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SES raises cash to buy O3b

SES raises cash to buy O3b

Satellite operator SES is raising about €1 billion in order to complete its purchase of O3b (a ‘next generation’ satellite constellation serving the ‘other 3 billion’ unserved and underserved broadband…

MTG invests in Engage Sports Media

MTG invests in Engage Sports Media

MTG has acquired 22 per cent of Engage Sports Media (ESM) with the option to increase its shareholding in the future. ESM enables premium sports rights owners to digitalise and…

Creativity initiative from French broadcast industry

France’s TF1 group and six leading broadcasting industry bodies – SATEV (press agencies), SEDPA (distributors), SPECT (content developers), SPFA (animated films), SPI (independent producers) and USPA (TV production) – have…

Comcast funds VR start-up

Comcast is amongst several firms to have invested $3 million in a new virtual reality company launched by executives behind DreamWorks Animation’s VR content. Branded ‘Spaces’, the compnay creates virtual…

Canal+: “It can be fixed” says Bolloré

Vivendi boss Vincent Bolloré has given a very rare interview to French business newspaper Les Echos, and makes it clear that the Canal Plus premium channel can be saved and…

BBC begins web cuts

BBC begins web cuts

The BBC’s online activities will focus on six flagship areas after a review to ensure they remain high quality and distinctive. The review was launched last autumn and led by…

BBC White Paper: Industry reaction

A number of industry commentators have expressed their view on the Government White Paper – A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction – including Professor Steven Barnett, Professor…

BBC: ‘Further debate on governance required’

BBC: ‘Further debate on governance required’

In its initial response to the Government White Paper on the BBC, the Corporation’s senior executive and Trust Chair have suggested that further discussion should take place on issues of…

Study: C4 privatisation “overwhelmingly negative”

A new report commissioned by UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 – authored by Patrick Barwise, emeritus professor of management and marketing at London Business School, and Gillian Brooks, research fellow…

SES carrying 23 UHD channels

SES says it is now carrying 23 Ultra HD channels across its fleet (up from 19 at December 31st). Fifteen of these channels are commercial. SES says it will increase…

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