Germany


ProSiebenSat.1 names Nick Thexton as CTO

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has named former YouView and Cisco service provider video technology chief Nick Thexton as its CTO. Thexton, who comes to ProSiebenSat.1 from Inmarsat, where he is currently chief digital and product officer, will take up his new role in June, reporting to CEO Max Conze. He will be part of the […]

Tele Columbus chairman to quit ahead of schedule

German cable operator Tele Columbus’ supervisory board chairman Frank Donck is resigning ahead of the expiry of his term later this year. Donck has served as chairman since the incorporation of Tele Columbus in 2014, during which time he helped push through the company’s IPO, the acquisition of cable operators Primacom and Pepcom and the […]

Vodafone Deutschland upgrades more homes to Gigabit speed

Vodafone Deutschland has upgraded 134,000 cable homes in the city of Lübeck in northern Germany to receive Gigabit broadband. The upgrade means that residents of the city can surf the web with download speeds of 1Gbps. Vodafone has teamed up with housing associations Neue Lübecker Norddeutsche Baugenossenschaft eG and Lübecker Buaverein eG for the launch […]

KKR plans German media powerhouse with Tele München acquisition

Private-equity group KKR has acquired German media group Tele München Group (TMG) from its owner Herbert Kloiber after 42 years of the latter’s ownership of the outfit, with plans to refocus the company to take advantage of digital disruption. KKR has named former ZDF entertainment chief, Sat.1 and Kirch Media MD and Constantin Media chief […]

ProSiebenSat.1-Discovery JV makes key management appointments

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery’s German joint-venture 7TV’s CEO Alexander Vassilev has strengthened his management team by naming Katja Hofem as co-managing director for content, marketing and partner management and Jochen Cassel as co-managing director responsible for finance, legal and HR. The JV has also named Contanze Gilles as SVP of distribution and partnerships. Hofem will be […]

Deutsche Telekom sees strong TV growth in Germany

Deutsche Telekom saw solid growth in its TV base in Germany in the year to December, but a mixed performance in its central and eastern European markets. Deutsche Telekom had 3.353 million TV customers in Germany at the end of the year, up 6.8% year-on-year. TV revenues in Germany amounted to €1.483 billion, up 5.9%. […]

ProSiebenSat.1 hires Dyson exec as co-CEO of new standalone Entertainment company

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 is revamping its management structure, with its Entertainment arm to be split off as a standalone company under co-CEOs Wolfgang Link and Michaela Tod, currently president of soon-to-be-Singapore-based vacuum cleaner outfit Dyson’s Greater China region. Sales and marketing chief Sabina Eckhardt is meanwhile to leave the company by mutual consent, with her […]

M-net to expand G.fast and fibre net in Munich

German service provider M-net has extended a partnership with regional energy utility Stadtwerke München (SWM) to build out a G.fast network to 50,000 additional homes in Munich. The pair will build out a high-speed broadband network to the homes in the Bavarian state capital in the course of this year, bringing TV, internet and phone […]

Vodafone teams up with WDR for 5G TV trial

Vodafone Deutschland has teamed up with public broadcaster WDR to test the delivery of media library content over 5G, enabling viewers to receive 4K resolution video over wireless networks. The goal of the trial is to test the resilience of delivery of high-resolution content to mobile devices. For the purposes of the trial, WDR is […]

Sky Deutschland to resume Formula 1 broadcasting

Sky Deutschland has struck a new agreement with Formula 1 to carry the motorsport’s 2019 and 2020 seasons on satellite, cable, IPTV, web and mobile in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where it has German-speaking rights. The new agreement marks a reversal of Sky’s decision to pull out of Formula 1 last year to focus on […]