NBC Universal agrees deal to sell A+E Networks stake

US cable and media giant Comcast’s NBC Universal unit has agreed to sell its 15.8% stake in A+E Networks to co-owners The Walt Disney Company and Hearst for US$3.03 billion (€2.46 billion). The deal, to be paid for with a mix of cash and debt, values A+E, which owns A&E, Lifetime and  History, at a […]

A+E ups Sean Cohan

A+E Networks has promoted Sean Cohan to executive vice-president, international. Cohan will continue to report to Steve Ronson, executive vice-president, enterprises. Ronson said: “Sean and his team delivered strong growth every year for the International division and put our brands in the number one, number two or number three position in the factual category in […]

Crime on the increase in Poland

The Crime & Investigation Network has secured carriage on the ‘n’ platform in Poland. The deal comes after the A+E Networks channel secured carriage on the Cyfrowy Polsat pay TV service last year. The ‘n’ deal means that the channel is now in five million Polish homes. Tom Davidson, managing director at A+E Networks UK, […]

A+E will roll out Lifetime this year

A+E networks will launch its female-skewing Lifetime channel in at least two major territories this year. Official word on the roll outs is expected in the first half of this year with two or more international versions of the channel following before end-2012.
 To date the channel, which A+E took control of in a deal […]

History UK claims record year

History UK, the factual channel owned by A+E Networks and BSkyB, recorded its highest-rating year ever in 2011, with the average number of adults watching up by 27%. The joint-venture said the second half of the year was particularly strong with the adult audience growing by 34% compared to the same period in 2010. During […]

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 […]

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