Champions League Nordic rights tender to go ahead

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Uefa has confirmed that the tender process for the Champions League rights in the Nordics will go ahead as scheduled. The deadline of March 31 for the 2021-24 rights cycle was still upheld, with bidding being managed by Uefa’s rights sales agency Team Marketing. The agency issued separate tenders in […]

Tour de France could go ahead without a crowd

Despite sporting events all around the world being cancelled, the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) could push ahead with the Tour de France. Speaking to the France Bleu radio station, sports minister Roxana Maracineanu did not rule out the event going ahead without a crowd. The premiere cycling contest is currently set to take place from […]

Coronavirus: Olympics officially delayed; Champions League postponed

After weeks of speculation, the 2020 Olympics have officially been postponed.  The decision was reached following talks between Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Thomas Bach. A joint statement from the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee confirmed that “[the Games] must be rescheduled to a date beyond […]

Discovery’s Dplay to launch in MENA via Starzplay

Discovery MEA and Starzplay have signed a deal to bring the former’s OTT service Dplay to the MENA region. Dplay will launch through the Starzplay platform, adding thousands of hours of content from its global franchises such as Shark Week, MythBusters and Say Yes to the Dress. Launching in Q2, Dplay will launch with a […]

Nine Entertainment and Discovery in talks over new channel

Australian media giant Nine Entertainment is reportedly in talks to launch a new network in partnership with Discovery. The proposed channel will be called Rush and feature programming from Discovery, which is behind brands including Science Channel, Turbo and Animal Planet. Neither Nine nor Discovery confirmed the new channel plans but the Rush brand has […]

Chugani in at Discovery as DTC CFO and head of strategy and ops

Discovery has hired Google’s Neil Chugani as the chief financial officer and head of strategy and operations of its direct-to-consumer business. In this newly-created role, Chugani will be charged with the division’s financial strategy, working with Discovery’s DTC teams across the US and international markets. He joins from Google, where he had been since 2015. […]

Safety first for Discovery amid fears of delays to Tokyo Olympics; NBCUniversal sells record US$1.25 billion in ads

Eurosport owner Discovery has told Digital TV Europe that the safety of its employees is its “number one priority” amid fears that the Tokyo Olympics could be delayed over the spread of Coronavirus.  In mid-2019, Discovery committed to presenting “the most comprehensive digital coverage of a Summer edition of the Olympic Games across Europe” following the […]

Telia loses Eurosport channels in Nordics amid Discovery standoff

Telia has dropped Eurosport’s channels after the Nordic operator failed to reach a new carriage deal with broadcaster Discovery. Viewers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden saw the Eurosport channels disappear on the morning of March 3 at the expiration of the current carriage deal. As reported by Sport Business, the operator said that it […]

Discovery hires Hulu’s Holme for DTC strategy

Discovery has hired Lisa Holme to lead its direct-to-consumer strategy. Holme joins from Hulu, where she has been since 2010. Most recently she was the Disney-owned streamer’s head of content acquisition, and previously held roles at Illumination Entertainment and McKinsey & Company. At Discovery, Holme will have the official title of group senior vice president, […]

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