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Sky reveals ambitious plans for Elstree-based film and TV studio

Comcast-owned studio/broadcaster Sky has unveiled plans to build a new 32-acre, state-of-the-art TV and film studio next door to the world-famous Elstree Studios. Sky says the proposed development represents a significant new investment in the UK and European creative economy and will be made with Comcast’s blessing. According to Sky, the new Sky Studios Elstree […]

UKTV’s Alibi acquires international dramas from A+E and Banijay

UK PayTV broadcaster UKTV has acquired two high-profile series for its crime drama channel Alibi. The two shows, Miss Scarlet and the Duke and The Gulf, are UKTV’s most high-profile scripted acquisitions since it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BBC Studios and restructured its management team under Marcus Arthur. Miss Scarlet and the Duke is […]

English Premier League seeks new boss after Pemsel exit

The Premier League has resumed its hunt for a new CEO after The Guardian Media Group’s David Pemsel stood down before officially joining in the new year. Pemsel has resigned from the job two months ahead of when he was scheduled to begin the post, following allegations about his personal life published in UK tabloid The […]

Viacom International Media Networks names Frow as UK director of programmes

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has named Ben Frow as director of programmes for its UK operations, promoting him with an expanded brief that involves being responsible for all content for the company’s TV networks and associated streaming services in the UK.  He will take up the new role with immediate effect, reporting in due […]

UKTV names Michaelides as chief marketing and innovation officer

BBC Studios-owned multichannel broadcaster UKTV has named Simon Michaelides as its new chief marketing and innovation Officer (CMIO). In this newly created role at the broadcaster, he will replace chief marketing and communications officer, Zoë Clapp, who is leaving the company. Reporting to UKTV CEO Marcus Arthur, Michaelides will lead the marketing, consumer communications, social […]

Starzplay launches as standalone service in UK, France, Germany, Brazil and Mexico

Lionsgate-backed cable channel Starz is rolling out a direct-to-consumer app in five countries, including the UK and France. The Starzplay app is also launching in Brazil, Germany and Mexico, and plans are in place to launch in 20 additional countries next year. To date, Starzplay has found distribution via platforms such as Apple TV and […]

BBC’s Clementi makes case against subscription model 

A move away from licence fee finding to a subscription model means that the BBC would “no longer be the BBC you and I know” and would undermine the public service broadcaster principle of universality, according to Sir David Clementi, the pubcaster’s governor.  Speaking at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer at the end […]

BT launches Pre-Xmas Amazon Prime deal and expands 4K/HDR offer

UK telco BT is offering all new and re-contracting customers of its streaming platform BT TV the chance to watch Amazon Prime Video free for six months. The offer means users will be able to access hit shows such as The Grand Tour, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, Good Omens as well […]

Premier Sports launches on Netgem.tv

Premier Sports is to provide its services on the Netgem.tv platform in the UK. The broadcaster, which is available through subscription service to 16 million homes, has chosen Netgem.tv as a strategic partner in order to capitalise on its ability to distribute content via fibre optic connectivity across the UK, according to Netgem. The agreement […]

Teleste claims second victory in patent dispute with Technetix

Finnish broadband technology outfit Teleste has claimed victory in a patent dispute with Technetix, which had sued for infringement of a patent covering home amplifiers and compact isolator equipment.  Teleste said that theUK Patents Court’s decision, ruling that Technetix’ patent was invalid on several grounds and that it should be revoked, meant that Teleste had […]

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