Viaplay to recapitalise, exit UK, Poland and Baltics

Viaplay has seen its shares dive 75% after unveiling a recapitalisation plan ahead of its delayed Q3 results, with the embattled Nordic streamer also confirming it will be exiting the Baltics, Poland and the UK and selling its Central and Eastern European production group Paprika Studios. The streamer revealed its operating income had declined SEK321 […]

Viaplay to sell UK sports operation back to Premier Sports

Struggling Nordic streamer Viaplay has agreed to sell Premier Sports in the UK back to the company it bought it from. Viaplay acquired Premier Sports’ UK operation last year, rebranding its channels and taking over sponsorship of the Scottish League Cup. The Viaplay-branded channels will now return to Premier Sports ownership. The deal is subject […]

Channel 4 faces ‘tough year’ as linear ad market shrinks amid economic gloom

UK advertising-funded public broadcaster Channel 4 faces a “tough year” in 2024 because of the performance of the UK economy, according to CEO Alex Mahon. Speaking at a hearing of the UK parliament’s culture, media and sport committee, she said C4 expected revenues to drop by 8-9% during the year because the linear ad market […]

Racing TV to broadcast Japan Cup in the UK and Ireland for first time

Japanese horse racing competition, the Japan Cup, will be shown live in the UK and Ireland for the first time on Racing TV, with the event kicking off on Sunday, November 26. The 43rd edition of the race carries Japan’s biggest winning prize of JPY500 million, approximately £2.7m. Racing TV is the the UK home […]

DAZN teams with YouTube to bring NFL Game Pass to UK and Germany

Sports streamer DAZN has teamed up with YouTube to make NFL Game Pass available as a Primetime Channel in the UK and Germany.    The pair said the Game Pass collaboration markes the launch of their global partnership and is a significant step forward in delivering premium sports content to American football enthusiasts in the UK […]

Sky Sports extends PGA Championship rights

Sky Sports has struck a three- year extension deal with The PGA of America to deliver live coverage of the PGA Championship and Senior PGA Championship in the UK and Ireland. The sports broadcaster retains the rights to air in-depth coverage of the PGA Championship and Senior PGA Championship through to 2027. The 2024 PGA […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: ‘Grinding’ European telecoms industry needs consolidation

The European telecoms business is badly in need of consolidation, according to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley’s European Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Barcelona, Fries said that the European telecoms space remained highly fragmented compared with other parts of the world, and that action is needed to fix this. […]

Sky Sports and Now to air Cricket World Cup knock-out stages in Hindi

The UK’s Sky Sports and Sky’s streaming service Now are to show the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup knock-out stages with dedicated Hindi commentary – said to be a first in broadcasting from a mainstream player like Sky.  The commentary will be available for the semi-finals between India v New Zealand today and South Africa v […]

ITV names head of creative strategy

Tatiana Jezierski, formerly strategy director at advertising agency Mother, is to join ITV Creative, the in-house agency set up to promote ITV content, later this month as head of creative strategy. The move will re-unite Jezierski with Niki Garner, director of ITV Creative, on the leadership team of ITV’s in-house creative agency; Garner was also […]

TNT Sports agrees UEFA Women’s Champions League deal with DAZN

UK and Ireland sports join-venture TNT Sports has boosted its European club football offering after agreeing a sublicence deal with streamer DAZN that will see certain games from the UEFA Women’s Champions League and from the French, Spanish and German leagues on its channels and platforms, starting this season. TNT Sports has licenced the rights […]

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