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BBC sets out launch plan for limited free licence for over-75s

UK public broadcaster the BBC is to launch its delayed licence fee scheme for the over 75s in August, giving a free licence to senior citizens who receive Pension Credit rather than the current blanket free licence provided to all in that age group. The BBC Board has confirmed it will begin the new scheme […]

Sky gets green light for Elstree studio development

Sky’s new large-scale UK production facility, Sky Studios Elstree, has secured planning permission, enabling the pay TV operator to proceed with construction works, following a unanimous decision by Hertsmere Borough Council. Sky’s investment in the facility is being backed by its owner Comcast and is in partnership with sister-company NBCUniversal. Legal & General will be […]

Virgin Media reveals impact of coronavirus on TV consumption

Liberty Global-owned UK service provider Virgin Media has unveiled statistics revealing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on TV viewing habits, with the operator reporting a 10% increase in customers watching TV compared to pre-lockdown, and with customers watching an extra 41 minutes per day on average. Saturday March 28 was the busiest day for […]

UK watchdog calls for action on Google and Facebook’s market power

UK competition watchdog the CMA has called on the British government to take on Google and Facebook’s market power in the online advertising market. According to the regulator, based on the results of a year-long market study, “existing laws are not suitable for effective regulation” and it is “recommending a new pro-competition regulatory regime to […]

Fries: Virgin Media-O2 merger is ‘huge opportunity’ to target wider market

Liberty Global’s agreement with Telefónica to combine Virgin Media and O2 in the UK presents a big chance to cross-sell products, including potentially targeting lower-end customers, according to Liberty CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Bank of America Securities’ 2020 Telecom & Media Conference online, Fries said that some 80% of Virgin customers have some other […]

Liberty Global sees ‘some logic’ in Benelux combination but major challenges stand in way

Liberty Global sees “some compelling logic” in a combination of Belgian operator Telenet and its Dutch JV VodafoneZiggo, according to CEO Mike Fries, although such a combination is probably too complex to happen any time soon. Speaking online for a Bank of America Securies Telecom & Media Conference, Fries said there was “some compelling logic […]

Virgin Media takes STV nationwide and adds All 4

Virgin Media has extended the reach of STV Player, the TV app from Scottish commercial broadcaster STV to its entire footprint, giving the latter broader coverage across the UK, and has also added UK pubcaster Channel 4’s All 4 app to its TV platform. STV has agreed a deal with Virgin Media which will enable […]

Channel 4 strikes deal with Snap in UK

UK public broadcaster Channel 4 has struck an agreement with social network provider Snap that will see some 300 short form edits of Channel 4 content air on Snapchat’s Discover platform over the next year.  The new agreement solidifies a partnership that began in 2018, when Channel 4 was part of the launch of UK […]

BBC exploring BBC Four global subscription service plan

The UK’s BBC is “exploring potential commercial opportunities” around turning its culture-skewing channel BBC Four into a global subscription service. The future of the arts and culture channel has been in doubt over recent months as the UK broadcaster attempts to balance budgets, while its editor Cassian Harrison recently took a nine-month attachment at commercial arm […]

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