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Virgin Media TV appoints Webb

Virgin Media has confirmed that, following the departure of former CEO Malcolm Wall, Jonathan Webb has been appointed to the new position of Executive Director, Virgin Media Television. Webb will be responsible for leading the continued development of the company's portfolio of multiplatform entertainment brands, including Living, Virgin 1, Bravo and Challenge. Webb was appointed […]

April 10, 2009

EC to probe public broadcaster expansion

Moves by European public sector broadcasters to expand their activities into new areas, such as mobile TV and video on demand, could be subject to more prior scrutiny under revisions to controversial proposals published by Brussels. The European Commission is in the process of revising its 2001 guidelines for applying EU state aid rules to […]

April 10, 2009

Anevia secures $7m in capital investment

Anevia, supplier of IPTV and VOD solutions, has secured $7 million in a second round of financing led by Seventure Partners alongside CDC Innovation, a shareholder from the first round funding in 2005. Anevia leads the IPTV market with more than 10,000 live channels and over 4 million end users on the telecoms and hospitality […]

April 10, 2009

KIT acquires Narrowstep assets

KIT digital, a global provider of IP-based video enablement technologies, has acquired the assets and assumed certain current liabilities of London-based Narrowstep , an Internet TV platform company supporting content providers, broadcasters, telcos and other corporations. The acquisition expands KIT digital's client delivery capabilities – particularly in live-streaming, long-form delivery and delivery using the Microsoft […]

April 10, 2009

Virgin Media appoints Wheeler for music role

Virgin Media has appointed its first head of music in a bid to develop its music strategy including new services across mobile, TV and online. Richard Wheeler is joining the company from Orange UK where he was head of music and film partnerships.

April 7, 2009

German cable consolidation blocked?

According to German press reports the federal compeition authorities are set to block any putitive merger of the country's major operators. There has been much specualtion that the major three networks, KDG, Unity and Kabel BW – all owned by private equity and all derived from the former Deutsche Telekom network – want to 're-merge' […]

April 6, 2009

China clamps down on Web video

The Chinese government has ordered a crackdown on online video and audio content which could result in a tightening of internet censorship and limit the broadcasting of western films and entertainment programmes on the web. In a notice published on its website earlier this week, the State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (Sarft) published […]

April 6, 2009

BBC criticism may leave C4 stranded

An MPs committee has heavily criticized the BBC's commercial arm for damaging independent company's business with an aggressive sales tactics and a low priority on the bottom line. It was particularly scathing of the recent acquisition of the Lonely Planet guides. The committee was also deeply sceptical about the proposed tie up between BBC Worldwide […]

April 6, 2009

RCom promotes Behl to head

Reliance Communications (RCom) has confirmed the appointment of Sanjay Behl as the company's CEO for DTH and IPTV businesses operating under Big TV brand name. Behl currently serves as RCom Group Head Brand and Marketing Operations. He will continue to oversee the current responsibilities as well. Behl's association with RCom dates back to 2005 and […]

April 6, 2009

Setanta seeks funds

Irish sports pay broadcaster Setanta has held a fresh round of talks with private equity firms in a bid to raise up to £100 million (E110m) following the pay-television company's failure to retain both its Premier League football rights packages beyond 2010. In February, Setanta won the auction for only one of the six available […]

April 6, 2009