Coronavirus


RTL withdraws outlook for 2020 over coronavirus fears

Pan-European broadcaster RTL Group has withdrawn its outlook for 2020 and dividend proposal for 2019 as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The broadcaster said that its TV channels, radio stations, streaming services and websites are currently registering significantly higher reach and usage and pointed to its low levels of debt and access to credit […]

France’s CNC extends relaxation of movies-on-VOD rules

France’s Centre National du Cinéma (CNC), which administers support for the country’s film industry, has announced a series of measures intended to support French film industry players during the coronavirus crisis, including allowing recently released movies to be shown on TV rather than in cinemas. The organisation’s administrative council authorised president Dominique Boutonnat to permit […]

Top Comcast execs to donate salaries to charity amid pandemic

Comcast, the owner and operator of NBCUniversal and Sky, has announced that its top execs are donating 100% of their salaries to charities fighting against coronavirus. A memo sent to staff on Wednesday from CEO Brian Roberts confirmed that he, Mike Cavanagh (CFO), Dave Watson (Comcast Cable CEO), Jeff Shell, (NBCU CEO) and Jeremy Darroch […]

Wimbledon off for first time since WWII

The Championships, better known as Wimbledon, have been cancelled in an unprecedented move.  This is the first time that the tournament, which typically takes place over a fortnight across the end of June and beginning of July, has been called off since the second world war. In a statement published on April 1, the All […]

Belarusian Premier League strikes broadcast deals across Europe as last league standing

With the sporting world seemingly brought to a halt, broadcasters have turned to an unlikely source for live content: Belarus. As reported by Reuters, the Belarus Football Federation (ABFF) has signed deals with broadcasters from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Israel and India as the league continues to play. The little-known Belarusian Premier League is […]

Free, Virgin Media and BeIN Sports unveil new coronavirus offers

French service provider Free, the UK’s Virgin Media and MENA pay TV operator BeIN Sports are among the latest pay TV operators to make free and added-value offerings available as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. Free has extended an offering of free-to-view kids channels until the end of April and has extended and has […]

Olympics and Paralympics get new date

The Tokyo Olympics have officially been rescheduled to July 23-August 8 2021.  Meanwhile the Paralympic Games will take place from August 24-September 5. Still being referred to as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the tournament was officially postponed last week because of the coronavirus pandemic. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the new dates are exactly one year after […]

Twitch suffers outage

Amazon-owned game streaming platform Twitch suffered an outage on March 30. The streamer confirmed on Twitter that it was investigating issues, only to say they were fixed an hour or so later. Downdetector, which monitors the status of websites, showed that users were having problems with the website, the ability to log in and poor […]

Top Disney execs to take pay cuts amid coronavirus 

Disney has confirmed that its top execs will take a pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic, with new CEO Bob Chapek and executive chairman Bob Iger taking the largest reduction. In a memo sent to staff on Monday, Chapek said that he will reduce his salary by 50% while Iger will forego his US$3 million […]

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