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Rowena Cordrey to join Viacom from ITN

Current ITN deputy head of compliance, Rowena Cordrey, is to join Viacom International Media Networks as vice president, head of content, legal and compliance. In this role, Cordrey will oversee the legal and regulatory compliance of Viacom’s content across Channel 5, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon; including broadcast, online and marketing output across the UK, […]

UK PSBs call for new prominence rules to tackle tech giants

The UK’s public service broadcasters have asked the government to guarantee the prominence of their linear and on-demand services in the face of mounting pressure from global giants like Netflix. In an open letter signed by the heads of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV and S4C, the broadcasters urged broadcast regulator Ofcom to modernise […]

Viacom taps Red Bee for Paramount Network UK launch

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has tapped Red Bee Media for the launch of Paramount Network in the UK. Paramount Network, which launched in the UK market earlier this month, is being scheduled and programmed by the Channel 5 editorial team under the direction of Ben Frow, director of programmes at Viacom-owned Channel 5. The […]

Streaming services overtake UK pay TV as viewing revolution gathers pace

Subscriptions to OTT TV services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV have overtaken traditional pay TV services in the UK, according to figures compiled by media and telecom regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, which covers major trends in UK television, pay TV revenues also declined last year after a period […]

Channel 5 adds four new content partners for My5

Viacom-owned UK free-to-air commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has signed four new content partnership deals for its streaming service, My5, bringing 1,500 additional hours to the platform over the next year. Content partnerships have been secured with PBS America, Together channel, Little Dot Studios and BET, whose programming will appear on the platform from this month. […]

YouView chief Halton to leave at end of year

YouView chief executive Richard Halton is to stand down at the end of this year to pursue new opportunities. The UK hybrid digital TV platform, which is jointly owned by BT, TalkTalk, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Arqiva, said that Halton, who led YouView from launch, had decided the moment was right […]

Channel 5 enters SVOD with More Milkshake! on Amazon Prime

Viacom-owned UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5 is launching its first move into subscription video-on-demand by taking its British preschool programming brand, Milkshake! to Amazon Channels, within Prime Video. The service will be called More Milkshake! and will be available for £2.99 (€3.40) a month, offering programmes such as episodes of of Fireman Sam, Thomas and […]

Sony hires Turner’s Hornsey and Viacom’s Muller to run UK channels

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has named Turner executive Steve Hornsey as vice-president of its UK Entertainment portfolio and Viacom-owned Channel 5 kids chief Sarah Muller as VP of SPTN’s UK kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee the entertainment channel portfolio which consists of seven channels, including film services Sony Movies Channel and Movies4Men. Muller […]

Channel 5 leads Viacom upsurge in UK

Viacom has highlighted the strength of the performance of its UK channels last year, led by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5, which delivered the largest audience growth among the country’s public service broadcasters, according to the media group. Channel 5’s audience grew by 5% to deliver a 6.51% share of all TV viewing, the service’s best […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (€67 million) production and distribution boost, which has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other free TV networks, […]

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