Channel 4 to revamp All 4, up online content spend

Channel 4 is revamping its All 4 digital service and is planning a multi-million pound increase in investment in original and acquired online content for 2017. The new All 4 home screen will combine human content curation with data-driven personalisation and is due to go live on smart TVs and games consoles in the coming […]

Nat Geo appoints digital and marketing chiefs

The reorganisation of National Geographic is continuing with two new additions joining the TV and publishing giant. Rachel Webber will head up digital at Nat Geo in a newly created role, and Jill Cress will run marketing. Nat Geo has extensively rejigged its management since 21st Century Fox took over the factual giant. Webber will be executive VP, digital product, […]

UK Culture Secretary: TV one of UK’s greatest successes

The UK’s new culture secretary, Matt Hancock, praised TV as “one of the UK’s greatest success stories”. Speaking at the RTS London Conference yesterday, Hancock said that in recent years TV has grown at twice the rate of the rest of the UK economy and that annually the sector generates more than £13 billion in […]

Unitymedia: 88.4% of TV customers now digital

Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia said that 88.4% of its TV customers were digital at the end of June, as it gears up for the final cessation of analogue broadcasting next year. In figures published yesterday, the German cable provider said that the level of digitisation was up 11.5% year-on-year and that the leader among the provinces […]

Olympics reports ‘record-breaking media coverage’

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hailed “record-breaking media coverage” and “unprecedented levels of engagement” at this summer’s Rio Games. The IOC said that there was nearly 350,000 total hours of Olympics coverage this year, up from less than 200,000 hours for London 2012, with more than 500 TV channels and 250 digital platforms carrying the […]

RTL reports strong results driven by broadcast, Fremantle

RTL Group reported a 9.5% revenue increase and an 18% growth in underlying earnings in Q1, driven by its broadcast business and production arm FremantleMedia. Announcing results for the three months ending March 31, RTL said that its “rapidly growing digital business” also contributed to a strong start to 2016, with digital revenue up 36.4% […]

ProSieben restructures, sets €1.5b digital target

ProSiebenSat.1 is restructuring its digital operations and has said it will generate €1.5 billion from digital by 2018. Christof Wahl will run digital in the new structure, with Christian Wegner and Albert Conrad moved to different positions within the The German broadcast giant. ProSieben said that revenues from its DigitalVentures & Commerce and Digital Entertainment […]

Global TV ad spend to climb 3.1% driven by Olympics, US election

TV will continue to take the biggest share of the global ad market in 2016, with spend expected to grow by 3.1% this year driven by the Olympic Games and US elections, according to new research. In its Ad Spend Report, media agency Carat said that while digital is “constantly closing the gap”, TV continues […]

UK mobile ad spend to overtake TV this year

Mobile ad spend in the UK is expected to rise by 35% this year, overtaking TV advertising spend for the first time, according to eMarketer. The research firm predicted that mobile ad spend will grow to £4.58 billion in 2016, accounting for 27.0% of UK total media ad spend. By comparison, TV spend is tipped […]

eMarketer: US digital ad spend to surpass TV next year

Total digital ad spend in the US will surpass TV spend for the first time next year, marking a “major milestone” for the industry, according to eMarketer. The research firm said that US TV ad spend will climb to US$72.01 billion in 2017, representing 35.8% of total media ad spend. However, total digital ad spend […]