Ringier Axel Springer buys out TVN, takes full control of Onet

Ringier Axel Springer Media has become the sole owner of Polish web portal Onet after buying the remaining 25% of the business it doesn’t already own from joint venture partner TVN. The acquisition stems from an agreement signed by Scripps-owned Polish media company TVN and Ringier Axel Springer Media in 2012, the year that the […]

UPC Poland first up with TVN catch-up service

Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Poland is to be the first Polish service provider to make Scripps Networks Interactive-owned broadcaster TVN’s Replay TV service available to its subscribers. TVN Replay TV will enable viewers to watch selected broadcast TV programmes for up to seven days after their linear airing.  The catch-up service will be available […]

TVN inks new Warner Bros. deal

Polish broadcaster TVN has agreed a new deal with Warner Bros., covering the studios TV series and features. The agreement gives TVN the free TV and basic pay rights to a raft of new and catalogue titles. Series included in the deal include Lethal Weapon and Lucifer. Feature films include The Lego Movie, Godzilla, American Sniper, Fantastic […]

TVN picks up Drone Racing for

TVN is set to debut Drone Racing League in Poland via its over-the-top streaming service DRL races will be available to view via’s premium Player Plus pay-monthly offering. “Drone Racing League is a sport of the future. Complicated tracks and remarkable speed up to 160km/h, makes it the most extreme sport discipline in […]

Scripps confirms Samples as TVN chief, Lowe to be chairman

Scripps Networks Interactive has named Jim Samples as president of its Polish subsidiary TVN, with Scripps chairman and president Kenneth Lowe taking the role of chairman of the Warsaw-based media group. Samples has headed up TVN on an interim basis since the departure of Markus Tellenbach in July last year. He will now serve as […]

TVN to run three Scripps channels from 2017

TVN will take charge of three local versions of the Scripps Networks Interactive channel brands HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel from January 2017. The move will see Scripps-owned TVN launch the HGTV and Food Network channels as part of its line-up, while the already-available Travel Channel will come under its management. HGTV (Home and […]

TVN appoints legal director to the board

Poland’s TVN Group has appointed legal department director, Marek Szydłowski, to the management board. The move applies with immediate effect and Szydłowski will continue to have overall responsibility for all aspects of legal service, as well as information security, compliance and internal audit. “Over the last three years Marek has provided outstanding leadership to our […]

Polsat dramatically expands OTT offering

Polish commercial broadcaster Polsat Group has added a raft of 31 new channels to its Ipla OTT service, expanding the offering to 77 services across seven packages. Ipla has added sports channels Eleven and Eleven Sports HD – which are part of the Ipla Eleven Sports package – Polsat Sport Fight HD and Extreme Sports […]

Scripps gears up for European HGTV launches

Scripps has identified a “substantial opportunity” for HGTV in Europe, and said that the global rollout of the channel is a “key priority”. Speaking on the company’s second quarter earnings call, Scripps CEO Kenneth Lowe said that the company would make more announcements about Home and Garden Television in Europe in “the coming months”. This […]

Tellenbach exits TVN, Scripps’ Samples takes charge

Media veteran Markus Tellenbach is leaving his post as president and CEO of Polish media group TVN, with Scripps’ international chief Jim Samples filling the role until a permanent replacement is found. SNI said Tellenbach is stepping down without citing any reason for his departure, which comes 12 months after Scripps completed its takeover of […]