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US abandoning FTA viewing?

America continues to favour cable or satellite TV, and research agency Nielsen says viewers are increasingly abandoning free-to-air (FTA) signals. FTA viewing is now only viewed by nine per cent…

BBC1 and C5 see audience share grow in 2012

BBC1 and C5 see audience share grow in 2012

BBC1 and Channel 5 were the only two of the five main UK TV channels to increase their share of the audience in 2012. The London Olympics, the Queen’s diamond…

MTG fourth FTA channel in Czech Republic

Modern Times Group (MTG), the international entertainment broadcasting group, will launch its fourth free-TV channel in the Czech Republic on February 1st 2013. The new nationwide channel – ‘Prima ZOOM’…

Broadcasters awarded FilmOn injunction

A California federal judge has approved a preliminary injunction against online TV website FilmOn, which temporarily bars the service from retransmitting television content from a group of broadcasters who instigated…

Pro7Sat1, RTL hit by encryption collusion fines

Germany’s competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt (Federal Cartel Office) has imposed fines totalling €55 million on broadcasting groups RTL and Pro7Sat1 and against two persons deemed responsible. The companies are accused…

BBC heads roll for Savile

The editor and deputy editor of BBC’s Newsnight are leaving on the publication of the Pollard inquiry into the dropping  of a programme on Jimmy Savile. The  inquiry led by…

EU backs World Cup free-to-air right

EU backs World Cup free-to-air right

The European Union is backing the free broadcast in Britain of the World Cup and European Championship football. An Advocate-General at the European Court of Justice rejected appeals by FIFA…

3 Sky channels join Freesat

Freesat has agreed a deal with Sky to add three new channels to its subscription-free satellite platform –  Sky News, Pick TV and Challenge TV. Sky News is now available…

Viacom tops Euro pay-TV channel revenues

Total revenues for Europe’s top pay-TV channels will reach $4.24 billion in 2012, according to a new report by Digital TV Research. The TV Channel Revenues in Europe report expects…

Tony Hall new BBC DG

Tony Hall new BBC DG

The BBC Trust has appointed (Lord) Tony Hall, former BBC chief of news and current CEO of the Royal Opera House, as the new Director General replacing George Entwistle, who…