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Scripps appoints Discovery’s Luff

Scripps Networks Interactive, a developer and producer of lifestyle video content, has appointed international media veteran Phillip Luff to lead its UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa business. As managing director of Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, Luff will be the lead executive for Scripps Networks in London, with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the company’s wholly owned and […]

White confirmed as Ofcom Chief

As widely anticipated, the Ofcom Board has announced the appointment of Sharon White as Chief Executive of the regulatory body. White will join Ofcom in late March 2015 from HM Treasury, where she is Second Permanent Secretary. In this role, White is the lead official responsible for managing the UK’s public finances, a position she has held since November 2013. […]

Sky Sports signs Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football and will join Sky Sports as a football expert and ambassador from the start of 2015.       The global sporting icon will work across Sky Sports’ schedule of live international, European and domestic football. Henry said: “After 20 years in the game I have decided to retire from professional football. It has been […]

Kavanagh heads BBC3

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The BBC has confirmed that Damian Kavanagh will leave his role as controller of daytime to become the digital controller of the new-look BBC Three ahead of its move online. Kavanagh has overseen the proposals to turn the channel into an online-only service, revealing plans to “re-invent the channel for the digital age and take risks with ideas, talent and […]

Spengler is Intelsat Deputy CEO

Intelsat, global provider of satellite services, has announced that current Intelsat President and Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Spengler has been promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Under the company’s succession plan, Intelsat Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David McGlade will transition to the position of Executive Chairman, effective April 1st 2015, at which time Spengler will become Chief […]

Viacom promotes Armstrong to EVP

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has announced the appointment of Michael Armstrong as Executive Vice President and General Manager, International Brand Development.   In this role, he is responsible for continuing to identify new market opportunities to launch BET, Paramount and Spike in addition to overseeing the strategy, branding and operations of those launches. “Michael has had a long, impactful tenure […]

ABS appoints Bachabi Africa MD

ABS has announced the appointment of Flavien Bachabi as the Managing Director of Africa.   Flavien will be responsible for leading the sales and business operations for the African continent. Tom Choi, Chief Executive Officer of ABS said, “We are excited to have Flavien on board at ABS, heading up our African operations.  As the regional Head of Sales, he will […]

‘Video Games’ inventor dies

Ralph Baer, the inventor and patent-holder of the first video game, has died aged 92. Baer, by popular acclaim described as the “father” of the video games industry, patented his prototype in 1972 and the idea was eventually marketed in 1971 as the Magnavox Odyssey – but at $100 for the unit. Magnavox subsequently sued Atari for patent infringement, but […]

Freesat’s Scott joins DC Thomson

Emma Scott, currently Managing Director of digital TV service Freesat, is to join media group DC Thomson in January 2015 as an Advisor to The Board of Directors. She will be working on a range of strategic initiatives across the Group.  Scott set up Freesat – jointly owned by ITV and the BBC – in 2007 and has driven the […]

Albrecht to step down as Millicom CEO

Millicom, the telco and media company dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America, has announced that Hans-Holger Albrecht has informed the Board of Directors of his intention to step down as President and CEO of Millicom at year-end. The Board of Directors has already initiated a search process for Albrecht’s successor.  A committee comprising the Chairman, Cristina Stenbeck, and directors […]

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