Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera names AJ+ chief

Qatar-based Al Jazeera has named Dima Khatib as managing director of its digital-only news platform AJ+. Khatib joined Al Jazeera in 1997 as a broadcast journalist in Doha and later became a news producer. She has also been responsible for setting up Al Jazeera bureaus in China and Venezuela. AJ+ disseminates news via channels including […]

Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports acquires Digitürk

Al Jazeera has acquired Turkish pay TV operator Digitürk via its BeIN Sports arm. Financial details of the acquisition were not released. Reports in April suggested that BeIN Sports was expected to pay between US$1 billion and US$1.2 billion for the operator. Digitürk, which holds top-tier Turkish football rights until the end of the 2016-17 […]

New chief for Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera has named Giles Trendle as acting managing director of its English-language channel, following the departure of Al Anstey to take over at Al Jazeera America.  Trendle was previously responsible for commissioning and acquiring a number of high-profile programmes for Al Jazeera English, including the Witness documentary strand. Prior to joining Al Jazeera, he […]

Report: Sky made approach to acquire Mediaset Premium

Pay TV giant Sky made an approach to acquire Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s pay TV arm but was rejected, according to a Reuters report. According to Reuters, citing an unnamed source, informal contacts have been maintained despite the failure of the approach. Mediaset has been searching for partners for its Mediaset Premium arm for some time, […]

Qatar selling down stake in Vivendi

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has reduced stake in Vivendi, according to business news service BFMTV, which noted that Qatar Holding is no longer included in the French media giant’s list of principal shareholders. Qatar Holding acquired a 1.55% stake in Vivendi in 2011, later augmented to 2%, a holding worth around €450 million. It had […]

Al Jazeera partners with Skyline Communications

Al Jazeera has partnered with Skyline Communications in a network management deal that will see it use Skyline’s DataMiner platform.  Al Jazeera will use DataMiner as the network management and OSS platform for its new global media cloud network, allowing it to transport media and data across more than 80 offices. “Our ultimate goal is […]

BeIN Media reportedly close to buying Digitürk

Al Jazeera-owned BeIN Media Group, which operates the sports networks of the same name, is in advanced talks to buy Turkish pay TV operator Digitürk, according to Reuters, citing three sources familiar with the talks. Reuters reported that the talks are at an advanced state but have not yet been finalized, with the possibility that […]

Premier League auction could top £5 billion

The cost of the current UK TV auction for live Premier League football from 2016/17 to 2018/19 could top £5 billion (€6.7 billion) for the first time, according to new research. Ampere Analysis predicts that, based on past auctions, there will be a “competitive base rate inflation” of between 55% and 65% in cost per […]

BeIN Sport taps Cisco for Videoscape

Al Jazeera-owned sports network BeIN Sports has tapped Cisco to provide its Videoscape TV service deliver platform to deliver advanced services across over 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.  BeIN Sports is using Cisco’s VideoGuard conditional access system, Cisco MediaHighway middleware, and Cisco DVR and user interface technologies. Across the MENA […]

Al Jazeera and Vivendi reportedly cool on Mediaset partnership

Talks between Italy’s Mediaset and potential investors in its pay TV arm have lost momentum as a result of the higher valuation placed on the Premium unit following Telefónica’s investment in the business in July, according to Reuters. Telefónica agreed to purchase an 11.11% stake and invest €100 million in the pay TV unit as […]