European TV news ‘pluralistic and varied’ says EAO report

A new report from the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) into TV news channels has revealed that around 140 ‘news only’ TV channels are available in Europe. Among the report’s key findings is that 67% of these channels belong to media groups that only have one news channel, suggesting the market is “pluralistic and varied”. According […]

Rupert Murdoch calls on Facebook to pay ‘carriage fees’ for news

News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch has called for Facebook to pay publishers for news content in the same way that TV operators pay broadcasters to air their channels. In a statement, Murdoch said that reputable news outlets are “not being adequately rewarded”, despite “obviously enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook” through their content. […]

BBC head of news leaves to start ‘news media venture’

The BBC’s director of news and current affairs, James Harding, is due to step down at the beginning of 2018 to launch his own news media venture. Harding, a seasoned journalist who was editor of The Times newspaper before joining the BBC, has overseen all of the BBC’s News and Current Affairs programming since his […]

Nielsen: US adults’ news consumption up 18% in 2016

US adults spent 72.5 billion minutes consuming news in the average week in 2016, an 18% increase from the prior year, according to Nielsen. The research firm found that the biggest increase came from national cable news networks, with weekly gross minutes of news consumption reaching 27.1 billion last year, compared to 18.8 billion in 2015. […]

Sky to live-stream sport and news on Facebook

Sky is planning to broadcast “a great deal of content” on Facebook Live in the coming months across both news and sports, according to digital director Lucien Bowater. In a company blog post, Bowater said that Sky will give a “unique behind the scenes look” at a number of major sporting events and breaking news […]

BBC Trust: no evidence the BBC ‘crowds out’ competition

There is “no clear evidence” that BBC entertainment, news and online content “crowd out” commercial broadcasters or local newspapers, according to research commissioned by the corporation. The report, conducted by KPMG for the BBC Trust, said that there was no firm evidence linking the BBC’s activity with patterns of increasing or decreasing consumption of entertainment […]

Bahrain suspends broadcast of Alarab news channel

Bahrain’s government has suspended the broadcast of the recently launched Alarab news channel, citing non-compliance with broadcast regulations. In a statement, Bahrain’s Information Affairs Authority (IAA) said that the channel had failed to match regional and international standards related to “stemming the tide of extremism and terrorism throughout the region and the wider world.” It also […]

Viacom’s Channel 5 to up news output following Ofcom settlement

UK broadcaster Channel 5 is to increase its news and original programming output, according to new licensing rules set out by Ofcom that follow Viacom’s buyout of the station. According to the UK broadcast regulator’s Channel 5  ‘change of control’ review, which was published today, the network must increase its minimum quota of news programmes […]

Ukraine launches YouTube news service

Ukrainian free-to-air channel Ukraine has launched a YouTube news service. The service carries key news stories of the day and is subtitled in English. The Ukraine channel said the service, the first of its type in Ukraine, is intended to allow an international audience to follow events in the country.

Eurosport agrees SNTV sports news deal

Broadcaster Eurosport has signed a three-year deal with sports video news agency SNTV, which will provide digital and TV broadcast content for Eurosport’s international channels. Eurosport will use the material for its daily sports news bulletins and regular magazine shows, as well as for its digital portfolio of websites and apps. SNTV is a joint […]