France 24 toasts Arabic successes

A year on from France 24’s launch of its 24-hour Arabic channel, the news broadcaster is celebrating various landmarks for the channel. In Tunisia, France 24 has become the second most widely watched international news channel by opinion leaders on a daily basis after Al Jazeera, according to Tunisian institute Sigma Conseil, and the third […]

Discovery hires digital chief

Discovery Communications has appointed former NBC Universal executive Jean-Briac Perrette as chief digital officer. Perrette, who was previously president, digital and affiliate distribution and content distribution strategy at the Hollywood studio, will lead Discovery’s digital strategy that includes a number of websites such as as well as its digital distribution efforts including deals with […]

French government mulls expansion of free DTT offering

The French government wants to authorise the launch of six new channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform, according to local reports. A meeting of ministers is expected this week to take a firm decision. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the government is minded to ask regulator the CSA to launch an appeal for bids […]

Sky Italia tops five million

News Corp-backed pay TV platform Sky Italia has exceeded the five million subscriber mark and said that it expects the customer growth to continue.
 CEO Andrea Zappia, who replaced Tom Mockridge in August, said: “In a challenging market, I feel confident that we can continue to grow by continuing to invest in creativity and innovation. […]

Disney outlines succession plan

Disney boss Bob Iger has extended his contract with the company and announced a long term plan that will see the executive transition to chairman before ultimately stepping down in 2016. Iger’s current deal with Disney, which started in 2008, was scheduled to expire in January. Under the terms of his new deal, Iger will […]

Ofcom clears Al Jazeera

UK communications regulator Ofcom has cleared Al Jazeera of any infringement of the broadcasting rules relating to its coverage of leaked documents concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict. A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) had complained of unfair treatment and invasion of privacy, but the claim was rejected by Ofcom, which said the broadcaster […]

Travel Channel HD launches on Zon

Travel Channel has launched the HD version of its channel on Portuguese pay TV provider Zon Multimédia’s line-up. Travel Chanel HD is available as part of Zon’s Pack Mais Alta Definição package, airing 24 hours a day. Flagship shows include destination guide Essential, Inside Luxury Travel and magazine show Travel Today.

ZDF to expand HbbTV, online offering

German public broadcaster ZDF plans to expand its zdf-de Telemedia, and portals and launch new HbbTV offerings. The broadcaster will make short news, sports and weather programmes available via HbbTV in addition to its existing ZDFmediathek offerings. Documentary channel Phoenix will add new social networking features and 3sat is developing an app for […]

TF1 reportedly ready to abandon free-to-air plan for LCI

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has abandoned its attempt to migrate its information channel LCI from pay to free-to-air on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform, according to local press. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the broadcaster is close to signing a new carriage deal with pay TV operator Canal Plus. However, the broadcaster told the paper that […]

Eurosport launches new app

Sports broadcaster Eurosport has launched a new score centre app for iPhones. The free Livescore app provides scores, results and goal alerts from live matches across a range of team and individual sports, including football, rugby, tennis, volleyball, handball, ice hockey and basketball. The app is available in nine languages – English, German, Spanish, Italian, […]