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United Group names new Nova Broadcasting and Vivacom chiefs

South-eastern European service provider United Group has named Dirk Gerkens as CEO of Bulgaria’s Nova Broadcasting Group and Nikolai Andreev as CEO of Bulgarian service provider subsidiary Vivacom. United Group announced on Wednesday that it has appointed Andreev, currently CEO of Nova Broadcastng Group, as CEO of Vivacom, effective 1 December. Andreev succeeds Atanas Dobrev […]

United Group’s Nova secures first-run NBCUniversal content

United Group-owned Greek pay TV operator Nova has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution for first run pay window rights for NBCUniversal’s films and TV series.  Feature films that will premiere exclusively on Novacinema channels include: F9: The Fast Saga, as well as all eight previous movies in the blockbuster Fast & Furious movie franchise, […]

United Group’s Nova makes key appointments

United Group-owned Greek pay TV operator Nova has made a series of key management appointments including a new head of its media unit and a new chief commercial officer. Other appointments include a business commercial director and executives to lead functions including marketing, HR and legal. Kiki Silvestriadou has been named CEO of Nova Media. Silvestriadou joins […]

United Group acquires Wind Hellas

South-eastern European service provider United Group has reached an agreement with Crystal Almond Holdings Limited to acquire Greek telecoms operator Wind Hellas. Wind has a total of 4.2 million users and offers mobile, fixed, internet, and television services. It generates revenues in excess of €500 million annually. United Group said that the acquisition would enable […]

United Group to take majority stake in Croatia’s Optima Telecom

South-eastern European service provider United Group has struck an agreement with Deutsche Telekom-owned Croatian telco Hrvatski Telekom and Zagrebacka Banka to acquire a majority stake in Optima Telekom, which offers fixed internet and pay TV services in the country. United Group – which operates in Croatia under the Telemach brand – has signed a sales […]

United Group hails year of spectacular growth

South-eastern Europe region service provider United Group’s spate of acquisitions saw its annualised revenues almost treble in the year to March to close to €2 billion, with Bulgarian acquisition Vivacom the largest contributor to revenue and EBITDA by some margin. Providing a trading update for 2020 and the first quarter of this year, United Group, […]

Forthnet sees pay TV revenues fall

Greek pay TV operator Forthnet, now wholly owned by Serbia-based United Group, saw its overall subscription base dip slightly in 2020 despite a rise in total retail and wholesale pay TV numbers, but with pay TV revenues falling by 11%. Total subscriptions dipped by 2.7% in the year to December, ending at 868,823, based on […]

United Group names new Forthnet CEO

Greek pay TV outfit Forthnet’s owner United Group has named Panayotis Georgiopoulos as CEO of the unit, effective from April 1. Georgiopoulos joins from Wind Hellas, where he is currently Business Segment Executive Director. Before Wind he spent eight years at Vodafone Greece, initially as Head of Strategy and then Commercial Operations Director. Georgiopoulos takes over […]

United Group to acquire Bulgaria’s Nova Broadcasting

South-east European pay TV outfit United Group has reached an agreement to acquire Bulgaria’s Nova Broadcasting Group from Advance Media Group. The transaction is expected to close early this year subject to regulatory approvals. Nova comprises of 10 TV channels including national Nova TV, the country’s largest online platform Net Info that reach on average […]

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