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SES adds 15 FTA channels for Benin

Satellite operator SES is now beaming 15 new Free To Air channels into the West African state of Benin. SES has assigned an agreement with the country’s government to supply…

Ofcom to review BBC news and current affairs

Ofcom to review BBC news and current affairs

UK media regulator Ofcom has detailed the scope of its review of the BBC’s news and current affairs output, which it announced in 2018. The review will assess how well…

Italy ends 2018 with 421 national TV channels

Italy ends 2018 with 421 national TV channels

A total of 421 national TV channels were available in Italy at the end of 2018, owned by 128 media groups, according to research by Confindustria Radio Televisioni. The figure…

Motorsport.tv launches FTA service

Motorsport.tv launches FTA service

Motorsport and automotive video provider Motorsport.tv, which in a previous incarnation as Motors TV provided a free-to-air channel on UK DTT platform Freeview, has launched a new service to fuel…

ITV4, Premier Sports score live La Liga

ITV4, Premier Sports score live La Liga

Coverage of La Liga, Spain’s top flight football league, will be shown, free to air, on ITV4 for the rest of the season. A live match will air every Sunday…

BBC 5G trial to extend rural coverage

The BBC is to pioneer live radio broadcasts over 5G mobile networks in the first public trial of its kind. The trial in Stronsay, Orkney, could help the BBC reach…

Analyst: Linear viewing’s continued demise

Analyst: Linear viewing’s continued demise

The death of linear TV is a phrase we have all heard many times, and analyst Michael Nathanson (of MoffettNathanson/MN) admits that conventional wisdom has trained cynical readers –  including…

Spain: Offers mean subs up, revenues down

Low cost offers and pay TV promotions are boosting the pay-TV market in terms of subscriptions but taking a toll on revenues. The latest report from regulator CNMC reveals that…

Bojack Horseman goes FTA on DMAX

Bojack Horseman goes FTA on DMAX

Acclaimed adult animation BoJack Horseman will be available for free for the first time to UK viewers starting on February 25th on DMAX, Discovery’s new free to air male entertainment…

F1 returns to Sky Deutschland

F1 returns to Sky Deutschland

Premier single-seater race series Formula 1 has announced a new two-year agreement with Sky Deutschland that will see Sky broadcast all Grand Prix weekends live across satellite, cable, IPTV, web…

BBC Three shows return to linear schedule

BBC Three shows return to linear schedule

Selected programming from the BBC’s online channel BBC Three is to feature on BBC One as part of a change to its scheduling to create a special slot devoted to…

Ofcom reins in BBC commercial activities

Ofcom reins in BBC commercial activities

UK media regulator Ofcom has published two decisions relating to the BBC’s commercial and commissioning activities. One of Ofcom’s principal functions in regulating the BBC is to set requirements around…

Childs steps down as UKTV CEO

Childs steps down as UKTV CEO

UKTV announced that Darren Childs has decided to step down from his role as CEO. Childs’ name has been mentioned in connection with the role of chief executive at the…

Smithsonian Channel launching in UK

Smithsonian Channel is continuing its international expansion by launching in the UK – its first European service – on February 12th. Already available internationally in Canada, Singapore and Latin America,…

M6 to acquire Lagardère’s TV networks

M6 Group has entered into negotiations to acquire Lagardère’s FTA and pay-TV networks (with the exception of international classical music and ballet channel Mezzo). The project anticipates the full takeover…

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