Matt Hancock upped to culture secretary

The UK’s minister of state for digital, Matt Hancock, has been promoted to secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport as part of prime minister Teresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. Hancock replaces Karen Bradley who has now been appointed secretary of state for Northern Ireland. She in turn replaces James Brokenshire who has stepped […]

Sweden’s TV4 to record ‘highest turnover ever’ in 2017

Swedish commercial broadcaster TV4 said it expects to record its “highest turnover ever” in 2017, thanks largely to digital growth. Speaking at the Future TV Advertising Forum in London yesterday, TV4’s chief operating officer and head of business unit advertising at Bonnier Broadcasting, Mathias Berg, said that 2017 is shaping up to be the “best […]

GroupM: Global TV ad spend to grow this year and next

Global TV advertising investment will grow this year and next but will lose overall market share due to the rise of digital, according to GroupM’s updated ad investment forecasts. The WPP-owned media investment group predicts that globally TV investment – for TV content on traditional TV devices – will grow 0.4% in 2017 and 2.2% […]

Eurosport unveils ‘fully digital’ 2018 Olympics plan

Eurosport has unveiled plans for what it claims will be the first “fully digital” Olympics for Europe, the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games. The Discovery-owned broadcaster said that it will make more than 4,000 hours of coverage available across devices on its Eurosport Player service – spanning 100 events and including 900 hours of live action. […]

Tele München Group buys Load Studios stake

Tele München Group has acquired a stake in recently-established, German-based digital content company, Load Studios. Endemol Shine Group’s former global managing director, Georg Ramme, set up Load Studios in early 2017 and the Berlin-based company specialises in creating and distributing short-form-content for social and mobile platforms and brands. Tele München has taken a “significant minority […]

eMarketer: UK digital ad spend to reach £10.9bn this year

UK digital ad spend will reach £10.89 billion (€12.36 billion) by the end of 2017, up 11.0% year-on-year, according to eMarketer. Mobile continues to drive growth in digital ad spending, growing by an estimated 30.3% this year. Within mobile, video has seen the most growth, increasing 47.7%, said the research. Traditional media ad spend was […]

Discovery appoints Spotify exec to head digital strategy

Discovery Communications has appointed former Spotify executive Francis Keeling to lead its digital strategy. Keeling becomes senior vice-president of international digital, based in London. He will develop new digital products and his appointment marks one of a number of new digital hires by Discovery. Jay Trinidad, who is currently running Discovery Northern Asia, takes on […]

BBC: reaching young people a major ‘strategic issue’

Successfully reaching young people is “one of the single biggest strategic issues” now facing the BBC, according to director general Tony Hall. In a statement included in yesterday’s BBC Annual Report, Hall said that the BBC has to face up to increasing competition for screen time and to the fact that the media landscape has […]

Discovery takes 20% stake in Play Sports Group

Discovery has led an investment round in cycling-focused digital sports media company, Play Sports Group, taking a 20% stake of the business and a seat on its board. With the deal, Play Sports will deliver digital content to complement Discovery-owned Eurosport’s coverage of European cycling, as part of a partnership arrangement between the two firms. […]

Four fifths would cancel ‘out of touch’ OTT service

Some 84% of consumers would ditch their digital pay TV provider if the service and support became poor and the company “seemed out of touch with their needs and preferences”. This is according to a new industry survey by payments specialist PayWizard, which warned about “the price of poor customer experience” for pay over-the-top operators.  […]