Trace launches three new channels in the UK

Media group Trace is launching three new channels in the UK on the Sky platform on November 1. The three channels, Trace Urban, Trace Vault and Trace Latina will bring a line-up of afro-urban and Latin music videos alongside shows including Moesha, Clueless and Clarissa Explains it All to viewers. Trace currently operates 24 TV channels, 70 FM and […]

Culture secretary will not intervene in BBC decision to scrap free TV licences for over 75s, “open-minded” to subscription model

UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is “open-minded” about changes to the way the BBC is funded, including moving from a licence-fee model towards a subscription-led service. Morgan was responding to a question during a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee meeting in which she was asked whether she would […]

Arqiva sells telecom assets for £2bn to focus on broadcast

UK broadcast and telecom transmission service outfit Arqiva has struck a deal with Cellnex for the sale of its telecoms infrastructure and related assets at an enterprise value of £2 billion. The transaction will see about.7,400 of Arqiva’s cellular sites, including masts and towers as well as urban rooftop sites, and the right to market […]

BBC announces iPlayer revamp to launch in 2020

The BBC is working on a total overhaul of its iPlayer streaming service, the broadcaster has confirmed. This announced revamp follows Ofcom’s decision that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available from 30 days to one year.  The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned […]

BFI Player launches on Apple TV in UK

The British Film Institute’s s subscription streaming service, BFI Player, is now available to UK customers through Apple TV channels on the Apple TV app across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and select Samsung smart TVs. Customers can subscribe directly to the service on the Apple TV app for £4.99 per month. Subscribers to BFI Player through Apple TV channels can […]

Italian authorities launch tax probe into Netflix

The Milan Public Prosecutor has opened an investigation into possible tax avoidance by Netflix in Italy, according to press reports. According to Il Corriere della Sera, chief prosecutor Francesco Greco has charged deputy Gaetano Ruta with investigating Netflix’s tax affairs, even though the company does not have a physical presence in the country in the […]

ITV taps Imagine for advertising upgrade

Imagine Communications’ Landmark II advertising sales solution has been chosen by UK commercial broadcaster ITV as an upgrade to better manage linear airtime sales across its advertising ecosystem. The implementation leverages existing API-based touch points that have been developed by Imagine for key ITV systems, enabling the integration of Landmark II into the ITV advertising technology platform and […]

Berenberg: ‘uncompelling’ Britbox leaves ITV ‘between a rock and hard place’

The proposed Britbox streaming service between ITV and BBC in the UK looks “uncompelling” in the face of growing SVOD competition, including Apple’s announcement that its own streaming offering would be priced as low as US$4.99, according to analysts from Berenberg, which have ITV a ‘hold’ recommendation. According to Berenberg’s analysts, Britbox will likely struggle […]

BBC to launch new open archive site

The BBC is to make thousands of archive clips available to watch on a new website, The broadcaster said it was making 1,700 newly published videos are being made available for viewers to watch The BBC said that the new site will help people navigate an ever-increasing portion of the more than 10 million […]

Discovery boosts ad sales team in wake of UKTV deal

Discovery has promoted Katie Coteman to vice-president, advertising and partnerships, effective immediately. She was previously senior director of commercial operations, In her new role, she will lead the ad sales, partnerships and digital sales strategies for Discovery’s channel brands in the UK. Meanwhile, Kirsty Baker and Alex Hodge have joined Discovery in the newly created positions of […]

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