Sky Sports News Germany to return to pay TV

Sky Sports News is to move from free-to-view to pay TV exclusively in Germany. Sky Deutschland said that the 24-hour channel would in future be available exclusively as part of the pay TV operator’s entertainment package or as part of the Sky Ticket OTT offering. Sky Sports News in Germany launched in 2011 – about […]

Sky restructures European acquisitions under Sarah Wright

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky has restructured its acquisitions division across Europe, with Sarah Wright taking on a group-wide role. Wright becomes group director of acquisitions with a remit to oversee strategy across the company’s operations in the UK and Ireland, as well as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. New team structure Lucy Criddle, Sky’s […]

Serie A agrees secondary rights deal with Sky as broadcaster drops appeal

Italy’s Serie A has agreed a secondary rights deal with Sky Italia. The three-year deal, worth an estimated €262.5 million over the contract’s duration, will see Sky broadcast 114 matches per season. This translates to three fixtures per round on Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon and Monday night. Announcement follows the March award of 266 matches […]

Sky Studios names YouTube EMEA chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO

European media giant Sky has appointed the head of YouTube in EMEA and former Fremantle chief Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO of Sky Studios. Frot-Coutaz, who replaces current CEO Gary Davey, will oversee the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky originals and take charge of Sky Studios’ global portfolio of production companies. These […]

Sky gets physical with Peloton

Sky has increased its fitness app portfolio with the addition of the Peloton App. The Pelton app, available for £12.99 per month after a 30-day trial, offers users access to thousands of workout classes across more than 10 categories including strength, yoga, cardio, pilates and meditation.  Sky Q customers can access the app by saying […]

Positive quarter for Sky as operator prepares for life after Covid

Sky has weathered the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic to increase its subscriber base in the first quarter of the year. As a part of its Q1 earnings, parent company Comcast confirmed that the European operator’s total customer relationships increased by 221,000 to 23.4 million during the quarter.  During the period, Sky’s revenue increased by […]

Rugby Super League renews Sky Sports deal, promises FTA matches

Rugby’s Super League has extended its broadcast rights deal with Sky Sports for a further two seasons. The renewal will see the pair’s partnership reach 28 years, with Sky to broadcast the competition in the UK and Republic of Ireland until the end of the 2023 season.  Sky Sports will broadcast 66 live Betfred Super […]

Sky Italia contests DAZN’s Serie A deal

Sky Italia is contesting the award of exclusive Serie A football rights to DAZN, with a call for a Milan court to block the deal on antitrust grounds and an initial hearing set for May 5. According to financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore, Sky is contesting the deal between Serie A and the streaming […]

Sky Italia MD and programming chief to leave

Sky Italia’s MD Maximo Ibarra and programming chief Nicola Maccanico are set to leave the Comcast-owned pay TV operator. The exits come after Sky Italia failed to win rights to the Serie A football league, losing out to streaming service DAZN. Ibarra had been at the helm since 2019 but is leaving in July to […]

Sky Italia to cut workforce by 25%

Sky is set to reduce its Italian workforce by 25% in a four-year reorganisation plan. National unions Slc Cgil, Fistel Cisl and Uilcom issued a statement on the planned redundancies, confirming a number of local reports. The job cuts are part of a cost-cutting overhaul which is expected to yield savings of about €300 million. […]