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Finecast signs up new addressable TV partners

Addressable TV specialist Finecast has extended its UK TV reach beyond traditional broadcasters on its platform, with the onboarding of four new supply partners – Roku, Rakuten, Pluto and YuppTV. The supply partnership will enable advertisers to reach and measure audiences at scale across these platforms, according to the company. Rakuten is pre-installed in over […]

Liberty Global and Telefónica name UK JV management

Liberty Global and Telefónica have named current Virgin Media CEO Lutz Schüler as CEO of their planned UK 50:50 joint venture, with O2 chief financial officer Patricia Cobian to be CFO of the combined operation. Schüler joined Virgin Media in 2018 as chief operating officer and has been CEO at Virgin Media since June 2019. […]

UK consumers switching on to ad-supported streaming

Over eight in ten UK consumers – 83% – are willing to watch ads to gain access to free streaming content, while 56% plan to start watching free ad-supported streaming services over the next 12 months, according to a report by IAS based on consumer research carried out in December. Some 19% of consumers usually […]

UK government drops plan to decriminalise non-payment of BBC licence fee

The UK government has shelved plans to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee that funds public broadcaster the BBC, but with the caveat that such a move will “remain under active consideration while more work is undertaken to understand the impact of alternative enforcement schemes”. The decision not to decriminalise non-payment comes after a consultation […]

BBC responds to NAO reports as value of licence fee revenue drops 31% in a decade

The BBC has responded to the UK National Audit Office’s recent report on its financial plight and other challenges facing it by pointing to initiatives currently underway, including its intention to address the next phase of savings in its forthcoming annual plan. In its response the BBC noted that the value of revenue from the […]

BBC iPlayer sees record breaking holiday fortnight

UK public broadcaster the BBC’s BBC iPlayer video-on-demand service broke viewing records over the holiday period, seeing 245 million streams over between December 21 and January 3, up by 16% on the same two weeks last year.  New Year’s Day was the biggest day for iPlayer, with 21.2 million streams, the most popular New Year […]

Tory donor Richard Sharp selected as next BBC chair

Richard Sharp, a former Goldman Sachs banker and advisor to Tory chancellor Rishi Sunak, has been named as the new chairperson of the BBC. Sharp’s appointment was initially leaked on Wednesday before he was formally announced by culture secretary Oliver Dowden as the government’s preferred candidate to replace Sir David Clementi. The 64-year-old Sharp has […]

Digital video services reach almost £3 billion in UK revenue

British consumer spend on entertainment skyrocketed to £9 billion in 2020, with digital streaming services taking up a significant amount of that total. According to a new report from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), the entertainment sector revenues of £9.05 billion marked the fastest growth rate since records began thanks to a year in which […]

UK to miss Boris Johnson’s ‘turbocharged’ broadband pledge 

The UK Parliament’s spending watchdog has warned that the country will miss its 2025 full-fibre rollout plan. Part of the Conservative’s 2019 election manifesto, Boris Johnson promised that the entirety of the UK would be covered by so-called ‘turbocharged’ broadband by 2025. This however is unlikely to be met, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has […]

Jeremy Darroch to step down as Sky CEO

Jeremy Darroch is to step down as group CEO of Sky after 13 years leading the company, with Comcast Cable and former Virgin Media executive Dana Strong replacing him. Darroch, the longest serving CEO in Sky’s three-decade history, will continue to serve as executive chairman through 2021 to ensure a smooth transition and will then […]

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