PwC: UK M&E to grow despite economic downward trend

The UK media and entertainment sector can expect robust long-term growth forecast over the next four years, with market expected to be valued at £97 billion by 2026, despite the economic problems the country faces, according to PwC’s latest report. According to the UK Entertainment and Media Outlook (E&M) 2022-26: Trusting the digital path ahead, […]

SkyShowtime to begin rollout on September 20 in Nordics

SkyShowtime, the streaming joint-venture of Comcast and Paramount Global, will launch on September 20. The service was first revealed in mid-2021, and will bring together entertainment, movies and original series from the NBCUniversal, Sky and Paramount portfolio of brands, including titles from Showtime, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, Paramount+ Originals, Sky Studios, Universal Pictures, and Peacock. Highlighted […]

BT launches streaming-only option for Freeview channels

UK telco BT’s TV Box Pro customers can now access the bulk of the operator’s TV service without the need for a terrestrial antenna via a streaming-only mode on its advanced set-top. BT is also launching the BT TV Box Mini, a new multiroom compact TV box, which lets customers watch TV in an extra […]

Ofcom sanctions Samaa TV for hate speech

UK media regulator Ofcom has imposed financial penalties for breaches of its broadcasting rules on channels Samaa TV and Studio 66. Samaa TV owner Up and Coming TV must pay £40,000 for breaches of the Broadcasting Code the channel, while Ofcom is also imposing a £15,000 financial penalty on 965 TV Limited, after its Studio 66 service […]

BBC iPlayer records strongest Q2 ever

Drama series including Peaky Blinders, The Split, Killing Eve and Sherwood, and live events including Glastonbury, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and the Eurovision Song Contest helped deliver record numbers of viewers to BBC iPlayer in the second quarter of the year, according to the pubcaster. Programmes were streamed over 1.6 billion times between April and […]

A+E Networks debuts D2C Crime+Investigation streamer in UK

A+E Networks EMEA is to launch what it claims to be the only dedicated direct-to-consumer destination for true crime on September 5 in the UK. The streaming service, Crime+Investigation Play, will offer over 1,000 hours of premium programming and local originals. The direct-to-consumer service will offer boxsets, a library of browsable content, curated collections, and new […]

Warner Bros. Discovery names UK and Ireland leadership team

Warner Bros. Discovery has confirmed its senior leadership team for the UK & Ireland, to be headed up by new general manager Antonio Ruiz. Ruiz was appointed to his role in June, reporting into EMEA president and MD Priya Dogra, and has now selected his top execs. As part of the restructure, long-time Discovery exec Simon Downing, head […]

Metadata outfit MetaBroadcast names ex-Amino exec Mackinlay as CEO

UK-based metadata specialist MetaBroadcast has named Jamie Mackinlay as CEO. Mackinlay has had several executive roles in media technology companies, including Amino, ADB Global and Singula Decisions. He was appointed as Amino’s global VP of marketing in 2018, having previously served as SVP of sales, marketing and business development at ADB Global. MetaBroadcast says it […]

ITV consensus expectations ‘too high’ says Berenberg

UK commercial broadcaster ITV faces significant “headwinds coming in advertising” and the consensus view of its financial prospects for this year and next are “too high”, according to analysts at Berenberg. Berenberg’s analysts believe that the commercial broadcaster’s strong first half results were “largely to do with phasing” of costs in media and entertainment and […]

ITV sees revenues jump but ITVX streamer plan hits profits

ITV Studios (ITVS) has helped its UK commercial broadcaster parent ITV record a half-year jump in revenue, but the impact of investing in content and tech for soon-to-launch streamer ITVX has hit profits. The global production and distribution arm of ITV saw revenues rise 16% to £927m ($1.12bn) in the first six months of the year, with EBITA […]

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