Virgin Media agrees €10m UTV Ireland buyout

Liberty Global-owned UK and Irish operator Virgin Media has agreed to buy Republic of Ireland broadcaster UTV Ireland for €10 million. Virgin will buy the free-to-air commercial channel from its current owner, UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV, and the deal also includes a 10-year Irish output deal for ITV-produced programming. The buyout marks the latest Irish […]

Kids block launching on Irish TV

The 3e free TV channel will launch a new kids block and has acquired series including Teletubbies and The Wiggles. 3e is a youth-skewed free-to-air channel and part of the Liberty Global-backed TV3 group. The new 3Kids strand kicks off on June 27 and will run seven days a week from 7am to 10am and be fronted by […]

Virgin-owned TV3 appoints managing director

Virgin Media-owned broadcaster TV3 has upped commercial director, Pat Kiely, to managing director of the Irish commercial station. With the appointment, Kiely, who has worked at TV3 since its launch in 1998, also joins the Virgin Media Ireland board. “TV3 is without doubt one of the biggest success stories in recent Irish media and I […]

ITVin talks to acquire UTV

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire UTV, the Northern Ireland broadcaster that owns the Channel 3-ITV franchise in the territory. UTV Media, the parent of UTV, confirmed reports over the weekend that suggested a deal to sell its television assets would be announced on the London Stock Market within days. “The board of UTV […]

Ofcom raps AXN and TV3 over lack of subtitling, audio description

Ofcom has found Sony Pictures Entertainment-owned AXN and MTG’s TV3 in breach of it Code on Television Access Services for failing to provide sufficient subtitling and audio description services. In its latest Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin, the UK regulator said that AXN and AXN Sci-fi, channels which both broadcast to Italy, were required to provide subtitles […]

Liberty’s UPC Ireland buys TV3 for €80 million

Liberty Global subsidiary UPC Ireland has agreed to buy Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 for a purchase price of €80 million. UPC Ireland agreed the deal with the privately owned channel’s parent company Doughty Hanson and said it will substantially fund the deal through “existing liquidity.” TV3 operates two free-to-air channels – flagship network TV3 and […]

Liberty Global mulls TV3 Ireland deal

Liberty Global is reportedly interested in acquiring Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 and is conducting due diligence on the business.  According to an Irish Times report Friday, which cites informed sources, Liberty Global is at an advanced staged of the process, though regulatory and ministerial clearance means the deal “could still be months away.” The report […]

Ford leave TV3 to take over at Fox UK

Jeff Ford is leaving Irish broadcaster TV3 to take the helm of Fox International Channel’s UK operations. Former Channel 5 content boss Ford will be general manager of Fox International Channels UK and steps into the new role in April. He will be based in London in the new role, a key consideration in his […]

Channels seek alternatives as ABS 2 suffers outage

Russian channels including the pay TV bouquet of Raduga TV have suffered disruption following a transponder outage on the Asia Satellite Broadcasting ABS 2 satellite at 75° East. Channels affected by the outage on Saturday evening, affecting two transponders, include Discovery channels, Viasat, Fox, Sony, Eurosport, NTV and TV3. The affected TV channels have been […]

Ireland’s TV3 plans original content push, digital initiatives

Irish commercial broadcaster TV3 is planning to make significant investments in original programming and digital initiatives over the coming year on the back of a strong rebound in the Irish advertising market and its acquisition of rights to next year’s Rugby World Cup. TV3  last week said the first three months of 2014 has been […]