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CBS reportedly in bid for Viacom

CBS is set to make an all-stock offer for Viacom that prices the US company below its current market valuation, according to reports Reuters revealed earlier today that the “unusual” merger move may threaten negotiations that would see the two media giants reunite after 13 years. The report states that CBS chief Leslie Moonves will also […]

TDG: NBCU top channel group for US viewers

NBCUniversal networks was the group of channels that most US viewers would choose if they had to select package of five TV network groups for a ‘skinny TV plan’, according to The Diffusion Group. The research firm found that the ‘big-four’ broadcast network groups occupied the top five slots when viewers were asked which they […]

20th Century Fox takes stake in Italian VOD outfit Chili

20th Century Fox has taken a 4% stake in Italian transactional video-on-demand provider Chili in a reported €6 million investment in the platform. Fox joins Warner Bros, Viacom-Paramount and Sony Pictures as shareholders in the venture. Warner Bros and Paramount have 4% stakes, while Sony has a 3% stake in the venture. Torino 1895 Investments, […]

Viacom plans direct-to-consumer streaming service

Viacom has revealed plans to launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service later this year. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in San Francisco, Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish said that the new service would draw from more than 10,000 hours of library content. “We’re going to implement [the service] on a […]

Nick Jr Play launches in UK and Denmark

Viacom-owned kids channel Nickelodeon has launched Nick Jr Play, its interactive app aimed at pre-schoolers, outside the US for the first time. The app, which includes access to Nick Jr. shows, games and music, is now available in the UK and Denmark, with other international markets to follow. The Nick Jr app has been downloaded […]

Viacom strikes Movistar Play mobile streaming deal

Viacom will launch a range of TV channels and content in Latin America through a deal with mobile streaming provider Movistar Play. The deal marks the first time Movistar owner Telefónica has secured such an agreement for its mobile and broadband customers. It is also a milestone for Viacom, marking the first time it has […]

Viacom and CBS formally explore new merger proposal

Viacom and CBS are once again formally dating – with exploratory boards created at both companies to look into a merger. Both companies yesterday released statement confirming they had each formed a special committee of independent directors to “evaluate a potential combination” with the other. Previous attempts at merging the two US media giants, which […]

TV18 takes control of Viacom18 joint venture

India’s TV18 Broadcast has become the controlling shareholder in the channels business it operates with Viacom. Network18 Media-owned TV18 has added 1% of Viacom’s shares in Viacom18 to become the 51% majority owner for US$20 million, meaning it takes operational and strategic control. A further element to the agreement means Viacom will continue to supply […]

Sony hires Turner’s Hornsey and Viacom’s Muller to run UK channels

Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has named Turner executive Steve Hornsey as vice-president of its UK Entertainment portfolio and Viacom-owned Channel 5 kids chief Sarah Muller as VP of SPTN’s UK kids and youth portfolio. Hornsey will oversee the entertainment channel portfolio which consists of seven channels, including film services Sony Movies Channel and Movies4Men. Muller […]

Channel 5 leads Viacom upsurge in UK

Viacom has highlighted the strength of the performance of its UK channels last year, led by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5, which delivered the largest audience growth among the country’s public service broadcasters, according to the media group. Channel 5’s audience grew by 5% to deliver a 6.51% share of all TV viewing, the service’s best […]

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