Sky Sports secures South African T20 cricket league

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky’s Sky Sports unit has struck a new five-year cricket rights deal with the new South Africa T20 cricket league. Beginning on the January 10 for four weeks, Sky will air 33 matches across Sky Sports Cricket channels for the first time. The League features six privately-owned teams, who will play […]

Sky Sports secured US Open UK rights after eight-year gap

Sky Sports has unveiled a five-year partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for the UK rights to the US Open Championships. Sky will replace Amazon Prime, which recently came to the end of its own five-year deal with the USTA. The new agreement will begin with the 2023 US Open at Flushing Meadows, […]

SkyShowtime adds detail on Central & Eastern European rollout

Having previously announced its official launch date in Bulgaria and the majority of the former Yugoslavia (December 14), streaming platform SkyShowtime has now added some further details regarding the shape of the service at launch. According to the platform, customers in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia will be able to access […]

Sky introduces monthly fee for ad-skipping on Sky Stream and Sky Go

The war on ad avoidance entered a new phase this week with the news that Sky is now charging customers £5 a month if they skip ads on its Sky Stream and Sky Go products. The company’s Ad Skipping pack has been free until now, but from December 1 became a subscription service for those […]

John Ryley, long-serving head of Sky News, to step down in Spring 2023

Sky news head John Ryley is to step down next year. In an open letter, he said: “Being head of Sky News is one of the most exhilarating jobs in journalism. Nonetheless, after almost 40 years in the news business, 28 at Sky including 17 lucky years at the helm – I have decided, as […]

Serie A chief lobbies for longer domestic rights cycle to attract new bidders

In a wide-ranging interview with Italian media outlet Il Sole 24 Ore, the CEO of Italy’s top football league Serie A, Luigi De Servio, has urged the Italian government to lift restrictions which prevent it from licensing its domestic live TV rights for periods greater than three years. De Servio told the publication that extending […]

Sky opens 600-strong innovation centre at Osterley HQ

Comcast-owned media and entertainment company Sky has opened a new innovation centre on its Osterley site in West London. Sky said the new addition “expands and deepens its commitment to power the UK’s cultural economy and technology sector”. The site was officially opened by the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and […]

Sky adds linear channel to its Sky Kids portfolio, commissions originals

From February, Sky is launching a 24-hour ad-free Sky Kids channel which it says will be “packed with a standout slate of Sky Originals and franchise favourites”. The UK service will put the PayTV provider in competition with BBC channel Cbeebies. Aimed at 1-7 year-olds, the channel will be available at no extra cost for […]

Sky Austria MD upped to Sky Deutschland commercial chief

Sky Austria managing director Neal O’Rourke is to become Sky Deutschland’s chief commercial officer in addition to his existing role. As CCO, O’Rourke will take charge of Sky Deutschland’s customer strategy and its implementation across the German-speaking markets. O’Rourke succeeds Kathryn Imrie, who is leaving the company and returning to the UK for family reasons. […]

Pay TV platform Sky sub-licences cricket event to Channel 4 in the UK

In a further sign of growing co-operation between free-to-air and pay TV broadcasters on sports right, Sky has struck a deal that will allow UK broadcaster Channel 4 to air England’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final against Pakistan this Sunday (Nov 13). The game will be shown live on Sky Showcase – available in […]