Scripps boosted by TVN performance

Scripps Networks Interactive’s first quarter revenue has been boosted by the performance of Polish broadcast subsidiary TVN and by a strong showing from domestic US advertising. Scripps’ operating revenues grew by 24.1% to reach US$816.9 million (€716 million) in the first quarter, with segment operating profit rising by 31.7% to reach US$338.4 million. The inclusion […]

Scripps results driven by US, international gains

Scripps Networks Interactive reported strong fourth quarter results, driven by advertiser demand for Scripps’ brands in the US and by its takeover of Polish broadcaster TVN. Scripps’ Q4 operating revenue for its International Networks division was US$163.0 million, an increase of US$135.7 million compared with Q4 2014, while profit was US$36.4 million, compared to a loss of US$8.0 million a year […]

Inea doubles online TV offering

Polish cable operator Inea has doubled the number of channel available as part of its online TV offering. Inea Online TV now offers a mix of over 60 channels, including a number that are available outside Inea’s network. Additions to the service include TVN24 HD, TVN Style HD, TVN Turbo HD, AXN, Sundance Channel HD, […]

Liberty Global hires new content chief

Liberty Global has hired Australian TV veteran Bruce Mann to head up its content strategy. Liberty Global has appointed Mann to the newly created role of managing director, programming, covering all central content and programming, including content investments. He will be based in Amsterdam, and will take up his new role in January 2016. Mann, who […]

TVN finance chief to quit

TVN’s chief financial officer John Driscoll has resigned his position. Driscoll, who is also quitting as vice-president of the TVN management board, will continue with the company in an advisory capacity for a specified period of time. Piotr Korycki, member of the TVN management board in charge of business controlling, has been appointed as vice-president of […]

TVN hails Web Therapy success

Polish broadcaster TVN’s new online-only series Web Therapy, which premiered on the platform on October 21, has attracted over 300,000 views, breaking the company’s record to date. Fremantle Media-produced Web Therapy, starring Polish Oscar-winning actress Agata Kulesza, is the first of a series of online productions unveiled by TVN at MIPCOM last month. Piotr […]

Digital TV CEE Award winners revealed

Warsaw’s Belvedere restaurant was the scene for the inaugural Digital TV CEE Awards yesterday evening, hosted by DTVE editor Stuart Thomson and independent consultant Alexander Oudendijk. The Industry Leader Award went to Toomas Tiivel, group chief commercial officer of Starman. East Capital Explorer-backed Starman has emerged as a key consolidator in the cable and pay […]

Numericable-SFR adds Polish bouquet

French service provider Numericable-SFR has added a Polish bouquet to its La Box Fibre services across both the Numericable and SFR networks. The Bouquet Polonais comprises four channels, available for €6.90 a month. The service will include iTVN and iTVN Extra, entertainment channels from TVN Group aimed at Poles living abroad, new channel TVN24 and […]

Nc+ to carry Eleven Sports Networks channels

Polish pay TV operator nc+ has added sports channels Eleven and Eleven Sports. Subscribers will have free access to the channel for a promotional period. Nc+ sports director Michał Jarocki said that the deal had been struck “after long and difficult negotiations”. Eleven Sports Network hold rights to, among other things, Spanish, French and Italian […]

Scripps now owns 98.8% of TVN, plans ‘squeeze out’ for the rest

Scripps Networks Interactive has confirmed that it now owns 98.8% of TVN and will start the “squeeze out process” to secure 100% of the Polish broadcaster. Scripps acquired approximately 46% of TVN’s shares for some US$833.1 million (€746.7 million) after concluding its tender offer for all outstanding shares last week. This comes after it completed […]