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Community Channel now owned by the community

The UK’s Community Channel has been bought through a crowd-funding scheme which attracted almost £400,000 (€336k) in donations. Its backers say it is the first supporter-owned TV channel in the…

Italian TV licensing restructuring a “great success”

Italian TV licensing restructuring a “great success”

Back on July 1st the Italian government revised its TV licensing system. It lowered the annual fee from €113 to €100 and legislated that the fee had to be collected…

ITN eyes productions boost

Executives at UK news producer ITN say that the company’s increased focus on third-party productions will drive higher revenue levels in the coming years, proving that ITN is not simply…

UK set for £1bn broadband boost

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is to pledge £1 billion (€1.17bn) to improve Britain’s broadband infrastructure, under an investment initiative to boost productivity. The plan, which is targeting…

Makeover, increased content investment for All 4

Makeover, increased content investment for All 4

UK commercial public service broadcaster Channel 4 has revealed a new look for its on-demand service All 4. The service’s brand new interface for big screens (Smart TVs and games…

FACT broadens IP protection services

UK intellectual property protection body FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) is expanding its intellectual property protection services to organisations outside the audio-visual industry. Recent changes in its funding model have…

Pro7 refinances to fund expansion

German commercial TV group Pro7 has raised €515 million in additional capital to finance the “company’s growth strategy by the acquisition of other companies and interests in other companies in…

Edge targets £10m for UK television production

Edge Investments, the specialist investment house focused on the creative industries sector, has revealed it will invest up to £10 million (€11.2m) in the thriving UK television production industry. Joanna…

Wochit raises $13m in funding

Social video creation platform Wochit has announced receipt of $13 million (€11.9m) in funding, with investment from media giants ProSieben, Singapore Press Holdings’ SPH Media Fund, Carlo de Benedetti and…

Sony takes Hopster stake

Sony Pictures Television Networks has taken a minority stake in global pre-school SVoD platform Hopster, becoming a strategic equity investor and taking a seat on the company’s Board. The investment…

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