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Sky News names content chief

Sky News has named Cristina Nicolotti Squires as director of content, placing her in charge of output across all Sky platforms including television, mobile, social media and radio. As part of her role, Squires will also head up special programming including Sky News documentaries, debate programmes and the weekly panel show, The Pledge. She will […]

Channel 5 to launch new ‘best of’ channel

Channel 5 today announces My5, a free-to-air TV channel set to go live in early August, broadcasting the best content from the breadth of the Channel 5 family. The My5 channel will replace Channel 5+24, taking content from Channel 5’s hugely popular video-on-demand service of the same name, as well as broadcasting programming from across […]

Channel 5 to launch in HD on Freeview

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 is due to launch in high definition (HD) on free-to-air digital platform, Freeview, on May 4. Announcing the move, the Viacom-owned network said that Channel 5 HD will also be available on the Freesat, YouView, BT and TalkTalk platforms, in addition to its existing position on the Sky and Virgin […]

Viacom: digital growth includes double-digit UK viewing rise

Viacom has witnessed double-digit viewer growth across two of its UK platforms – MTV.co.uk and My5 – and announced plans for further digital expansion as part of its ‘always on’ strategy. Speaking at TV Connect in London this morning, James Currell, chief operating officer of Viacom International Media Networks, UK, Austalia, Russia and Eastern Europe […]

Channel 5 unveils new on-demand service My5

Viacom-owned UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5 has rebranded Demand 5, its video-on-demand service, to My5. The broadcaster has expanded the range of content available to viewers on demand, with a range of My5 exclusives and box sets in addition to the ability to catch up with programmes from across the Channel 5 family of channels […]

UKTV draws level with C5 and Sky channels

UK pay and free TV broadcaster UKTV’s audience reach is now close to that of terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5’s full portfolio of channels and all of pay TV operator Sky’s wholly-owned channels, including sports and movies channels, according to the company. UKTV said its share of viewing has grown by 30% to 5.27% in five […]

Channel 5 taps Monterosa for Big Brother app

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has signed a one-year deal with second screen firm Monterosa, which will power the companion app for the 2016 series of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother. The app will run on Monterosa’s LViS interaction platform, which will let the Big Brother production team react to the on-screen action by creating […]

Ericsson signs multi-year services deal with Channel 5

Ericsson has signed an exclusive multi-year broadcast and media services deal Viacom-owned UK broadcaster, Channel 5. The deal includes playout, media management, metadata, access services and business continuity services, which Ericsson will provide for Channel 5’s entire portfolio of terrestrial and digital channels and its catch up offerings. These include Channel 5, 5*, Spike and […]

OTT service Magine launches in the UK in test mode

Online TV operator Magine has launched in test mode in the UK and has secured deals with broadcasters including ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Cloud-based over-the-top TV service Magine started in Sweden in 2013, as first reported by TBI, before launching in Germany last year. It said today that it now has 1.5 million […]

Channel 5 made £13m loss pre-Viacom sale

Channel 5 lost £12.9 million (€18.06 million) in its final financial results before Viacom acquired the UK broadcaster for £450 million last year. The network’s accounts for the nine months to September 30, 2014, revealed the operating loss, which compared with a £32.4 million operating profit in full-year 2013. US giant Viacom acquired the business […]