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Vodafone bids for Tiscali

Vodafone has emerged as a surprise frontrunner to acquire Tiscali after submitting a £1.1 billion (E1.37bn) bid for the group. A possible deal would give Vodafone a fixed-line broadband presence in the UK, and allow it to merge Tiscali’s Italian operation with its Tele 2 business there. BSkyB, BT, Swisscom-owned Fastweb, and Italian mobiles group […]

May 15, 2008

New CEO for Viasat Baltics

Vilma Marciuleviciute has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Viasat Baltics, and will be responsible for the digital satellite TV platform in the region. She is returning to the Baltics after three years in Moscow as CEO of the free-TV channel DTV. Vilma has worked within Modern Times Group MTG AB for more than […]

May 15, 2008

RTL hit by ad decline

Pan European broadcaster RTL, owner of Channel Five, has admitted that the TV advertising market in the UK has been tough in the first quarter of 2008, as it reported an overall drop in underlying revenue of 2.9 per cent to E1.323billion. RTL said that its German broadcasting business had performed well, while the UK […]

May 8, 2008

Spain face EC punishment over TV advertising rules

The European Commission has taken the next step in proceedings against Spain for not complying with television advertising restrictions. The infringement procedure, started in July 2007, is based on a monitoring report that found that the main TV channels in Spain, both publicly funded and commercial, failed regularly and by some margin to restrict advertising […]

May 8, 2008

CITEL includes DVB

The DVB Project has reported that the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), a body of the Organisation of American States (OAS), has decided to include the standards for digital terrestrial television DVB-T (fixed reception) and DVB-H (mobile TV) as official standards within the CITEL implementation guidelines. The CITEL Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting Implementation Guide‚ is intended to […]

May 7, 2008

ROK acquires Jalipo

ROK Entertainment has acquired 100 per cent of the issued and to be issued share capital of Jalipo for total consideration of 600,000 ordinary shares. Jalipo Media Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jalipo Ltd and the only operating function therein, is a UK Registered IPTV company which offers live streaming of TV content over […]

May 7, 2008

Viacom on song

Viacom's quarterly net profit rose 33 per cent, beating Wall Street forecasts, on strong sales of the 'Rock Band' video game and higher advertising revenue at MTV Networks. The company said it has seen no slowdown yet in US advertising, temporarily addressing concerns that the credit crisis will lead to an advertising recession. First-quarter profit […]

May 7, 2008

C4 hires Heaf

Channel 4 has hired BBC Worldwide’s director of digital ventures, Daniel Heaf, to work on interactive projects across its radio, TV and online output. Heaf, who was previously head of new media at BBC Radio 1 and the corporation’s BBC Teens brand Switch, becomes head of new media, 4 Radio and multimedia entertainment.

May 6, 2008

DirecTV nets 275K subs in Q1, more buybacks

DirecTV netted 275,000 customers during the three-month period, taking its customer count past the 17 million mark. DirecTV cited its ongoing HD programming push for part of the success, with CEO Chase Carey saying the company’s strategy “of offering the best television experience to higher quality customers continues to drive superior financial results.” In addition […]

May 6, 2008

MySpace misses as News Corp posts records

News Corp’s social-networking website MySpace failed to hit its revenue target this year as advertisers struggle to judge the commercial value of making on-line friends. News Corp revealed that its Fox Interactive Media arm, which includes MySpace, will miss its goal of an 80 per cent increase in revenue by “about 10 per cent”. The […]

May 6, 2008