Brexit


UK government launches survey on creative sector’s ‘no deal Brexit’ preparedness

The UK government has set out to gauge the preparedness of creative organisations, including the TV industry, in case of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a survey to understand a range of sectors’ awareness and readiness for such a scenario on 31 October. The impetus behind the […]

Levira forecasts jump in growth as it targets Brexit market

Estonian media services group Levira is forcecasting 10% growth in sales and a 30% jump in profits as it seeks to expand the range of services it offers and add new customers including, potentially, broadcasters seeking refuge from challenges raised by Brexit. Levira posted revenues of €10.1 million and EBITDA of €2.2 million for 2018. […]

Levira and Estonia target post-Brexit broadcaster market again

Estonia based digital services provider Levira is involved in a further drive to promote the country as a new home for UK-based broadcasters in the post-Brexit era. Levira is highlighting opportunities in Estonia to international broadcasters at a seminar in London today. The event is a follow-up of a seminar that was held a year […]

BBC Studios looks to Netherlands in no-deal Brexit plan

BBC Studios is looking to migrate a chunk of its broadcast licenses to the Netherlands ahead of a potential no-deal Brexit scenario. The commercial arm of the corporation is making the move in order to continue transmitting across the European Union if the UK leaves without a deal in place. The licenses in question are […]

Ofcom publishes draft no-deal Brexit broadcast licences

Ofcom has published draft broadcast licence templates that could be used in the event of a no-deal Brexit as it prepares for “all eventualities” relating to the UK’s departure from the EU. Currently the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) provides the basis for Ofcom’s broadcast licensing framework. The AVMSD’s ‘country of origin’ principle lets […]

COBA: UK multichannel investment in content passes £1bn milestone

Investment in UK content by multichannel broadcasters has now surpassed £1 billion annually, according to a report commissioned by commercial broadcasters’ organisation COBA. According to the report, investment in UK programmes by multichannel broadcasters has now hit £1.1 billion (€1.2 billion) a year, highlighting increased investment by newer channels alongside the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 […]

Discovery applies for Netherlands channel licences ahead of Brexit

Discovery is applying for new broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its European pay TV channel portfolio, ahead of Britain’s scheduled exit from the Europe Union on March 29. A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed that Discovery is applying for around 50 licences in the Netherlands for services that were previously licensed in the UK by broadcast regulator […]

Brexit report highlights ‘reciprocity gaps’ for broadcast business

A report on the impact of Brexit on the audiovisual media industry compiled by the European Audiovisual Observatory has highlighted the ‘reciprocity gaps’ that are likely to arise between the UK-based industry and EU-based counterparts after the UK leaves the EU. In the event of an agreement being signed, the first gap that will emerge […]

Crash-out Brexit threatens ‘huge disruption’ to broadcast

A no-deal Brexit would have a disastrous impact on the UK broadcasting sector, according to commercial broadcasters association COBA. Ahead of the UK parliament’s likely rejection of prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit agreement with the EU, COBA warned that crashing out of the EU would create huge disruption for broadcasters, their workforce and suppliers and […]

Support for broadcasters ‘vital’ to Brexit talks, says Wright

In his first public-facing speech as secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport in the UK, Jeremy Wright is to explain that protecting broadcasters will be a “vital” part of Brexit negotiations, during Edinburgh’s International TV Festival. In particular, Wright will say that he will support broadcasters when it comes to talent and […]

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