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ITV: “TV has conquered the Internet”


Peter Fincham, ITV’s director of television, has said those who predicted digital technology would kill broadcast TV were wrong, proclaiming that “TV has conquered the Internet”. Fincham, who also runs ITV’s online content operation, said that even just a few years ago when he was running BBC1 the view was that channels were dead. “The prevalent feeling in the BBC […]

Swanston VP Commissioning at BBC WW

Julie Swanston has been appointed the VP of commissioning for BBC Worldwide’s channels business, where she will be seeking out originals and co-productions for BBC Brit and BBC Earth. Formerly an executive producer, Swanston will focus on commissioning original content for BBC Brit and BBC Earth, two of the three new global BBC genre brands set for launch this year […]

Sullivan stays at Sky Deutschland

Brian Sullivan, CEO of Sky Deutschland, has extended his contract by two years until the end of 2016, according to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. James Murdoch, chairman of Sky Deutschland’s supervisory board, is said to have personally negotiated a renewed contract. Sullivan has been CEO of Sky Deutschland since April 1st 2010.

Irdeto names Scott SVP Sales and Marketing

Irdeto has confirmed the appointment of Richard Scott as SVP of Sales and Marketing. His new role with Irdeto will encompass strategic planning for key accounts, new business acquisition, developing new growth opportunities, leading Irdeto’s global sales and marketing team. Before joining Irdeto, Scott spent over six years as Senior Vice President Global Sales & Service at Harris Broadcast where […]

Clarke appointed Channel Manager at UTV

Paul Clarke has been appointed as Channel Manager for UTV Television in Northern Ireland with responsibility for leading local production output, resources and budgeting. Clarke joined UTV in 1981 and since then has held a number of key roles within the company, including those of Executive Producer, Channel Editor and most recently Head of Local Programmes. Over three decades he […]

Discovery CFO: ‘International our real differentiator’

Andrew Warren, Senior EVP and CFO, Discovery Communications, has described the broadcaster’s international business as a “real differentiator” and suggested that newly-acquired Eurosport will benefit from a more localised approach in the 54 markets that Discovery operates in. Interviewed by CFO Magazine, Warren noted that the company’s international networks grew 51 per cent last year, compared with seven per cent […]

BBC appoints Postgate as CTO

The BBC has appointed of Matthew Postgate as Chief Technology Officer. He will be responsible for delivering the BBC’s technology strategy, in a role which encompasses the delivery and management of broadcast and enterprise technology infrastructure as well as the Corporation’s IT requirements. Postgate is currently the BBC’s Controller of R&D where he is responsible for a number of teams […]

Stoneback joins SCTE engineering staff

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has announced that Dean Stoneback, a veteran of more than 25 years in the cable telecommunications industry, has been named Senior Director of Engineering. Stoneback, who most recently had served as senior technical marketing manager with ARRIS Group and as senior manager, systems engineering, access networks for Motorola, will be responsible for the […]

Liberty names Ziggo CEO and IPO price

Liberty Global has lined up a new CEO for Ziggo, once its $13.7 billion acquisition of the Dutch cable TV company is completed. Liberty has named Baptiest Coopmans as CEO, subject to its Ziggo offer being declared unconditional. Coopmans is currently MD of Liberty Global-owned UPC Netherlands, a role he has held since replacing Robert Dunn last year. Ziggo’s current […]

Mitch Singer named Verance adviser

Hot on the heels of being named Vice President, Digital Business Development and Special Advisor to the Board of General Harmonics Corporation, Mitch Singer, former Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, has added another string to his bow. Verance Corporation, a global developer of technologies and solutions that protect and enhance the use of media content, has named the […]

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