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ACT appoints new president

European broadcasting body the Association of Commercial Television (ACT) has appointed Philippe Delusinne, chief executive of RTL Belgium, as its new president. Delusinne replaces M6 boss Nicolas de Tavernost, who was president of the body for the past six years.
 

De Rosen to succeed Eutelsat’s Berretta

Satellite operator Eutelsat has appointed Michel de Rosen as deputy CEO. He will takeover CEO Giuliano Berretta’s position later this year. De Rosen will join Eutelsat on July 1, working closely with Berretta in advance of moving into the role of CEO after the general assembly of shareholders which will take place in November. From […]

Five gets HD capacity on DTT



UK commercial free-to-air broadcaster Five has been given the capacity to launch high definition programming on digital terrestrial TV. Communications regulator Ofcom has made a provisional decision to reserve DTT capacity for the RTL-backed broadcaster from 2010. The HD DTT licence will only be awarded however, if Five fulfils certain, unspecified, criteria relating to its […]

E-Vision launches C-Span

UAE-based cable operator E-Vision has launched a new channel offering coverage of US, Canadian and UK politics. C-Span offers live coverage of US House and Senate proceedings as well as coverage from the Canadian and UK parliaments. It also features analysis of major worldwide events. The channel is available to all E-Vision subscribers as part […]

Harmonic named “market leader”

Video equipment specialist Harmonic has been named the industry’s leading encoder company for 2008 by research firm In-Stat. Harmonic had a 28% market share in 2008, having shipped over 12,000 encoding channels to video service providers during the year.

Phorm receives £15m funding

Online targeted advertising specialist Phorm has secured £15m (€17.5m) of funding from investors. The company, which allows ISPs to track consumers’ internet use to personalise advertising, is believed to be in talks with a number of UK ISPs including TalkTalk, Virgin Media and BT.  

Sky to launch HD news channel

UK pay-TV operator BSkyB is to launch the country’s first high-definition news channel. Sky News HD will be a simulcast version of the main Sky News channel and will launch next spring. The operator said it will upgrade its studio and production facilities in West London, as well as its news gathering operations in the […]

Clock ticks for Setanta as it halts new subscriptions

Ailing sports broadcaster Setanta Sports has officially stopped accepting new subscriptions as it fights to stay afloat. The broadcaster, which is close to entering administration, has closed the subscription service on its website and posted a message that reads: “The company has not gone into administration. All our channels are still broadcasting across all platforms. […]

Open TV ownership dispute rumbles on

Swiss TV technology company Kudelski has rejected a proposal that its shareholding in interactive TV specialist OpenTV is bought out using OpenTV’s cash reserves. The recommendation was made earlier this week by Discovery Group, OpenTV’s largest shareholder, which has been openly critical of Kudelski. The Swiss company responded to the suggestion its 32% stake is […]

Kabel BW ready to boost HD offering

German cable operator Kabel BW plans to expand the number of channels available later this year having announced that its entire network has now been upgraded. Kabel BW already offers a number of HD channels, including Discovery HD, Premiere HD, Anixe HD, Luxe HD, HD Campus TV, Euro1080/HD and Deluxe Lounge HD. The operator said […]