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Decision deferred on Fox Sky bid

Decision deferred on Fox Sky bid

UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has told Parliament that the government will not make a decision on 21 Century Fox’s bid to acquire the remaining shares in Sky before the…

Orange hits TF1 with legal action

French telco Orange has started legal action against broadcaster TF1 alleging an abuse of dominant power. The dispute is believed to focus on a long-running carriage fee dispute between the…

EU content portability regulation now in force

EU content portability regulation now in force

After publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 14th on cross-border portability of online content…

CSA allows TF1 ad breaks in news

CSA allows TF1 ad breaks in news

French TV regulator CSA has authorised commercial channel TF1 to air a commercial break in news programmes that exceed 30 minutes, within a limit of 12 minutes per hour. In…

Discovery appoints Twitter TV’s Graver

Discovery Communications has confirmed the appointment of Fred Graver as Senior Vice President, Digital Content and Social for Discovery Digital. Graver most recently served as the Global Head of TV for…

ASA bans Sky broadband ad as Virgin complain

Sky has had a broadband TV commercial banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following a complaint from Virgin Media. The commercial featured the cast from animated movie The Secret…

Discovery and Scripps talk merger again

Discovery and Scripps talk merger again

Not for the first time, but once again, Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks Interactive are talking about merging their broadcasting assets. Although it is by no means certain that a…

BBC Worldwide improvements

BBC Worldwide improvements

BBC Worldwide – the commercial arm of the Corporation – has revealed its financial results for 2016/17, showing an increase in both headline sales and headline profits, and sustaining cash…

BBC transparency isn’t HD

A nervous BBC struck a hurried deal with then Culture Secretary John Whitingdale (remember him?), because it would rather get a frozen licence fee than risk trying to justify legally…

BBC reveals top stars’ pay

BBC reveals top stars’ pay

In tandem with publishing its Annual Report for 2016/17, the BBC has disclosed the amounts paid to staff and talent over £150,000 (€170,000) from the licence fee in the last…

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