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Romania: EBU withdraws services from TVR on bad debt

The EBU has withdrawn member services from Romanian public service broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR) following the non-payment of debts totalling CHF 16 million (€14.5m). TVR will now no longer be…

Anti-trust fines for Italian football rights deal

The Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato) has levied €66 million in fines to the Italian league (Lega Calcio) and its rights holders for fixing the…

Citizens’ group opposes FCC open STB policy

Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) – a nonpartisan, non-profit organisation dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government – has submitted public comments to…

Labour criticises “bully” Whittingdale over BBC

Shadow Culture Secretary Maria Eagle has accused John Whittingdale of “bullying” the BBC as she launched a wide-ranging attack on the UK Culture Secretary. She also urged the government to…

NABA and DPP new delivery specs

The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) have unveiled two new technical specifications for the delivery of finished air-ready programmes for North America. Through joint…

US TV could reap billions from spectrum auction

According to S&P Global Market Intelligence estimates, a group of 12 US companies could generate almost $7 billion in an 84 MHz clearing scenario, or up to $13 billion in…

Minster: ‘BBC holds back UKTV’

The white paper that will set out the future of the BBC will be published in May, according to culture minister Ed Vaizey. Referring to earlier reports about UKTV he…

Obama ‘open STB’ stance criticised

Following Present Obama’s call for the FCC to open up set-top cable boxes to competition, two influential lobbying bodies have unsurprisingly queried the White House’s intervention. According to Digital Citizens…

Government plans BBCWW UKTV stake sale

The UK government is to order BBC to sell its 50 per cent stake in cable and satellite programmer UKTV, according to the Sunday Times, which usually has impeccable links…

IABM launches endorsement scheme

IABM has launched an industry-wide endorsement scheme for Industry Collaborative Groups (ICGs) within broadcast and media technology. The ICG Endorsement Scheme is a major IABM initiative and is designed to…