BSkyB names new independent directors

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has named Martin Gilbert and Matthieu Pigasse as independent non-executive directors. The pair are expected to take up their positions on the board on November 29 following the retirement of David Evans and Allan Leighton. Gilbert is founder shareholder and CEO of fund management group Aberdeen Asset Management, while Pigasse […]

Pressure mounts on James Murdoch ahead of Sky AGM

Shareholder advisory group Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) has advised investors to vote against re-electing James Murdoch chairman of UK pay TV platform BSkyB. PIRC said that Murdoch’s involvement in the ongoing newspaper phone-hacking scandal engulfing News International risks impacting negatively on Sky’s image. Murdoch is COO of News Corp, the largest shareholder in […]

BSkyB urges shareholders to back James Murdoch ahead of AGM vote

The directors of BSkyB have written to shareholders, urging them to back under-fire chairman James Murdoch. Shareholders will vote on whether Murdoch should continue in his BSkyB role at the pay TV operator’s AGM, which is scheduled for next Thursday.
 One institutional BSkyB investor, the Association of British Insurers, has publicly expressed its concerns, noting […]

A+E Networks hires marketing boss

A+E Networks UK has hired Anna Priest as vice president of marketing and communications. She joins the channel operator, which is a joint venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB, from UK public broadcaster the BBC where she was head of marketing for its Superbrands division. She will be based in London and report to Tom […]

Sky Deutschland beats analyst expectations

Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has turned in a solid set of results, beating analysts’ expectations with a smaller loss than predicted. Sky added 98,000 net customers in the third quarter, more than doubling its additions year-on-year and taking its net additions for the year to over 200,200. Gross additions numbered 188,000, up 17% year-on-year, […]

Channel Five reportedly ditching Sky for ITN

UK commercial broadcaster Channel Five is set to cancel a contract with BSkyB to provide news content and resign previous supplier ITN, according to UK press reports. Five owner Northern & Shell has cancelled a deal, which was slated to run for five years until end-2012, with Sky and is now expected to ink a […]

Sky Italia passes five million subs

News Corp reported an earnings surge in its fiscal first quarter financial results, helped by growth at the company’s international pay TV networks. The company saw its revenue grow by 7% to US$7.96 billion (€5.8 billion) and reported an earnings rise of 45% in its direct broadcast division, which houses the company’s Italian pay TV […]

Sky Deutschland inks movie deal with Tele München

German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has agreed a new movie deal with German studio Tele München Group (TMG). The deal expands an existing agreement between the two and gives the News Corp-backed pay TV operator rights to make TMG movies available on its on-demand Sky Anytime service and Sky Go, its OTT service that […]

Sky refutes BBC claim for retransmission fees to be dropped

BSkyB’s group commercial director Rob Webster has hit back at the BBC after the commercial broadcaster claimed Sky should drop the £10 million (€11 million) in fees it charges to retransmit its 49 TV and radio channels. The BBC is lobbying for the charges to be dropped in the face of substantial cuts but Webster, […]

Sky Sports News HD set for December launch

Sky Sports News HD will launch in Germany and Austria on December 1, pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has announced. The 24-hour sports news channel will be available on TV, iPad, iPhone, internet and Xbox 360. Sky has hired 200 employees to work on the channel, including 13 presenters.