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 […]

Netia and TVN add Eleven Sports services

Polish telecom service provider Netia is adding new sports channels Eleven and Eleven Sports to its TV offering, while broadcaster TVN Group is to add Eleven Sports to its OTT platform The sports channels will be offered as part of Netia’s Sport i Emocje package. The channels will be available free of charge to […]

Scripps completes acquisition of majority stake in TVN

Scripps Networks Interactive has closed its acquisition of a majority stake in Polish commercial broadcaster TVN from ITI and Canal+ Group. Scripps has acquired a 52.7% stake in the broadcaster for €584 million. The company has acquired the stake by taking 100% control of N-Vision, a company that, directly or indirectly, through Polish Television Holdings […]

Polish competition office approves Scripps-TVN deal

The Polish competition office, UOKIK, has approved Scripps Networks Interactive’s plans to buy 100% of Polish broadcaster TVN. In a statement, UOKIK said that Southbank Media – a UK-based company owned by the Scripps Networks Interactive – may take over N-Vision, the owner of TVN. It claimed that the deal would “not lead to a […]

TVN makes board appointments

Polish broadcaster TVN has made a number of appointments to its board. The broadcast group, which has interests in commercial free-to-air and pay TV in Poland, has named Arnold Bahlmann, Rodolphe  Belmer, Michael Broniatowski, Paul Gricuk, Sophie Guieysse, Wojciech Kostrzewa, Bertrand Meheut, Wieslaw Rozłucki, Bruno  Valsangiacomo, Peter Walter and Aldona Wejchert to its board. Bahlmann […]