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Cash-strapped ERTU rescued with E200m

Egypt’s giant public broadcaster, for some time suffering near-bankruptcy, has been rescued with a Egy£200 million cash injection (€27.14m). Egypt’s Radio and Television Union ERTU) has struggled for years with…

Thompson defends BBC’s sports rights strategy

Thompson defends BBC’s sports rights strategy

Mark Thompson, the outgoing Director General of the BBC, has chosen the occasion of the corporation’s success in winning broadcast and digital rights to the next four Olympic Games –…

Arabsat offers 6 Olympic FTA channels

Arabsat, working with Dubai Media, is to offer Middle East viewers six channels of free-to-air Olympic Games channels. The channels will run from July 27th to August 12th. Khaled bin…

RAI broke law encrypting Sky Italia channels

RAI broke law encrypting Sky Italia channels

A Rome administrative court has ruled that Italian public broadcaster RAI is violating its public service charter by encrypting its free-to-air TV channels so as to deny Sky Italia the…

Broadcasters appeal Aereo decision

A group of broadcasters has appealed a judge’s ruling against closing down Internet video service Aereo. The broadcasters claim that Aereo, which allows New York City customers to stream television…

French TV advertising collapsing

French TV advertising collapsing

Investment banker Morgan Stanley says French TV advertising is under extreme pressure, with one major broadcaster predicting a “severe downturn” in the period May to September, and that government help…

Judge clears Aereo for live TV broadcasts

Aereo, the start-up that takes live TV programming and sends it to mobile devices in New York, can continue with its service, despite objections from major broadcasters who argue that…

DTG welcomes Intellect HbbTV consultation

The Digital TV Group (DTG), the industry association for digital television in the UK and an active member of the HbbTV hybrid TV standard, has said it welcomes the decision…

Intellect trial HbbTV spec for UK

Intellect trial HbbTV spec for UK

Effectively snubbing the high-profile public broadcaster and ISP-backed launch of open IPTV platform YouView, Intellect, the UK’s trade body for the high technology sector, has revealed its preferred way for…

Telecom Italia ad revenue up 16% as sale prepped

Telecom Italia ad revenue up 16% as sale prepped

Advertising revenue for Telecom Italia Media’s free-to-air TV channels La7 and La7d in the first half of 2012 increased by 16 per cent on the same period in 2011, according…