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BBC Store names chief

BBC Worldwide has appointed Jonathan Green as the new Director of BBC Store, the new digital service to be launched by the BBC next year which will allow people to buy and keep digital copies of the BBC programmes they love. Jonathan will join BBC Worldwide in his new role in December having previously held senior roles at Virgin Media […]

Former Fox Chairman heads TNT and TBS

Former Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly is joining Turner Broadcasting as President of TNT and TBS and Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment. Starting this autumn, Reilly will report to David Levy, President of Turner Broadcasting. As President of TNT and TBS, Reilly will combine the responsibilities at the two networks of longtime Turner Entertainment Networks President Steve Koonin, who left […]

Buccieri joins A+E Networks

Paul Buccieri has been appointed President, A&E and HISTORY. He will oversee all content creation, programming, brand development and marketing for A&E and HISTORY and their affiliated brands. A&E and HISTORY General Managers David McKillop and Dirk Hoogstra will now report to Buccieri. Prior to this appointment, Buccieri served as Chairman, ITV Studios US Group & ITV Studios Global Entertainment […]

Bekker MD of FIC Europe & Africa

Fox International Channels (FIC) Europe & Africa has announced the appointment of Hannelie Bekker as Managing Director (MD) of FIC Africa. With first-hand knowledge of the television market in South and East Africa, and strong relationships with African broadcasters, international content distributors and international channel owners, Bekker will assume responsibilities for all FIC brands in Africa, including FOX, FOX Crime, […]

Another Pirate Bay founder arrested

Another co-founder of Swedish file-sharing website Pirate Bay has been arrested while trying to cross into Thailand from Laos. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, known to hackers as TiAMO, was detained in the north-eastern Thai town of Nong Khai. He was subject to an international warrant after he was convicted in 2009 of aiding copyright infringement. The 36-year-old was convicted by […]

UKTV expands Technology and Operations teams

Media company UKTV will expand its Technology and Operations teams following a period of unprecedented growth, which has seen the network enjoy its most successful year yet and secure a 9 per cent share of British commercial viewing. The announcement was made by Jan Gooze-Zijl, UKTV’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer, who was handed an expanded remit last month. Setting […]

Newstag new CTO

Newstag, a crowd-curated video news service from Stockholm, has announced the appointment of Mat Ekholms as CTO in a move to support the company as it develops its innovative approach to news sharing through social media. Video expert Mats Ekholm brings over two decades of experience in the news, media and entertainment industries with an impressive track record of building […]

Pirate Bay founder gets jail

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for hacking into computers and illegally downloading files. He and a co-defendant were convicted of breaking into computers owned by technology services giant CSC by a Danish court. Prosecutors said it was the “largest hacking case to date”. Warg’s accomplice was given a six-month jail sentence but […]

Murdoch: ‘Unite to fight Netflix and Amazon’


Rupert Murdoch has called for a cooperative media response to challenger streaming services Amazon and Netflix. The media industry needs its own competitor to these giants, he told a WSJ technology conference. “As an industry, we need a competitor – a serious competitor – to Netflix and Amazon,” Murdoch said, “I think we’re all on the same page.” 21st Century […]

Ross appointed Discovery Channel President

Discovery Communications has announced the appointment of former Shine America CEO and Disney executive Rich Ross to the position of President of the Discovery Channel. Ross will join Discovery Communications in January 2015, and will be based at the company’s LA office. Ross will oversee creative and brand strategy, development, production, marketing and all day-to-day operations for the network. “Rich […]

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