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200 BT Sport employees face redundancy in WBD-led restructure

With Warner Bros. Discovery and UK telco BT both having embarked on extensive rounds of cutbacks, reports this week suggest that more than 200 employees at BT Sport are now under imminent risk of redundancy, following the creation of a merged sports operation combining the two companies’ respective UK-based assets. UK union Prospect issued a […]

Virgin Media O2 calls for ‘thorough scrutiny’ as BT’s Openreach launches new fibre offer

UK service provider Virgin Media O2 has called for closer regulatory scrutiny of BT wholesale subsidiary Openreach’s just-announced plans for lower-priced wholesale access to fibre-to-the-premises infrastructure under the ‘Equinox 2’ scheme. The new wholesale offer proposes discounts to service providers for access to the FTTP network in exchange for commitments to connect most new lines […]

BT outlines revenue impact of sports JV with Warner Bros Discovery

On Tuesday, UK telco BT provided the financial markets with guidance on the impact of the recently-announced joint venture between BT Sport and Warner Bros Discovery-owned Eurosport UK. Based on recent historical data, the company said that transference of revenues from BT Group to the JV will reduce reported BTG revenue for 2023 by £300-350m. […]

BT Sport deploys Red Bee Media automated subtitling tech

BT Sport has announced a new partnership with Red Bee Media to make live content more accessible with the company’s automated subtitling service. The broadcaster will deploy ARC (Automatic Real-time Captioning), to increase the amount of subtitled sports content that it provides viewers by around 200 extra hours per month. BT Sport becomes the first […]

Warner Bros. Discovery and BT complete Eurosport-BT Sport joint-venture deal

Warner Bros. Discovery and BT Group have completed the merger of BT Sport and Eurosport into a combined 50:50 joint venture. The deal, announced in May following the reveal of exclusive talks in February, will create a significant player in UK sports broadcasting with an extensive portfolio of premium sports rights including UEFA Champions League, […]

BT launches streaming-only option for Freeview channels

UK telco BT’s TV Box Pro customers can now access the bulk of the operator’s TV service without the need for a terrestrial antenna via a streaming-only mode on its advanced set-top. BT is also launching the BT TV Box Mini, a new multiroom compact TV box, which lets customers watch TV in an extra […]

UK government to take no action on Drahi stake in BT

The UK government is to take no further action in relation to French telecom tycoon Patrick Drahi’s stake in BT. “Following careful consideration, the government will take no further action on the acquisition of 5.9% shares by Altice in BT and the Final Notification has been issued to parties,” the Department for Trade and Industry […]

BT and Openreach workers set for second strike on August 30-31

Workers at BT are set for a further two days of strikes at the end of the month. More than 40,000 BT workers held a two-day national strike on July 29 and August 1 after the operator refused to meet with union leaders who turned down an across-the-board pay increase of £1,500 to frontline workers. […]

BT returns to growth as workers gear up for strike action

BT Group has seen a return to growth with a narrow 1% increase in Q1 revenue. The operator is facing strikes on July 29 and August 1 for the first time in 35 years, with 40,000 workers demanding an improvement to BT’s £1,500 pay increase offer to frontline workers. BT’s core earnings increased by 2% […]

Competition watchdog approves BT Warner Bros. Discovery JV

UK competition watchdog the CMA has approved the planned 50:50 joint venture between BT and Warner Bros. Discovery that will BT Sport folded into a new entity with Eurosport UK to take on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland. The CMA said that it had “cleared the anticipated joint venture between Warner Bros. Discovery, […]

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