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Sky lobbies for "free-to-air" sport events

BSkyB is lobbying to have the list of sporting events reserved for free-to-air television abolished in an ongoing government review. Chief executive Jeremy Darroch said Sky would argue for a…

Belgacom reports solid 2008

Belgium's dominant telco Belgacom TV has reported growth in 2008 exceeded that of the previous year, with the company adding 201,000 new subscribers. Growth peaked in the fourth quarter of…

Virgin appoints UBS to oversee sales

Virgin Media has appointed UBS bank to advise it on a sale of its television channels businesses that could be worth up to £500 million (E560m). Virgin Media Television includes…

Pro-Bel and Snell & Wilcox merger

Pro-Bel and Snell & Wilcox have announced the merger of their businesses, and the creation of a new joint company. The deal, which combines the strengths of two market leading…

Tiscali sale to BSkyB abandoned

Internet provider Tiscali said talks with BSkyB over the sale of its UK assets have ended. Tiscali said it was “de facto impossible” to proceed with the discussions because of…

Conax sees strong growth

Content security provider Conax, has reported 36 per cent revenue growth in 2008 based on global sales of its smart card security solutions. Conax‚ success is highlighted by strong growth…

Wall out at UKTV

Malcolm Wall, the chief executive of Virgin Media’s content business, is leaving the business. His departure comes as Virgin Media is said to be preparing for the sell-off of its…

Orange satellite success

Orange France has reported a 66 per cent growth in pay-TV customers across its IPTV and satellite platforms in Europe last year, rising from 1.2 million at the end of…

Sky: "C4 screwed itself up"

BskyB has bluntly blamed C4 for bieng the architect of its own demise. In an unforgiving response to comms minister Lord Carter's interim Digital Report, it claims Channel 4 has…

SBS drags on Sat 1

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 cut its 2008 dividend and initiated a new cost-saving programme after its SBS arm and poor advertising markets propelled it to a net loss. The company said…