BBC launches ‘biggest education offer in its history’ as UK enters third lockdown

With the UK in its third national lockdown in less than a year, the BBC has announced the “biggest education offer in its history”. The pubcaster said that it will bring together BBC Two, CBBC, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online “to deliver a new education offer to children, teachers and parents” and ensure […]

Cinemas must embrace streaming and cut theatrical windows to survive, says Curzon CEO

Philip Knatchbull, the CEO of UK arthouse cinema chain Curzon, has said that it is time for movie theatres to embrace streaming services. Speaking to the FT, Knatchbull said that cinemas will not survive unless they move away from the industry’s “outdated” model and re-evaluate the nature of long theatrical windows. He said: “[the pandemic] […]

LFP threatens to abandon Mediapro deal after payment failure

The Professional Football League (LFP) of France is gearing up to abandon its domestic rights deal with Spanish media agency Mediapro. According to the AFP, the league is threatening to abandon its four-year deal mere months into the partnership after Mediapro failed to make its second rights payment of €172 million. The agency kicked off […]

YouTube tightens moderation policy to ban Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

Google-owned video platform YouTube has tightened up its content moderation policies to remove videos with misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. YouTube first launched its Covid-19 Medical Misinformation Policy earlier this year, when fake news stories about the virus were running rampant on the site, but the company has said that it will now actively remove videos […]

AELTC planning for 2021 Wimbledon

The Championships, better known as Wimbledon, will go ahead in 2021 – with or without fans. According to a report from The Times, the tournament organiser the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) will move to stage the tournament behind closed doors if required. A significant reason for insisting that the event go ahead without […]

Tokyo governor confident that delayed Olympics will go ahead in Summer 2021

Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike has voiced confidence that the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead next year. The Olympic Games were officially delayed in March and later given a new schedule of July 23-August 8 2021. However, even though we are a little under a year from the new date, fears are mounting over […]

Vodafone Spain sees big impact TV viewing patterns under COVID lockdown

Vodafone España saw the number of TV minutes viewed per day jump from 213 in February to 380 in April as Spain went into lockdown, with the jump in viewing time continuing even into June, when the operator recorded an average of 267 minutes’ viewing time. Vodafone found that use of TV tripled for the […]

Bundesliga ready to welcome back fans says CEO

In a boost for football broadcasting, the German Bundesliga has said that it is planning for fans to re-enter stadiums across the country’s top two tiers from the start of the new season in September. The Bundesliga was the first top European league to resume playing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic on May […]

TF1 and M6 feel the impact of COVID-19

French broadcaster TF1 has withdrawn its objectives for the 2021 financial year and has definitively said it will not pay a dividend for 2019 after the coronavirus crisis impacted it heavily in the first half. Overall net revenues for the group were 22.9% lower than for the same period last year at €883.5 million, and […]

Cloud usage jumps up as broadcasters move to remote working

The use of cloud technologies by remote broadcasters has drastically increased since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, a new report has said. According to software developer Iatakoo, the company saw use of its cloud-based platform increase by 293% in terms of minutes streamed. This is combined with a 172% increase in the minutes of […]

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