks CEEMEA is to launch two new channels on the South Africa-based pay TV platform DStv. From October 14 Discovery ID (Investigation Discovery) and female-focused TLC will be available to DStv Premium and DStv Compact subscribers in South Africa and across the African continent. The launch of the channels takes Discovery Networks’ portfolio on […]

EBU names first media director

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has named Annika Nyberg Frankenhaeuser as its first media director. Nyberg Frankenhaeuser, who will take up her post in February, will lead the newly formed media department, which consolidates the activities of the television and radio departments, as well as news services. Since 2006 Nyberg Frankenhaeuser has been the director […]