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Ball offered top ITV job

ITV has offered the job of chief executive to Tony Ball but has so far been unable to agree terms with the former head of British Sky Broadcasting, according to…

ITV1 ad sales rules to be relaxed

The UK competition regulator is preparing to announce a relaxation of rules governing how ITV1 sells advertising, but is unlikely to scrap all the controls binding the channel, and could…

DTV adoption now 99%+ in US

The Nielsen Company has reported that as of August 30th 2009, 99.4 per cent of US homes are able to receive digital television signals. This is a gain of more…

"Explosive" growth forecast for Asia pay-TV

The valuations of Asia's leading pay-TV operators are set to climb strongly amid rapid profit growth over the next five years, according to a study by Media Partners Asia (MPA).…

SES: handouts mean we won't push broadband

US and European economic stimulus packges are hampering the prospects for delivering broadband Internet access via satellite, SES, the world's largest satellite operator, has warned. Support for wireless broadband technologies…

Israeli court allows Premier League streaming

The English Premier League's latest efforts to block unauthorised streaming of matches in Israel have failed, following a court ruling in favour of free coverage. The EPL was hoping to…

Tesco and Microsoft launching online movie service

Supermarket giant Tesco and Microsoft have signed a collaboration agreement to launch an online video service. Starting in the autumn, Tesco will allow customers in the UK who purchase certain…

Spain Pay-DTT: technology ready; content unavailable

From David Del Valle in Madrid While technology companies like Nagravision take up positions in the Spanish pay-TV market following Abertis Telecom’s decision to choose its CAS to secure its…

GE mulling NBCU sale?

Wall St is speculating General Electric is paving the way for a possible change of the ownership structure at media company NBC Universal as Vivendi's annual option to sell its…

EC will probe RTVE funding

The European Commission is to investigate Spain's new funding model for state-owned broadcaster RTVE. The new model will see Spain compensating falling advertising revenues with taxes paid by private broadcasters…