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C4 4iP appoints adviser

Channel 4’s £50m (E56.7m) public service digital media investment fund 4iP has engaged business advisory and investment company Pembridge Partners to advise its key projects. Pembridge’s role will be to…

Globecast delivering Champions League in HD

GlobeCast has renewed and significantly expanded its contract with UEFA in a deal to provide HD coverage of the Champions League and HD and SD coverage of the Europa League…

Sogecable and Mediapro reach PPV deal

From David Del Valle in Madrid The Spanish Competition authority's inquiry into pay-TV football rights has forced Mediapro, shareholder in La Sexta and holder of the majority of football TV…

Italian regulator opens RAI channels probe

From Branislav Pekic in Rome Italy's Communications Authority has opened its investigation into the satellite distribution of RAI channels, although it has has no objections to the launch of the…

UK OKs TV product placement

ITV has welcomed a Government U turn on product placement. Ben Bradshaw, the culture secretary, is expected to propose this week that commercial broadcasters and TV producers will be able…

i-Player is for all says BBC

Nearly a year after the BBC first offered its iPlayer to rival UK broadcasters, none of which have joined, now, at IBC, Erik Huggers has declared open door for international…

14 set up ratings group

Fourteen media companies have formed a research organization to pursue new methods to measure audiences. The Council for Innovative Media Measurement, said they would finance studies and promote innovation in…

ITV1 ad sales rules to be relaxed

The UK competition regulator is preparing to announce a relaxation of rules governing how ITV1 sells advertising, but is unlikely to scrap all the controls binding the channel, and could…

Mediapro faces Spanish anti-trust probe

From Davie Del Valle in Madrid Spanish competition watchdog the CNC has launched an inquiry into media group Mediapro and its pay-TV football channel Gol TV over possible anti-trust practices.…

Ball offered top ITV job

ITV has offered the job of chief executive to Tony Ball but has so far been unable to agree terms with the former head of British Sky Broadcasting, according to…

SES: handouts mean we won't push broadband

US and European economic stimulus packges are hampering the prospects for delivering broadband Internet access via satellite, SES, the world's largest satellite operator, has warned. Support for wireless broadband technologies…

Israeli court allows Premier League streaming

The English Premier League's latest efforts to block unauthorised streaming of matches in Israel have failed, following a court ruling in favour of free coverage. The EPL was hoping to…

Tesco and Microsoft launching online movie service

Supermarket giant Tesco and Microsoft have signed a collaboration agreement to launch an online video service. Starting in the autumn, Tesco will allow customers in the UK who purchase certain…

Spain Pay-DTT: technology ready; content unavailable

From David Del Valle in Madrid While technology companies like Nagravision take up positions in the Spanish pay-TV market following Abertis Telecom’s decision to choose its CAS to secure its…

GE mulling NBCU sale?

Wall St is speculating General Electric is paving the way for a possible change of the ownership structure at media company NBC Universal as Vivendi's annual option to sell its…