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Chris Forrester is one of the most experienced and highly regarded journalists in the field. His insight and analysis, particularly in the satellite and pay-TV arena, is highly prized. He has written for all the major business journals in the sector as well as several national newspapers.

Walking Dead leading AMC to the graveyard?

AMC Networks has done extremely well out of its compelling ratings hit The Walking Dead, and over the years has been helped hugely by a number of critical and commercial…

Italy switches off TV pirates

Italy has been plagued for more than 10 years by dozens of unlicensed Italian pirate broadcasters. Indeed, they have been on air for so long that they have become part…

Intelsat shares rocket

The satellite investment community has seemingly decided that shares in Intelsat are worth money. After a couple of years of depressed share prices, November 28th saw a massive 10.32 per…

Eutelsat pays up on RSCC dispute

Eutelsat has been involved for much of the past year in a dispute between the Russian government and the country’s Yukos oil and energy company. Under dispute was $400 million…

Vivendi & Havas: The cousins will reunite

A much more positive outlook at Vivendi-backed pay-TV operator Canal Plus Group is helping Vivendi’s share price. One investment bank suggests this could add extra muscle to a long-expected ‘merger’…

Amazon’s ‘Grand Tour’ is just the start

The major release by Amazon Prime of the Clarkson-Hammond-May The Grand Tour motoring show, reportedly a $100 million investment, and hot on the heels of Netflix’s The Crown, again with…

Eutelsat faces complex dilemma over Kurdish channel

Eutelsat has been ordered by a Paris commercial court to re-instate a highly controversial Kurdish channel. Newroz TV was taken off air by Eutelsat on October 11th, and the satellite…

Satellite: “Rehabilitation”

A major 23-page report from equity analysts at investment bank Jefferies, and headlined: “Rehabilitation” examines the past year for European satellite operators (SES, Eutelsat and Inmarsat and Intelsat) with the…

Elstein book criticises “dozy” Ofcom

David Elstein, chairman of the Broadcasting Policy Group, is – not for the first time – highly critical of the way the UK’s public service TV obligations are being allowed…

Pro7 cash injection not well received

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s decision to raise more than €500 million in fresh capital has not been well received by the market.  The decision, combined with poor growth in advertising…

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