Discovery Communications

Discovery and Sky still talking as deadline looms

Discovery Communications and Sky remain locked in talks about a new carriage deal, with hours to go before a deadline expires that will see the former’s channels pulled from the pay TV platform. The pair have been involved in an acrimonious dispute over a new carriage deal for a bouquet of twelve Discovery pay TV […]

Discovery and Sky trade barbs as channel deadline looms

Discovery and Sky have both upped the ante in the bitter carriage dispute that will see 12 Discovery nets pulled from the pay TV platform this week unless a last-minute deal can be reached. Sky said over the weekend that Discovery has demanded almost £1 billion (€935 million) for its portfolio of channels. Discovery, meanwhile, […]

Discovery hires Europe Olympics chief

Discovery Communications has recruited Bernard Ross to join Eurosport and run its Olympics coverage across Europe. Ross joins from European football’s governing body, UEFA, where he oversaw delivery of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament. As COO and general manager, Olympic Games, at Eurosport, he will head up production, logistics and organisational aspects of the planning […]

Altice takes on Canal+ with exclusive NBCU, Discovery deals and new premium channel

In a significant ramping up of its strategy to compete head on with French pay TV leader Canal+, cable and telecom group Altice has struck exclusive deals with NBCUniversal and Discovery and unveiled plans to launch a new premium channel dedicated to series and movies. Altice’s French operator SFR is launching a new premium TV […]

Discovery channels yanked from Russian platform

Discovery’s channels have been pulled from Russian pay TV platform Tricolor TV in argument over pricing. The US-listed channel operator distributes a portfolio of eleven channels in Russia through Media Alliance, a new business it formed with Russia’s National Media Group last year, and which ensured compliance with amended local media laws. Media Alliance has now […]

German pubcasters fail to secure Olympics deal with Discovery

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have failed to secure a deal with Discovery to air coverage of the Olympic Games from 2018-2024. Discovery will make coverage of the games available free-to-view on its Eurosport channel. The broadcaster said that its Eurosport 1 channel in Germany would offer the country “every moment of national importance” on […]

Discovery extends Lang’s role to Nordic region chief

Discovery Networks International has upped Michael Lang, its UK-based corporate development and digital chief and the former CEO of movie studio Miramax, to president, international development, digital and Discovery Nordics. Lang, who will report to Discovery Networks International president and CEO JB Perrette in his new role, will be responsible for leading the overall business […]

Piksel appoints Discovery CTO to board

Online video platform provider Piksel has appointed Discovery Communicatoins chief technology officer John Honeycutt to its board. Honeycutt joined Discovery in 2003 and has held several senior executive positions in both the US and internationally. As CTO of Discovery, he has global responsibility for the company’s entire technology stack. “John is a true visionary in […]

Discovery financials hit by currency fluctuations and Eurosport costs

Revenues and profit have taken a hit at Discovery Communications’ international business, with the US-listed channel operator blaming exchange rates and increased costs at its Eurosport operation. Discovery’s international revenues had started to eclipse those from the US, but the domestic business is once again generating more than the global operation. Currency fluctuations were one […]

Discovery appoints C-SPAN co-CEO to the board

Discovery Communications has appointed the co-CEO of C-SPAN, Susan Swain, to its board, effective December 2016. Swain joined C-SPAN, a public service network that airs public affairs programming and televises US federal government proceedings, in 1982 and took the co-CEO role in 2012. She manages content strategy and programming for C-SPAN’s TV channels, websites and […]