TF1 and M6 in channels deal deadlock

Negotiations between French broadcasters TF1 and M6 and pay-TV platforms concerning the distribution of their respective thematic channels have reached a deadlock, according to reports. DTH operator Canal Plus currently holds exclusive rights to the channels, including Histoire, TV Breizh, Ushuaia TV, Odyssee, Serie Club and Eurosport, for which it pays approximately €60m. The broadcasters […]

TV Puls turns down PMPG approach

Polish broadcaster TV Puls has pulled out of talks with potential suitor Platforma Mediowa Point Group (PMPG). Earlier this week PMPG confirmed its readiness to purchase a stake in TV Puls following a lengthy period of due diligence. However, TV Puls CEO Dariusz Dabski confirmed that the company was no longer interested in investment from […]

Comstar-UTS turns in strong second quarter results

Russian service provider Comstar-UTS reported consolidated revenues of US$363.6m (€255m) for the quarter, which it said represented an increase of 19% year-on-year in rouble terms. Operating income before depreciation and amortisation was US$149.3m, up 28% in rouble terms. OIBDA margin was 41.1%, while operating cash flow was US$102.2m, up 12% year-on-year but down 4% quarter-on-quarter […]

Ascent Media names operations chief

Media services provider Ascent Media has named Rhodri Evans as head of its operations facility in London. Evans was previously transmission operations manager at the facility and acted as project manager for automated continuity and widescreen projects, high-profile projects for key Ascent customer Discovery. 

NBCU appoints international production chief

NBCU has named Denise O’Donoghue president of international television production at NBC Universal International, the role previously filled by Angela Bromstad. O’Donoghue is the former boss of Hat Trick, the UK indie producer behind hit shows including Have I got News For You and The Kumars at No 42. [Denise] has been responsible for producing […]

Versatel eyes Orion acquisition

German telco Versatel is the latest name to be linked with cable operator Orion. Versatel is reported to be preparing the financials of a deal that would enable it to challenge Germany’s biggest cable operators Kabel Deutschland and Unitymedia, both of which are also believed to be interested in Orion. 

Cyfrowy Polsat launches new promotion

Polish pay-TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat has launched a new promotion, offering access to digital TV free of charge for four months. Customers who sign up for the operator’s Familijnego and Super Film packages for a 29-month contract can benefit from the offer. Subscribers have the option to downgrade to Cyfrowy Polsat’s basic family pack during […]

Jazztel signs deal for Gol TV

Spanish internet service provider Jazztel is the latest platform to announce the signing of a deal for carriage of Mediapro’s premium football channel Gol TV. The agreement will mean Jazztelia TV subscribers will be able to watch Gol TV’s coverage of Spanish premier league, Copa del Rey and Champions League matches, as well as its […]

MTVNI launches youth lifestyle insight website

MTV Networks International has launched a website intended to provide the media and advertising industries with an “insight into global youth culture and lifestyle”. The site, called MTV Sticky (, which goes live today, is operated by Viacom Brand Solutions International, Viacom’s brand solutions sales business, aims to provide information to inform branded content, sponsorship […]

RTL posts half-year loss

Pan European broadcaster RTL Group’s CEO Gerhard Zeiler said the company would post positive full-year results despite the group reportihg a net loss for the first half of 2009. The group, which owns 45 broadcasters across 11 countries including Germany’s RTL, France’s M6 and UK’s Five as well as production and distribution businesses such as […]