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TF1 profits down threefold

TF1 profits down threefold

Impacted by the Covid-19 crisis and a decline in the ad market, French commercial broadcaster TF1 group has posted a net profit result down to €55 million in 2020 instead…

Virgin Media boosts free TV offer

UK multiplay operator Virgin Media is extending its free TV offering by making a variety of entertainment, lifestyle and learning-based programming available for all 3.5 million TV customers, at no…

Field test success for NEXTGEN TV

Field test success for NEXTGEN TV

Newly-released field testing carried out by Sony Electronics has demonstrated the real-world advantages of next-generation TV broadcasting now being rolled out across the USA. The ATSC 3.0 or NEXTGEN TV…

That’s TV ad-free Valentine weekend on Freeview

That’s TV, the UK music channel, will rebrand as That’s 60s on Freeview on February 13th/14th, and will go completely ad-free so millions of viewers across the UK can get…

PSBs to integrate Digital UK and Freesat

PSBs to integrate Digital UK and Freesat

UK public service broadcasters the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 plan to integrate Digital UK – the joint venture which facilitates the provision of Freeview TV services and Freesat –…

TV licence fee increase confirmed

TV licence fee increase confirmed

The UK Government has confirmed that from April 1st 2021, the cost of the annual television licence fee will increase from £157.50 (€178.90) to £159.00. The Government, which is responsible…

Court TV launches on Freeview

Court TV launches on Freeview

Court TV will launch on Freeview, the UK DTT platform, on February 15th. Court TV, a multi-platform network devoted to live and in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of some…

F1 maintains strong audience position

F1 maintains strong audience position

Formula 1 has released its annual audience figures, which show viewership trends comparing well to other sports that were affected by shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the fact…

ITV Management Board appointments

ITV Management Board appointments

UK commercial PSB ITV has confirmed that Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, and Dan Colton, Group Strategy and Transformation Director, are to join the company’s Management Board…

Italy’s broadcasting sector sees 10% revenue drop

Italy’s broadcasting sector sees 10% revenue drop

Italy’s broadcasting sector saw a 10.7 per cent annual drop in revenues during the first half of 2020, to €3.9 billion, largely brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to…

PURE ETCR nets FTA TV deal in NZ with Three

PURE ETCR nets FTA TV deal in NZ with Three

PURE ETCR has announced that the all-electric multi-brand touring car championship will be broadcast free-to-air in New Zealand in 2021 on Three. Three, part of Discovery Group, is the home…

BBC reveals financial transformation results

BBC reveals financial transformation results

The BBC has set out how it has transformed its finances over the past decade to ensure it continues to deliver exceptional value for all audiences. The Corporation has faced…

Data: Strong growth for Oz BVoD

Data: Strong growth for Oz BVoD

Data from research firm Roy Morgan shows 8.6 million Australians now watch Broadcast Video on Demand’(BVoD) services which include ABC iView, SBS On Demand, 7plus, 9Now and 10 Play. All…

C4 brings Test Cricket back to FTA

C4 brings Test Cricket back to FTA

Channel 4 has acquired the rights to show England’s Test cricket series in India in a deal that means Test cricket will return to free-to-air television in the UK for…

Ofcom consults on PSBs and indie production

Ofcom consults on PSBs and indie production

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom is inviting evidence on the relationship between public service broadcasters (PSBs) and the independent TV production sector. In December 2020, Ofcom published Small Screen: Big Debate…

RTL considering M6 disposal?

RTL considering M6 disposal?

Responding to speculation that it was seeking a buyer for its holding in French broadcaster M6, media group RTL has issued a statement suggesting that “it has repeatedly said that…