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Discovery to acquire Scripps for $14.6bn

Discovery to acquire Scripps for $14.6bn

Suggesting that the combination will accelerate growth across linear, digital and short-form platforms around the world and create a global leader in real life entertainment, Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks…

Freeview Play sales surge

Freeview has revealed that Freeview Play TVs account for more than half of all Smart HD TV sales in the UK. In June, 55 per cent of Smart HD TVs…

Viacom drops Scripps bid

Viacom is reported to have dropped out of talks to buy Scripps Networks Interactive.  Industry trade magazine Variety, for example, is reporting that the decision – although not confirmed by…

Research: Pay-TV/broadband alienating their subs

Research: Pay-TV/broadband alienating their subs

Firms providing TV and broadband packages did more than nearly any other sector to damage their reputations over the last year through poor customer service and increasing complaint levels. Pay-TV/broadband…

ITV: Ads down, production up

ITV: Ads down, production up

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has reported its H1 results, with a decline in advertising revenue blamed on “ongoing economic and political uncertainty”. Advertising revenue fell 8 per cent to £769…

IHS: UK, France TV watching time plateaus

IHS Markit has released findings from its Cross-Platform Television Viewing Time 2016 report, which analyses TV consumption trends across the ‘big five’ European markets: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the…

Spain: Pay-TV causes FTA ad revenue decline

Spain: Pay-TV causes FTA ad revenue decline

The growth of pay-TV and online streaming services is taking TV ad revenues away from the largest FTA operators in Spain; namely Mediaset and Atresmedia. In the first half of…

Ketchup TV launches on Freesat

Ketchup TV launches on Freesat

Freesat, the UK’s subscription-free satellite television platform, has added Ketchup TV to its VoD line-up. Available immediately, Ketchup TV offers free children’s entertainment and educational shows. Firm favourites for children…

ATP launches ATP Tennis Radio

ATP launches ATP Tennis Radio

The ATP and ATP Media, the broadcast arm of the ATP World Tour, have jointly announced the launch of their own digital radio channel, ATP Tennis Radio – a live,…

Sinclair, Nexstar agree spectrum share

In preparation for the approval of next-generation broadcast standard ATSC 3.0 by the Federal Communications Commission, as well as the implementation of national television station ‘repacking’, Sinclair Broadcast Group and…