Eleven Sports UK could shut down

Sports streaming service Eleven Sports’ UK operation may be shut down just four months after launching, according to press reports. Billed as the ‘Netflix of Sport’ and with minority investment from Endeavor Group, the fledgling platform has struggled to find a subscriber base in the UK and Ireland, according to reports. The service, which is […]

BBC revamping BBC+ content discovery app

The BBC has refreshed its experimental content discovery app,  BBC+, to take advantage of advanced data capabilities that the broadcaster’s technical team believe could deliver a superior personalised experience. The current BBC+ app is mostly provided by BBC News and replicates the BBC homepage. The BBC’s Datalab and the BBC+ app development teams have now […]

Pluto TV to launch pop-up channels and Action Sports

Linear ad-supported OTT TV service Pluto TV is to ramp up its free offering in the UK with three pop-up channels over the holiday season, while winter sports specials will introduce new permanent channel Pluto TV Action Sports. Pop-up Channel Pluto TV Xmas will show Christmas themed episodes of kids series and family movies, along […]

Sky to end 10-year involvement in UK cycling

Sky has announced that 2019 will be the final year of its involvement in cycling, drawing to a close an association spanning more than a decade. The move will bring to a conclusion the pay TV operator’s ownership and sponsorship of the successful Team Sky UK cycling team, which will continue to race under a […]

Kantar: reality TV driving social engagement with television

Reality TV has driven the highest level of social engagement of television content in the UK over the past year, according to a study by Kantar Media. Kantar recorded 75 million TV Tweets over the 12 months from December 2017 to November 2018, resulting in a total of 28 billion impressions. Entertainment programmes are the […]

Ofcom names Stephen Nuttall to content board

UK media regulator Ofcom has appointed former Sky and YouTube executive Stephen Nuttall to its content board. Nuttall, who joins the content board on a three-year term, has held positions including senior director at YouTube EMEA and group commercial director at Sky. He has also served as a board member of Team Sky, ,Sky’s professional […]

Sky chief blasts mulled voluntary TV gambling ad ban

Sky UK CEO Stephen van Rooyen has criticised the floating of plans by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), which represents gambling firms including Bet365, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes, to voluntary implement a ‘whistle-to-whistle’ ban on TV advertising of their services during the airing of sports fixtures on TV. In an article published in The Times, […]

YouView names new CEO

UK digital TV platform YouView has named Susie Buckridge as its new CEO. She will take up her post in the New Year following the departure of long-serving CEO Richard Halton. Buckridge was responsible for partnerships and commercial affairs at YouView before rising to become director of product and, more recently, working with Halton and […]

BBC iPlayer records ‘strongest month to date’

The BBC iPlayer on-demand service recorded its strongest month to date in October, boosted by the popularity of hit series Killing Eve, Doctor Who and The Cry. BBC iPlayer recorded 334 million requests in October, up 18% year-on-year, with a new record for average daily requests of 10.8 million. Based on number of requests, October […]

Freesat names trio of senior managers

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has named a trio of new senior executives to its top technology, marketing and finance roles. Freesat has named Martin Hughes as director of technology, responsible for leading the technology team and oversees the engineering, product and operations functions, as well as setting the company’s overarching technical strategy. Hughes previously […]

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